5 Book To Movie Adaptions That Were Actually Decent.

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Hello Everyone!

We’ve all seen a movie based off of one of our favorite books and have been crushed when you see how terribly it was ruined. (Percy Jackson fans can all testify…) The thing is, when a book to movie adaptation is done well, it’s awesome, but that’s so rare. Despite all the disappointments  over the years, I’ve compiled a list of five adaptations I thought did the book justice!

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

This book was one of those books that was just loved as a child, I read it over and over. I loved every part of it so much, from the story being about three sisters, to the ballet school setting. The on screen adaption with Emma Watson is fantastic. It truly brings the story to life so well, illustrating all the beautiful scenes so well, like turning the house into a boarding house and the Midsummers Night Dream Ballet. Its so  beautiful to see the book come to life like that.

Plot Deviations: The movie follows the book almost exactly, but there are a couple of small changes, I believe all the Fossil sisters are aged slightly, and there is a love triangle between Garnie, Mr. Smith and Theo the dance teacher, which I thought was unnecessary, but didn’t detract from the story too greatly.

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I loved this book so much, I cried over it at the end, and was eager to see if the movie was an accurate portrayal of the beautiful story. I was so happy, when I found that it was actually very accurate.The casting was literally perfect. Every character was exactly how I imagined them, and all the actors portrayed them very in character and accurately. Overall everything was very spot on and kept the integrity of the story intact.

Plot Deviations: I can’t think of any big plot deviations at all. Some scenes were chopped out or shortened for the sake of timing, but all the integral moments were there.

The Giver by Lois Lane

I feel like this movie got terrible reviews, but I don’t really know why, because it totally did the book justice.  The movie follows the book very closely, the entire community is exactly as I pictured it, and was portrayed accurately. Many of the scenes were nearly word for word from the book. The movie manages to get the deep message across well, which I thought was impressive because the book is very introspective.

Plot Deviations: There are only a few of minor plot deviations. They are all 18 instead of 12, (The Ceremony of Twelve is more of a Graduation). There is a slight romance between Jonas and Fiona, and towards the end Asher plays more of an antagonistic role.

 

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkein

I talk about Lotr all the time, so I will spare you the fangirling. This is one of the best movie adaptions ever. The characters are spot on, the setting is beautiful and perfectly captures Middle Earth, the story is exact. There are so many direct quotations, I love these movies, they are perfect.

Plot Deviations:  Arwen plays a much bigger role in the movie than she does in the book, and there is a whole scene where Aragorn falls off a cliff which never happens in the books. Of course some parts of the book are cut out, but its understandable when the movies are already 3 1/2 hours long.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I really have a love/hate relationship with this book, but I still really wanted to see the movie. I have to say this may be the best adaptation I’ve ever seen. It followed the story exactly and the casting was perfect. Watching the movie was literally the book come to life, can all adaptations be perfect?

Plot Deviations: There were almost no plot deviations except some scenes were cut out or seriously shortened for the sake of timing.

 

When it comes to big screen I’m honestly not that picky. The most important thing to me is that the main message of the book is still there. If there is a minor romance put in, or the characters are a couple of years older I don’t mind too much. What I don’t like is when the story is completed changed or tons of filler is added to add “excitement”. It’s the most important to the integrity of the story is kept and the characters are portrayed correctly and well cast, if a movie has all those elements, I’m a happy camper.

What are some book to movie adaptions you loved? What are some you hated?

What do you look for in on screen adaptions?

 

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March Wrapup

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Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone has had a great month! March was a good month, but at the same time incredibly normal and it was really nice.

This month I have been obsessed with:

Jon Bellion, Hollyn & Colton Dixon: I listen to music almost constantly, when I walk, clean, blog, work, so I love finding new jams. This month Colton Dixon dropped his new album and it took like four seconds listening to it to fall in love, I’m obsessed. I’ve had Colton Dixon, Hollyn’s new album (I gushed about that on Wednesday) and Jon Bellion (everything by him is awesome) on continuous shuffle. I have particularly been loving:

Technicolor by Colton Dixon

Lovely by Hollyn

Luxury by Jon Bellion

Supergirl & Legends of Tomorrow: All the DC TV shows are so awesome and I’ve been watching them all, this month I’ve been binging Supergirl in an attempt to get all caught up. I’m very ensconced in this fandom…

Springtime Aesthetic: I feel like it’s dumb to say I’m obsessed with the weather, but I kind of am. The winter was really cold and wet but now the sun shining and the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming, this all makes me very happy.

This month I read:

Peculiar Treasures by Robin Jones Gunn ( Katie Weldon Series #1): Five Stars

On a Whim by Robin Jones Gunn (Katie Weldon Series #2): Four Stars

Paper Towns by John Green : Four Stars

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby: Three Stars

Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle: Four Stars

I didn’t read as much as I hoped this month, I noticed how little I had read towards the end of the month, and tried to pick the pace. I try not to stress about how much I read, because I never want it to feel like a chore, but I wished I had read a little more.

This month I bought:

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I just bought one book this month, the final book in the Return Series by Ridley Pearson, Disney at Last. It just came out a couple of days ago and I’m obsessed!

 

This month on the blog:

March TBR

Book Review: The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Song of the Week: Maybe IDK by Jon Bellion

My Five Favorite Fictional Couples Pt.2

A Book Recommendation: The Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn

5 Worst Fictional Villains

Book Review: The Siren by Kiera Cass

Song of the Week: Can’t Live Without You by Hollyn

I didn’t read as much as I would of liked, but I did post really consistently on the blog so I’m really happy!

How did your month go? What are some of your favorites from this month?

5 Worst Fictional Villains

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I have a love/hate relationship with good villains, sometimes there is a villain is just written so brilliantly, it just makes my skin crawl. I hate reading about them, but at the same time I can’t help but admire the author for portraying such a character so well. I have compiled a list of the five top villains that just me shiver!

5. Grima Wormtounge from The Lord of Rings

There are a lot of villains in LOTR; Sauron, Saruman, Gollum, Shelob, just to name a few, but out of all of them Grima Wormtounge just gives me the creeps. I know he is one of the less threatening villains in the series, but the spineless, insidious way he whispers lies into to Theodens ear is so disturbing. He continues in the books just being a creepy and awful person, he definitely make the list of worst villains.

4. Sir Devin from The Dragons In Our Midst Series

Sir Devin starts out as the vaguely disturbing high school  principal, then you find he is an ancient Dragon slayer out for Billy and Bonnie’s blood. Not only is he totally blood thirsty and rage filled, the guy never just LEAVES. They defeat him in several battles and somehow he always comes back, crazy as always. He’s such an aggravating villain.

3. BeiTech/The Phobos Virus from Illuminae

Technically you never really meet any of BeiTech, but they release the Phobos Virus which then mutates into the mind altering- zombie like pandemic that kills thousands on the Copernicus and Alexander spaceships. The “villains” in Illuminae are sort of faceless, but all the horror and bloodshed that they cause makes my skin crawl, so they definitely make the list at number three.

2. Uriah Heep from David Copperfield

Literally one of the most disturbing villains ever. Uriah Heep is one of those characters that for a majority of the book never really does anything bad, it’s not until the end of the book that his sketchy dealings are revealed, but the most disturbing thing about Uriah Heep is not what he does, but more who he is. He always rubs his hands together, he has this preening, “humble” appearance that you just know is an act, not to mention he has a weird crush on Agnes and is just all around super creep.

1 . Levana Blackburn from The Lunar Chronicles

Out of all the disturbing villains out there, Levana Blackburn takes the cake. I think she had potential to be a very generic “evil queen” character, but Marissa Meyer wove this horrifying backstory for her, giving her this depth, without taking away from her pure evilness. From brainwashing Everett into marrying her and later killing her niece so she could take the throne, all while convincing herself that she is somehow doing it for her kingdom. It’s so disturbing!

 

What are some villains you can’t stand?

My Five Favorite Fictional Couples Pt.2

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Almost exactly a year ago, I did a post 5 Favorite Fictional Couples. Now a whole year has past and I’ve read a bunch more books, and I have found five more amazing fictional couples to gush and fangirl over. I figured it was time to do another list! So here is part two of my favorite fictional couples:

5. John Murphy & Elisa Lindhiem from The Zion Covenant by Bodie Theone

Why I Love Them: They never give up on each other. Through all the horror and peril they face from the Nazis and wartime in general, they always find their way back to each other. It’s  so beautiful ❤

Why They Are Good For Each Other: They are a constant for each other and they both need that. Despite all the darkness around them, they both find solace and home with each other and they love each other so much it makes me melt.

My Favorite Moment of Theirs: They have plenty of amazing moments (their first kiss at Christmas in Vienna) but the moments I loved the most were when they weren’t even together. When they were separated but you saw their thoughts and longing for each other filled my heart!

“There has not been an hour since I last saw you last that I have not turned around, hoping somehow you would be there.”

– John Murphy, Bodie Theone, Zion Covenant

 

4. Eleanor & Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Why I Love Them: Eleanor and Park didn’t go looking for each, they didn’t even really like each at all when they met, but then they fell in love. And it’s so beautiful, they belong with each other. The unexpectedness and intensity of their relationship is just so awesome.

Why They Are Good For Each Other: They get each other. They are both misfits and don’t fit in, but they fit in with each other, they are simply best friends. Any relationship where they spend all day together and leave still wanting to be together makes me all mushy.

My Favorite Moment of Theirs: The whole book is one big moment for them, so its really hard to choose! I really love the first time Park holds her hand, then she takes his hand later. All the feels.

“He tried to remember how this happened—how she went from someone he’d never met to the only one who mattered.”
― Park, Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

 

3. Maxon Schreave & America Singer from The Selection by Kiera Cass

Why I Love Them: I love those love stories that unfold slowly. As frustrating as it was that America took so long to realize she loved Maxon I loved reading every moment of her realizing how much she did. They went through so much together, their commitment to each other is amazing.

Why They Are Good For Each Other: America is impulsive, Maxon is follows the rules, together they balance each other night. They perfectly complement one another. America makes Maxon feel loved and Maxon makes America feel cherished, together they make me want to cry happy tears…

My Favorite Moment of Theirs: They have so many beautiful moments, but I really really love their first kiss. It’s so unexpected and tender and sweet. They are just perfect.

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”
―Maxon Schreave,  Kiera Cass, The One

 

2. Todd Spencer & Christy Miller from The Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn

Why I Love Them: Together they just make each other better. They spent so many of their teen years with each other, but not truly together.I loved seeing their love story unfold when they are older is just amazing.

Why They Are Good For Each Other: Like I said, they make each other better people. Todd encourages Christy closer to God, which is such an awesome thing in a relationship  and Christy is always there for Todd, which he needs. They build each other up in Christ and the closer they get to each other, they get closer to God, I dream of having a relationship like that one day.

My Favorite Moment of Theirs:  There’s this one moment in one of the last few books, they are painting a bookshelf Christy bought. They are reminiscing on their past and teasing each other and hit each other with paint brushes. It’s such a cute, sweet time in their relationship. Also whenever Todd calls Christy “Kilikina” my heart melts.

“I don’t think anyone could ever love another person on this earth as much I as love you”

Todd Spencer, Robin Jones Gunn, Christy Miller Series

  1. Ze’ev “Wolf Kesley & Scarlet Beniot from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Why I Love Them:
They have one of those relationships that is just so secure. They know that this is it, they will love each other and protect each other no matter what. #wolfletislife

Why They Are Good For Each Other:  Wolf grew up without love, and Scarlet loves him, he cares about her so deeply, and they both need that.  They have gone through all these terrible things, but at the end of the day they just want to go and live on her farm and just be together, it’s just perfect.

My Favorite Moment of Theirs: Every moment with each other is total perfection, but I love their reunion in Winter. I felt like I had legitimate heart eyes.

“But you’re the only one, Scarlet. You’ll always be the only one.”
― Wolf, Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

 

What are some of your favorite couples?

 

 

March TBR

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Hello Everyone!

I am happy to report that my goal to 100 books this year is going well so far! At the beginning of February I was afraid I was falling into a little reading slump, but I started really good books and thankfully ended it before it began. I only a few books I really have planned to read this month, that way I have room if I want just randomly pick something up. My March TBR includes:

 

A Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke

I’m still very slowly working through this series by Janette Oke. They are really great light reads and I am enjoying picking them up when I have a spare moment!

Peculiar Treasures by Robin Jones Gunn

I read the Christy Miller series last month and I LOVED them. This book is the first book in the spin off series about her best friend Katie Weldon. I already started it and I’m enjoying it so much, I can’t wait to see how she will keep moving the story along!

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

I used to read a ton of Christian Romance, but in the past years I haven’t read to much. I got this book for Christmas and I’m excited to jump back into the genre.

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

This is another recommendation by my sister. It doesn’t seem like something I would typically read, and I don’t really even know what it’s about, but it’s one of  her favorites, so I hope I like it!

 Paper Towns by John Green

Its like, five years late, but I’m finally picking up my first John Green book. I’m actually pretty excited to read it!

 

What’s on your TBR this month?

 

 

Bullet Journaling Guide from a Beginner

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Hello Everyone!

At the beginning of this year I started a Bullet Journal, and it is honestly amazing. I use it everyday and it has helped so much, I’m so much more organized and I love having everything in one place. The benefits of Bullet Journaling are huge, but I have to admit, when I first started looking into making one I was VERY overwhelmed. I was super confused as to what it exactly was supposed it be, as well as how you format it and such, I kept seeing all these beautiful, creative pages and feeling like I could never so this. Bullet Journaling is one of my favorite things now and I want to share a simple guide on how to get started. I am by no means an expert on this topic, but I thought as a beginner Bullet Journal user, I can give tips and tricks that I’ve learned.

What is your Bullet Journal?

A Bullet Journal can literally be whatever you want it to be! I know that’s super vague but it’s totally true. It can be a journal, scrapbook, sketchbook, planner, calendar, diary, the list is endless. I mainly use mine as a daily planner and journal and it works great for me!  Here are some sample pages from my journal showing my daily pages and a general idea of how I use it day to day.

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Every day I write out my To- Do Lists and then the next day I’ll come back and write out the Highlights of that day, journaling a little and doing some fun doodles of the day. Usually I don’t use it over the weekends, but I will always come back and journal a little bit about the weekend.

 

How to Set Up Your Bullet Journal.

Setting up a Bullet Journal is beyond easy, and I know there are tons of good tutorials on how to do this, but I’m going to share my basic knowledge. Start with numbering your pages, I only did the first twenty or so, and just fill them in as I go along, it’s whatever for you!

Start with your front page for your key and index. Your Key will be helpful to show what different symbols mean ( check mark means finish, X means cancelled etc. )

Your Index is where you can mark where the pages you will want to continually refer to, for example in the middle of all my January to do lists and journal pages I wanted to make a page for  some of my 2017 goals, so I numbered the pages and recorded that my 2017 goals page was on page 20 in my index.

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Here I also mark what colors mean what what, so, for example I know when I use the color orange it is a personal project, or when I use purple it is a music related project!

 

Besides daily To-Do Lists and Journal pages, I also include a monthly habit tracker, my blog schedule plan, and I have lots of pages for projects and goals.

 

A Bullet Journal is essentially just a cute, creative outlet for you to organize all those thoughts that flit through your head. I used to always have a ton random sheets of paper and note books full of all my thoughts, plans and lists and now it’s so nice to have them all in one place!

Some more ideas:

  • TBR Lists
  • Monthly Habit Tracker
  • Bucket List
  • Blog Planner
  • Monthly Calendar
  • Inspiration Notebook (for poetry, sketching…)
  • Weekly To-Do Lists
  • School Notes

 

There is no “right way” to Bullet Journal, just get a cute notebook or moleskin and just start filling in your lists and you will start to figure out exactly how you want to use it!

Do you have an interest in Bullet Journaling?

Do you have any helpful Bullet Journaling Tips?

 

 

 

The 5 Stages of Falling in Love With a Book

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Hello Everyone!

Over the past few months I have been reading a lot of highly recommended books, with a couple of exceptions I’ve enjoyed them all. I was thinking about some of my more recent reads and pondering how I enjoyed some but absolutely fell in love with others. As I was thinking I realized there are five stages to falling in love with a book…

1. You keep turning pages.

Of course any good book will keep you interested, but I’m talking about that feeling when you told yourself you were going to stop after the next chapter but then you didn’t notice when you started to read the next chapter you were so absorbed. It”s like the book has this magnetic pull, you just keep flipping those pages without really thinking about it.

2. You NEED to talk about it with someone.

You know how it goes, you are halfway through the book, something big just happened and you just need to discuss it/vent about it. For me this is when I regale my sister who has not read it, or I start pressuring her to read it so we can talk about it together. This is one of the biggest reasons I love the online book communities because usually there is someone out there to talk about the book with!

3. Think about the book at random times.

I usually notice just how much I am enjoying a book when I am going about my day and the story, characters or main couple kind of just lingers in my mind constantly. I’ll have to stop reading for a while to do something real and I’ll find myself thinking about the book as I grocery shop, clean or do work of any kind. The book is just sort of sticking with me.

4. You finish the book and it leaves a hole.

Every Bibliophile knows this feeling. The book is over, and you have a little hole in your heart, you are glad you know how the book ended but now it’s all over and you don’t even know what to read that could possibly be as good.#thestruggle

5. You begin to search everything.

When I finish a book and I loved it, I find myself just typing it into just about every search bar on the Internet. I search for fanblogs and edits on Tumblr, I search news on possible sequels and the author’s future projects, I search for reviews on Goodreads and book blogs. I pretty much scour the Internet to look up this book.

This is what I go through every time I fall in love with a book, it happened almost six years ago with Percy Jackson and most recently with The Lunar Chronicles. Do you relate?

Do you agree? Did I miss any stages?

What was the last book you fell in love with?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January Wrapup

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Hello Everyone!

January was a really good month for me, and I hope it was for you too! I been pretty busy since the beginning of the month, working, volunteering, blogging and working on projects. This month was great for reading, I  love it when I’m not in any kind if slump and have the desire to read in all my freetimes!

This months obsessions would be:

My Bullet Journal: I started a bullet journal this month and I LOVE it. I’m a really disorganized person but I’ve always liked using a planner and I’ve always journaled, a bullet journal is just those two things mixed together and its great. I feel so much more organized! I might do a blog post about it soon!

A Series of Unfortunate Events: I loved this series as a kid and was excited when Netflix announced they were making into a TV series. I was also a little afraid they would ruin it somehow, but my fears were wrong and it is AMAZING. Its exactly like the books and it has this bizarre, humorous twist I love.

Picture of the Day: I love photography and this year I’ve resolved to try to take a picture everyday. I only missed one day this month and I’ve been taking so many more pictures!! Here are a few of my favorites so far:

 

 

 

This month I read:

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Stars Above by  Marissa Meyer: Four and a half Stars

Summer Promise (Christy Miller #1) by Robin Jones Gunn : Three Stars

A Whisper & A Wish (Christy Miller #2) by Robin Jones Gunn: Three Stars

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry: Four and a half Stars

Yours Forever (Christy Miller #3) by Robin Jones Gunn: Three Stars

Surprise Endings (Christy Miller #4) by Robin Jones Gunn: Three Stars

Island Dreamer (Christy Miller #5) by Robin Jones Gunn: Four Stars

A Heart Full of Hope (Christy Miller #6) by  Robin Jones Gunn: Four Stars

True Friends (Christy Miller #7) by Robin Jones Gunn: Four Stars

Starry Night (Christy Miller #8) by Robin Jones Gunn: Four Stars

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: Four Stars

A Bride for Donnigan by Janette Oke: Four Stars

Seventeen Wishes (Christy Miller #9) by Robin Jones Gunn: Four Stars

A Time to Cherish (Christy Miller #10) by Robin Jones Gunn:Four Stars

The Siren by Kiera Cass: Three and a Half Stars

Sweet Dreams (Christy Miller #11) : Four Stars

I read 16 books this month and I feel super good about that, its a great way to start the year. I mean, 11 of those are Christy Miller books, which are super short, but I was reading so much this month, and that’s my real goal 😀

This month I bought:

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  • The Return: Disneylands by Ridley Pearson
  • The Return: Legacy of Secrets by Ridley Pearson

I love this series and I’m glad I finally got the books, I also preordered the last one, I can’t wait!

On Blog this Month:

It’s A New Year on Among the Pages!

My Dream Author Panel

Song of the Week: All That Matters by Colton Dixon

A Book Recommendation: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Only four posts this month, but I’m still trying to back into the swing of blogging!

Wow, long post! So…

How was your January?

What was your favorite book you read this month?

 

My Dream Author Panel

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Hello Everyone!

Book Conferences are super cool, what is better than meeting all your favorite authors and fellow bookworms and getting to see panels of all those favorite authors talking about your favorite books! I confess, I have never actually attended a Book Conference, BUT I plan to change that soon. In the meantime, I can dream up my ideal author panel

My taste in books is sort of all over the place, and all my favorite authors definitely don’t write in the same genres, but this a dream panel right? In my perfect world, an author panel would feature:

1. Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite YA authors ever. She is just such an amazing author, all her books pull in me with some kind of magnetic force. I would love to hear her give some writing advice. Also, like the rest of the world, I would ask:

What were the three words on Eleanor’s postcard??

2. Marissa Meyer

I’m a sucker for retellings, and The Lunar Chronicles have sort of taken over my life. Hearing Marissa Meyer talk about my favorite Dream Team Selene and maybe share a little about all her upcoming works would be great. I’m so inspired by Marissa Meyer, because she started out like us, a fangirl writing fanfiction and doing writing camps. She shares a lot about her projects and writing process on her blog, but I would love to her talk about it all in person. I would have two questions for her,

1. How did you  decide which fairytales you wanted to retell?

2. Kaider, Cresswell and Jacinter Weddings? Maybe another short story novella??

3. Kiera Cass

I love Kiera Cass, she’s not only funny and awesome, but The Selection Series is everything my YA, Prince and Princess loving heart ever wanted. I just want to sit and listen to her talk about her new projects, what magic is she writing now?? My questions for her:

Which character was the most fun to write?

4. Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is pretty much one of my favorites, Rick Riordan keeps expanding the Universe and over the years, and we all have questions. I would love to hear Rick Riordan talk about how he is weaving the worlds of Percy, Carter and Sadie and Magnus all together and maybe give us a few hints of what to expect in the rest of The Trials of Apollo series, that would be amazing.  I have like a thousand questions for him, but I would restrain from begging for a book just full of Percabeth fluff and ask:

What old characters are going to be in any of your new books?

In a perfect world, this author panel would happen and it would be incredible *sigh*.  Thank you Eventbrite for inspiring such a fun idea for a post! Eventbrite is super cool, they help you organize your own events and find events near you, here is the link to their Conference Management Page where you can plan your own event! Maybe the Book Conference of our dreams is not so unattainable 😀

Who would be on your Dream Author Panel?