I Met Cassandra Clare! And My Nonexistent Life

I went to the National Book Festival yesterday! It was my first time. I got this nifty water bottle too...

Before I get into the titillating details of my time with Ms. Cassandra Clare, let me share with you all of the exciting things I’ve done since my last post!

… never mind. If you’re a fellow teenager suffering from the stress of school, please contact me so I can rant to you about how miserable my life is and cry on your shoulder offer you advice and discuss motivational techniques to keep us sane!

Anyway, yesterday I went to the National Book Festival in DC to see Cassandra Clare talk about her writing and to get some of my books signed. For those of you who are unaware, Cassandra Clare is the amazing author of one of my favorite series, The Mortal Instruments, and the creator of my fictional boyfriend, Alec. Sorry ladies, he’s mine.

On that somewhat awkward note, do you remember your first time meeting a celebrity or someone famous? I know it’s sad, but meeting Cassandra Clare yesterday was my first encounter with an especially well-known person. After standing in line for over an hour to get my books signed, my inner introvert got the better of me when I actually approached her – I meekly said “hi”, and then “thank you so much”, and proceeded to scramble away with my friends.

I hope posting authors' signatures isn't illegal... I mean, it's not that impressive to be honest. I still love you Cassandra Clare!

If I could redo the moment, I would’ve informed her that the orange tabs in my copy of City of Fallen Angels were Alec and Magnus moments when she commented on them. I was just so starstruck – I suppose this wasn’t Lady Gaga, but seriously, I was standing three feet away from the lady who wrote the series I’ve spent hours reading, reviewing, and fanboying. The good news is that I didn’t faint.

About an hour later my friends and I went to see her book talk. She was pretty funny and offered some good advice about writing. Seeing her inspired me to do some more writing of my own, when I manage to gather the time, at least.

So, that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to lately, excluding the tear-inducing precalculus assignments I’ve been completing. I should write a post about the misconception that all Asians are good at math…

I apologize for not blogging more about books and pop. I have so much to write about but so little time! How are you guys doing? Have you ever been starstruck in the presence of a celebrity before? If not, please make up a scenario in which you did so I’ll feel better about myself… just kidding!



Filed under Books, Events, Personal

14 responses to “I Met Cassandra Clare! And My Nonexistent Life

  1. I wasn’t able to go to the extra credit…T_T
    I really wanted to go when stephen king was therrrr

  2. FlyingPiglets

    omg i met cassandra clare too! she was so nice and answered my question clearly with a nice attitude 😀 i got my friend’s book signed and she gave me a heart 😉 she really made my day xD

  3. Shall I tell you about my first time meeting a celebrity? It happened to be while I was wearing pajamas, lying in bed, sleeping, and DREAMING that I met Andy Six. So in other words…I have no famous people encounters to talk about.

  4. I’ve seen her before, too. She was doing a book tour with Holly Black (who BTW makes longish conversation with each fan!). Did you get to see Holly Black as well?

    • No, Holly Black wasn’t present. Clare did tell a funny story that included her though, so she was there in spirit. (:

      I wonder how different it would be to meet an author on their individual book tour as opposed to a gathering like the National Book Festival. Hm…

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  6. YEP. Li Yundi. Twice. He signed my CD’s / programs. just being that close to him and to know that he is real and not some sort of divinity.. sometimes I’m not sure if he’s entirely human.

    to borrow a phrase that works in all situations, ‘it gets better’. really. until your sophomore year of college when you decide to take five classes and two music lessons.


    • Comparing Cassandra Clare and Li Yundi is like comparing apples to oranges, but I know how you feel… it’s like, you’re so used to seeing their names on the books you read (or in your case, listening to his music) that when you see them in real life it’s rather shocking.

      Ah, yeah, I should probably stop complaining because the workload will increase once college hits. I can’t really compare to you though, Ms. Super Economic And All Things Academic Genius. (:

  7. ailacruz

    I envy you. big time. 😐 you’re so lucky.

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