Last year, it was my first time at the Hay Festival, and I loved it. Not just for the fact I got to meet some of my favourite YA writers, but everywhere there are people sharing their love of books, and I had never experienced that before. As you stand in queue, those behind you are discussing the likes of The Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars(I heard a lot about these books in the queue for a Cassandra Clare signing this year), and you see all sorts of merchandise including Harry Potter t-shirts as you people-watch. I adore the atmosphere, and just soak it up. You don't usually see children in public reading on their Kindles, or even adults trying to navigate the crowds of people heading to events while holding a hardback. Never have I heard teenagers behind me playing a game I recognise from a John Green novel. The one difference between these two years was clear though: the weather. It's Wales. And it never stops raining.
My first event was on Saturday and this was Cassandra Clare's talk, ahead of the release of City of Heavenly Fire in a few days! I read City of Bones last summer, but have yet to continue the series, so I spent most of the time trying to avoid spoilers, although they usually make me more excited to read the books for myself. Clare was being interviewed by her friend Sarah Rees Brenna, and at that time, I wanted nothing more than an American accent. She was incredibly bubbly and absolutely hilarious - especially when reading an extract from the Bane Chronicles, imitating Isabelle's voice along with Clare. Topics went from the Mortal Instruments series to the Infernal Devices, and the love interests to the movie adaptation. When it came to questions, one of them was whether Clare thought the characters were brought to life like she imagined. Of course, you expect an author to agree and then praise the screenwriter at this point. But, without hesitation, she bluntly said, "No." I loved this. A quick, knife-sharp answer that said so much. It was surprising, admittedly, but hearing her talk about the film adaptation made me realise how rare it is that authors are actually involved beyond being invited onto the set once or twice.
|I think I own enough books to do this.|
Roll on next year!
Have you ever been to a book festival?
If so, what was your favourite event?
Tell me in the comments!