Warning: I will be dragging on my YALC posts, and what I mean by that is that I won’t have 1 giant YALC post. Today’s post is a review of my experiences of YALC and the London Film and Comic Convention (LFCC). However, I’ve written another post concerning my tweets (I did that a lot) and bookish hauls. As I said, I’m dragging it out.
I ordered tickets ages ago (Early-Bird for Saturday) and on Saturday I woke up at 5AM to get on a bus to get to the con at 9AM. I got there at 8:45 (Woooot!) and I’d been warned about the awful lines but what I saw was ridiculous. Now, anyone who knows me knows that lines stress me the hell out. They stress me out so much, and when I stress, I stop breathing properly (sucks to my ass-mar!). I was on the line for about an hour and during that time made a complete loop around the building, twice. But finally, at 10, I was in!
And hit with a full onintroverted semi-panic attack. There was heat and a lot of people. A lot, and I was early so I was staggered for a second, what the heck will this place look like when they start letting everyone in?! However, I’d been told by Daphne that YALC was in the back so I kept walking. I was thankful at times that my Bahamian upbringing had taught me the value of pushing through crowds, cause goodness me, I had to push to make it past the wings and capes, and careful not to read on swords or beards or giant shoes. My biggest regret from the day is that I didn’t take more pictures. I’m very careful about having my phone out in public after it was stolen that way!
Claire’s 5 Cents: Next time, either give YALC a bigger space at LFCC or maybe, be its own convention!
The YALC section was amazing! They had signing posts (if you were into that sort of thing), a sectioned area for talks and workshops, lovely bean bag chairs that I forgot to take pictures of, a book wall and my favourite section: books being sold by a few stores! One of my biggest quips from LFCC is that I wish YALC had more space, it was a nice cosy area but felt cramped because there were GIANT queues for people taking photographs with Stan Lee and was also next to some big signing posts for the LFCC part.
I’m not huge into book signings so I was a bit sad to see only a few stalls for books being sold. Waterstones had a huge section and I admit, I dropped a few couple (read: a lot) of pounds on books from Hot Key Books (which will come up in another post). But it was lovely to talk to the staff from these places, so many were enthusiastic and you could see on their faces how much they loved books. If I glanced at a book they didn’t give me the sales pitch but rather went into the story and why they liked it or didn’t and I really appreciated that. So I want more book stalls! And also maybe sections or perks for book bloggers? Maybe a book blogger pass or special tag? I met so many book bloggersbut some people I walked right by and didn’t realise till I went on twitter that they were book bloggers or booktubers!
Claire’s 5 Cents: Better organization!
That line to get in was all kinds of chaos and I don’t blame YALC for that but LFCC. YALC was pretty well organizedbut LFCC was almost a veritable mess. It was confusing and cramped. My biggest quip is that there needed to be better control of queues for photographs, signings and everything. There queues everywhere, oh my goodness it was horrible. There was some lack of organization at YALC as well, though but like I said earlier, it wasn’t so but I do remember hearing complaints about a 2 hour line for Rainbow Rowell…
Claire’s 5 Cents: What’s with calling YA readers teens?
They kept talking about teens in the panels. I’m sure this is my looking to deeply into things and by then I was really exhausted and just happy to have a chair to sit on… but a number of authors referred to YA readers as teens. I get why, the genre is ‘YA’, however, I’m 25. I primarily read YA and I’m not a young adult or teen or anything. Now, I know this is cultural and young adult can encompass a whole range of ages depending on the individual’s perspective, but I know many 5o years olds that read YA. They’re not teens, so I’d like YA readers to be acknowledged as all encompassing. Again. I was tired. I’m interested in hearing about what others thought of this as well.
I enjoyed the event overall though as a relatively shy person I found the environment itself to be a bit challenging. I had so much fun, I was exhausted, my feet ached and though I brought buckets of food and water, it was not enough. I loved every moment of it and I wish I could have gone to the Sunday portion as I hear from Hanna (Broc’s Bookcase) that Sunday was more enjoyable overall because of the smaller crowds. I enjoyed the talks, the range of things discussed, the books, the amazing staff, and of course, meeting all of the book bloggers (coming soon)! If it wasn’t for the amazing people I met, especially Rinn and Hanna whom I hung out with the most, I think I’d have crumpled into a confused heap! YALC is something I’d love to come to again and I’d love to also see it become its own thing, a convention of its own. LFCC was good, but I’d go to that on a Sunday next time, for sure! Below are a few other shots. I apologise for the quality of these pictures!
Upcoming YALC posts:
- YALC in a Tweet (or more)
- Freebies + Bookish Hauls
- Meeting Fellow Bloggers
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