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Fanpires – Don’t Be One

What do we have the right to expect from an artist whose work we love?

My article on being Neil Gaiman’s femme de plume (sounds better than pen woman) the other day seems to have struck a chord with a lot (and I mean a lot) of you guys.  There was an outpouring of stories about meeting Neil, either at the event in Toronto or elsewhere.  Many wrote of their concern for his wellbeing being compromised for the sake of a signature.   I’m amazed at how kind and considerate they are, considering some of the stories of rabid fans and paparazzi you hear about.

We have strange expectations of celebrities, public figures, people who make their living through art especially.  In general the fandom is one-sided, since it is unlikely that Neil Gaiman knows who you are married to, or that Wil Wheaton knows what your first job was.

It can make an encounter with one of these guys feel very strange, like my very brief meeting with Guy Gavriel Kay a few months ago at a signing (from the fan side of the table, this time).  He is hugely important to me, I am one of millions who read him.  Not that he feels disdain or disinterest, but his relationship to me is not mine to him.   Truthfully, it’s not even a relationship.

What is reasonable, in terms of meeting someone like this?  Or our demands of them?

What about Wil Wheaton’s recent revelations on his blog, where he was ambushed by fans while with his child?  I can only imagine how scared and angry I would have been in that situation, where they were actually between him and his son.

And despite the funny memes about Starks dying, George R. R, Martin doesn’t have to care that we are impatient for the next book to come out.  To quote Neil, “George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.”

What do we have the right to expect from an artist whose work we love?

Honestly, nothing.  There’s no contract there.  They don’t even have to be polite.  Which makes those who do take the time precious, but them doing that also doesn’t mean they have to ever do it again.

So thank you to the artists who put themselves out there.  Who know that the brief meeting is so important to those fans.  The comments on the link to my article on Neil Gaiman’s facebook page are very touching, and thank you to everyone who shared their own experiences and thoughts.  One of my favorite things that has come out of all this is the true joy of fandom – getting to share what you love with other people who love it too.

Happy reading!

Christie

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The Game of Thrones Characters You Used to Know

Thanks to parody duo Not Literally for the video, and Mashable for the tip.

 

Happy <snort> reading.

Christie

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George R.R. Martin: Prima-Donna, or Overwhelmed and Overworked?

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For those of you who read my earlier post on George R.R. Martin’s upcoming signing in Toronto,(see here )you may already be familiar with the rules outlined for the signing. For those who are not familiar, I will re-list them:

• Line-up will be first-come, first-served. Due to anticipated attendance, line-up may begin outside of Indigo Manulife Centre – Bay Street entrance ONLY. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
• George R.R. Martin will sign ONE to TWO (1-2) books maximum, depending on the number of people in line.
• No personalizations – author signature only
• No posed photography – can take photographs from the line

Some people are taking this as evidence that Martin (sorry, I got tired of writing the whole thing, plus two initials, over and over) has fallen victim to his own celebrity, and has a vastly inflated ego as a result.  That if he can’t even take time to add a name to a signature, or pose with a fan, why should the fan take time to buy his book.  And then there is that nasty rumor that he doesn’t actually care if he finishes the series, because between the books and the tv show, he’s made his money.

I admit, this was the camp I initially found myself in, thinking of all those people, including fellow employees, who will be waiting hours in line to see him, in Toronto in March (which is a potential horror in and of itself), and he can’t exert himself a little?  After the initial righteous indignation passed, though (the advantage of being out of my twenties), I thought about this a little more.

First of all, Martin is not a young guy.  See above photo.  He, too, will be there for hours, shaking innumerable hands (thanks to Bruce Campbell’s autobiography for acquainting me with what a scary process this can be), and signing innumerable autographs (think of the hand cramps!).  If he took individual photos with everyone in line, it would either mean the whole event would be waaaaaaay longer, or, more likely, that he wouldn’t be able to see as many people.  So this stuff actually is probably to increase the lowly line-waiter’s chance of a face-to-face, however brief.  Also, the day before the signing, he has a reading and Q&A at the Toronto International Film Festival (sold out).  Just so you know, these events encompass more than just the time he spends with the public.  There is much going on behind the scenes to make it all possible.    So, he is probably already exhausted.  I would be too.  I had a look at his schedule of appearances on his official site… he already has bookings for 2014.   http://georgerrmartin.com/appearances.html

Also, although it could be a be conspiratorial marketing scheme, looking at various pages of his site, including his journal, he seems to actually like (most of) his fans, and even has a soft spot for the crazy ones who name babies after his characters.  So maybe we should go easy on him, and author and fans can appreciate that the other one is setting aside time out of their schedule for them.   I, for one, think of all this as further evidence that books are definitely still relevant, or we wouldn’t be so passionate.

So thanks to you both.

C.

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George R.R. Martin Signing in Toronto

Meet George R.R. Martin – award-winning author and executive producer of the HBO hit Game of Thrones – as he signs A Dance With Dragons, the newest book in the epic bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series.

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Event details:
• Line-up will be first-come, first-served. Due to anticipated attendance, line-up may begin outside of Indigo Manulife Centre – Bay Street entrance ONLY. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
• George R.R. Martin will sign ONE to TWO (1-2) books maximum, depending on the number of people in line.
• No personalizations – author signature only
• No posed photography – can take photographs from the line
• Follow @indigogreenroom on twitter for up-to-the minute information.

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