The Vegas Valley Book Festival was non-stop flailing fun because from the very beginning the authors were so cool! I was able to go to 3 panels on varying topics - Serial Killers to remixing the Classics to Resurrecting the Future (although on that last one the Moderator didn't really touch on the topic). I took notes studiously but there were so many wonderful answers by these authors that it's hard to really capture in this post all the insight and humor they had to relate. I noted several answers in my notebook on different questions, but I'm going to pick one panel and one question and talk about all the answers. I'm going to paraphrase all the answers though, so I hope I'm getting the gist of it right!
One thing I'm always interested in is adapting or reimagining the Classics in new ways (it's part of my Jane Eyre obsession) so when the moderator on the Classical Remix panel asked if the original story limited the authors in any way I was really interested in the author's answers.
A.G. Howard (author of Splintered) said that with the Lewis Carroll books, not everyone is familiar with what goes on in Through the Looking Glass so she needs to make sure that people know what was in the original. It helped her that her character uses the book as a guide through Wonderland.
Vivi Barnes (author of Olivia Twisted) wanted to improve on the characters (some characters in Oliver Twist really didn't get a good ending) which made the characters her own but she also needed to stay true to the original.
Gena Showalter (author of Alice in Zombieland) was much more straightforward - she took what she wanted from the original and discarded the rest.
Mary Lindsey (author of Ashes on the Waves) was constrained by her original story - Edgar Allan Poe's poem Annabel Lee - so she used 36 different works of Poe's and mixed in biographical information and Celtic lore. (I have to say- LOVE Annabel Lee soo much! I can't wait to read this book!)
Claire LaZebnik (author of The Trouble With Flirting) wanted to make sure the book stood up on it's own, independent of the original (Austen's Mansfield Park)
Eileen Cook (author of Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood) said she took inspiration from the theme of her original book (The Count of Monte Cristo) and went off in her own direction.
Stacey Jay (author of Of Beast and Beauty) didn't feel constrained at all - she was only inspired by the original. (And since this is the only book on this panel that I have read so far, I wanted to say it was very interesting how she took so many elements of the original fairy tale and twisted them around to something so new and unpredictable)
|All the authors and Event organizers|
Paola brought her super-nice camera to the festival so if you stop by her blog sometime soon, she's sure to have a fantastic post about the event with way better pictures! And Stacie is sure to have an awesome recap and giveaways on her blog as well!
Now I got some signed bookmarks at the festival and I've been thinking about how to give away some on my blog. I would like to send them out individually to people who are really interested in these books/authors, so I'm going to do a RANDOM TWITTER GIVEAWAY all this week! Starting today I'll tweet the bookmark up for grabs and the first follower to respond will get it. I'll also randomly pick a winner from this post's comments if you include which bookmark you would like to get. Here's what I'll be giving out this week:
One signed Every Other Day bookmark and Raised by Wolves Series temporary tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
One Pivot Point and
The Distance Between Us bookmark by Kasie West
And keep an eye out for something Catching Fire related as well (unsigned though!)
Please click on the button if you aren't a follower already! I will use the hashtag #VegasBookmark so you can keep track of the giveaways. If I send a message that you've won, please DM or email (at bookishwhimsy(at)gmail.com) to send me your address and I will mail out the prize ASAP. These will all be open internationally (except the Catching Fire giveaway). I'm not responsible if these are unfortunately lost in the mail. Thanks for reading! And thanks to the Vegas Valley Book Festival for putting together such an amazing event! I'm looking forward to going again next year! And if I can just put it out there right now, if Melina Marchetta could be invited to attend that would be THE BEST.