Showing up at Indigo Yorkdale this past Saturday just after 10am, I thought that would be plenty of time to get a good spot before Marissa Meyer’s 12pm signing. Little did I know that Wendy and I were certainly not the first to arrive! We spotted Ardo (A Wordsmith), Siobhan (Conversations of a Reading Addict), Liz (Midnight Bloom Reads) with a few others right at the front. Just arriving right with us were the Ottawa gals Meaghan (Feeling a Little Bookish), Ciara (Lost at Midnight Reviews), Emilie (Emilie’s Book World) and Katie (Bookishly Yours) – it’s like a bloggettes reunion every time there’s a big event going on! After getting some much-needed coffee, Wendy and I ended up further back than we thought we’d be – but made some new pals while in line including Rose (Rose’s Book Corner) and Michelle & Caryl (Dorks in Wonderland)
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After spotting a ton of others go by (I’m seriously not even going to try and list them all.. Marissa brought out the big group of us, for sure!) we finally got settled into seats – JUST barely making it into the limited seating area. Wendy and I commented how usually we’re so much further up than this! 😉 (and we were 2 hours early to the event!)
Shortly after 12, Marissa is welcomed to the stage with loud applause and she shares with the crowd the premise of both Cinder and Scarlet – which you can watch in the video below!
The 3rd book will be about Rapunzel and will be called Cress because they are both types of lettuce. Which leads into Marissa sharing some fairytales. More accurately, the true versions of the fairytales that are not Disney-esque at all. When she was young and loved the Disney movie The Little Mermaid, she was shocked to find the “real” versions and so she shared with us the gruesome stories of Rapunzel, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood (the most gory of them all!) Rose’s young daughter sitting next to us was stunned, with the most jaw-dropping horrified look. I don’t blame her, the stories were definitely disturbing!
During the Q&A, we find out that Marissa enjoys writing female characters who have more to them than finding a boyfriend (like how many of the fairytales seem to have a “prince charming save the damsel in distress”). Her favourite thing about reading & writing is that it allows her to explore other things and other worlds, and her favourite Sailor Scout is Jupiter because of her tough exterior and softer inner self. A lot of Sailor Jupiter’s personality greatly influenced the character of Cinder. And what would she be doing if she wasn’t a writer? Trying to become a writer.
After getting my two hardcover copies of Cinder & Scarlet, plus the paperback of Cinder (with us bloggers in it!) & Scarlet ARC signed, we hung around a bit longer to wait for the others a bit further back in the line. At this point it was probably just after 1pm and we were starving! Made our way through the busy Yorkdale Mall to head to Joey’s (while all 11 of them waited patiently for me to run into Kate Spade to buy the wallet I’ve been eyeing!) We had such a lovely lunch with lots of talk about books, weddings and Harry Potter!
While on our way home on the subway, we noticed commotion in the subway car next to us. This was right after we heard an overhead announcement to not swing on the “monkey bars”. We then realized that they MIGHT have actually been filming a Harlem Shake video in the other train car. Oh jeez. 0_o
It was lovely to see everyone and a big thank you to Raincoast Books, Indigo & Marissa Meyer for a wonderful sunny Saturday event!