Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Fangirling: Maggie Stiefvater


I really should have posted this yesterday, but I was feeling under the weather and spent the day resting. In any case, I am feeling better today and I'm ready to make up for lost time!

According to Urban Dictionary, the definition of fangirling is as follows:

v. the reaction a fangirl has to any mention or sighting of the object of her "affection". These reactions include shortness of breath, fainting, highpitched noises, shaking, fierce head shaking as if in the midst of a seizure, wet panties, endless blog posts, etc. 

As a reader, I fangirl a lot. Over books I have cherished, memes related to favorite characters, and news of a new book or tour by a beloved author. Insert Maggie Stiefvater here.

I have been a fan of Maggie Stiefvater since I first read Shiver (which, according to Goodreads, was back in December of 2010). I have since picked up and read/listened to most of her other books (I say most because I'm rereading my Raven Boys ARC before continuing through the series). There's a certain lyrical and poetic quality to Maggie's word choice that just blows my mind and drags me deeper into her stories. In fact, she is one of the biggest inspirations behind my desire to write.

Recently, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw one of those sponsored ads that I usually skip over. Only I paused because Maggie's name was attached to it. In an exciting moment that fits the above definition, I learned that my favorite author will be on a release tour for The Raven King, the last book in the series I'm working through, and SHE WILL BE STOPPING NEAR ME. [Insert more fangirling after typing that.]

I have never been to a book signing, book con, or author event before because my schedule hasn't really allowed for it. However, this is one of those events where I'm already searching for work coverage and would gladly drive to a town I'm allergic to just to meet this woman. Because, really...


What author(s) do you fangirl over? Do you go to author events?

--Brianna Lebrecht

12 comments:

  1. I still fangirl out every time Kimberly Giarratano talks to me.

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    1. I know, right, Brianna? It's cool how she talks to her fans. Just like a regular person!

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  2. I've had this series on the brain since I finished The Raven King. I can't stop thinking about it. We need to talk on FB messenger pronto and fangirl together.

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  3. I can understand the fangirling over Ms. Stiefvater, Brianna! I too have read a couple of her books-- and find the pics of her with her classic car(s) (on her Facebook page) very appealing from a male perspective...

    I actually had the chance to get a copy of Ender's Game signed by Orson Scott Card and totally fangirled over him. I told him he was one of the major reasons I try to write. He was like, "You try to write? You mean you put pen to paper but your hand won't move? There is no try. There is only do." After I got done feeling like an idiot, I was like, whoa! I just got a book signed by Orson Scott Card!

    Great post! Thanks!

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    1. I love her cars and goats (I also have goats and I fangirl over them)! When I wrote this post earlier, I actually thought a bit about how to phrase that particular sentence about writing inspiration. Because I *do* write.

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    2. Jonathan -- she writes male characters so well.

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  4. I've not yet read The Raven Cycle series, but it's on my list. I honestly don't know who I would fangirl over. Which sucks, because I'm sure there is someone (or more than one someone) and if I ever meet said person I won't be prepared and it will be the most embarrassing episode of fangirling ever. Looks like I need to start doing some fangirl preparation!

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  5. I've had the opportunity to attend both BEA and the RWA conference and met some of my favorite authors. My dumbest moment was meeting Bella Andre at RWA. I didn't recognize her and she was with a UK author and I assumed she was said author's agent/publicist, etc. Then she introduced herself and I was all like, "Oh my God. I didn't realize it was you." And she smiled and nodded and backed away slowly. haha. Kidding. She was actually really nice, but I still felt like I'd stuck my foot in it.

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