SDCC 2019 Book Panel Wrap Up
SDCC was a comics, tv, and pop culture explosion, but to no ones surprise, we totally attended a lot of the YA book panels! So I am going to share some of the highlights of the few book panels I went to, as well as sharing with you all some arcs! Be sure to read to the end, because you do not want to miss this giveaway!
Spotlight on Leigh Bardugo & Erin Morgenstern
The first panel I attended was a spotlight conversation with Leigh Bardugo and Erin Morgenstern, moderated by NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer. Yeah no big deal! And a great way to start Thursday. Well actually we woke up at before it was dawn so we could wait in the special ticket line to get signing tickets to the after panel signing for Leigh & Erin. With the extremely limited amount of tickets, I really thought maybe they would be giving away ARCs…and yes! We did get The Starless Sea! Plus the Kevin Wada Ladies of the Grishaverse poster and other swag!
Ok back to the panel…it started off with a surprise, Leigh winning the Inkpot Award! The Inkpots are awarded to sci-fi and fantasy creators each year at SDCC. She teared up and it was so sweet and clearly well deserved!
Leigh is of course here to promote the Ninth House her upcoming ADULT dark fantasy. It is set at Yale and deals with the dark, secret societies, and overcoming some serious trauma.
Ok here are the most important things we learned on the panel. Leigh can’t share much about the Shadow and Bone Netflix TV adaption, but here is what was divulged. It is going to be split about 50/50 between Shadow and Bone trilogy and Six of Crows duology. We also learned that David Peterson, who created the Dothraki language for Game of Thrones, will be working on the unique languages for the show. Leigh describes it as “high-budget fanfiction!” and she feels that the changes are all exciting and dramatic. She also let us know that a few main characters have been casted, and now these actors have already erased her head canon of what the characters looked like in her mind. She now can only see the actors. It starts filming in 2 months in Budapest!
Erin Morgenstern is promoting her newest novel The Starless Sea and here is what we learned on the panel. Erin doesn’t outline or plot, and it’s why she takes a lot time to write a book. She’s a pantser – she just writes the story, and revises and revises and revises. For example, Celia wasn’t even in the first draft of The Night Circus (WHAT?!)! The Starless Sea is it’s own book, it is completely different than The Night Circus and just she had to do something set apart. However, Erin did say that it is set in the same universe.
The Starless Sea is told through stories about stories and books and interlocking those elements together. Kind of like an adult ‘choose your own adventure.’ She stated that she got the idea from playing the video game Dragon Age: Inquisition. She liked the fact that a characters choices could send the story in a completely different direction. Erin also created her own deck of tarot cards that she uses to help her come up with ideas and tarot shows up in both her books.
Erin did say that The Night Circus was optioned for film before the book was even published, and it is still in development hell. She didn’t even know there was a director associated until she saw it on twitter. But be happy, there is new movement on the project.
Erin and Leigh had great charisma together and Petra was more than just a moderator, she was a true fan.
Into the Fanzone! Celebrating Pop Culture in Literature
The bookish panel we attended on Friday was Into the Fanzone! Celebrating Pop Culture in Literature with panelists Ashley Poston, Britta Lundin, CB Lee, Danika Stone, Lily Anderson, Preeti Chhibber, and Whitney Gardner. Moderated by Holly West, senior editor of Swoon Reads/Macmillan. With so many of our fav authors in one place, the panel was a treat!
The best part may have been Kelly’s audience question!
3 Future Reads for Your TBR
SDCC is full of news for upcoming media, including books! We had a chance to visit authors and publishers – here are a few we can’t wait for!
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gaby Rivera
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund
Authors We Met
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