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Monday, August 27, 2007

So Stephanie Meyers had a book signing this weekend at a nearby Borders. I heard about it through Rowena of course, since she's always on top of things like that. When I called the bookstore Saturday morning, a store rep said they were expecting 1,400 people there. Hmm... I wasn't sure if I should believe her... after all, I went to the midnight Harry Potter opening and I'm pretty sure it wasn't 1,400 people. And yes, SM is very popular now, but I can't imagine it would've been as crowded as HP was. Anyway I asked Wena if she could check out the crowd later in the evening (the book signing started at 7pm) and text me.

Sure enough, Wena's text said that it was a madhouse over there, and it was only 5pm. I guess I wasn't surprised, but a part of me was still disappointed. It's that same illogical part of my brain that always hopes I can leave work early without anyone noticing, or hopes the lines won't be long at Disneyland. So I called my other friend, Mormishmom, told her the situation, and said I was still down to go since I had nothing better to do. We figured it'd be pointless to get there at 7, so we arrived around 9pm.

I was expecting a ridiculous line spilling out into the parking lot, but when we got there, we found a ton of parking spots out front. Hmm, strange. MMM and I walked in and saw no sign of a crowd in the bookstore. Okayyyyy. I was beginning to think we were either at the wrong Borders, or the event was earlier than I thought and it was over. As we were about to head out and give up, MMM saw a flash of light from the back of the store, and immediately we ran toward it. Success! Stephanie Meyer was there, signing away books like an assembly line, while her "people" stood by, packing the rest of her stuff up. I swear, MMM and I got so lucky because there were maybe 6 people left who wanted their books signed. I tried calling Wena again but she didn't answer. I wasn't sure if we were still allowed to approach her, so MMM went to check it out and then she started yelling "Daphne, get over here!" I busted out my 3 books, Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse, and handed them to SM's assistant. She flipped them open to the front and slid them along the table to join the rest of the assembly line. I swear SM must've had carpal tunnel by the end of the night, because man was she signing fast. I was able to get my Eclipse personalized, so I can't complain there. After MMM and I got our books signed we received I love Edward pins (it was either Edward and Jacob, and I couldn't bring myself to ask for both since I figured we were lucky to even get by). I'd say after me, there were maybe 2 other people who got their stuff signed, then SM got up and was escorted out of the store. Talk about LUCKY! Five minutes later, and we would've missed her. We got our books signed and waited approximately 2 minutes in line. :) I felt awful though because I had to call Wena back right away saying nevermind don't come anymore.

Now, I must apologize to my friend Isabel, because I promised her I'd get her a signed copy of Twilight. Yes, I know, I'm fired. Let me explain though. I actually couldn't find my own copy of Twilight that afternoon, and since I was going bonkers looking for it, I decided to screw it and just go to my local Borders to buy another one. When MMM were driving to Borders, she only had Eclipse with her since she read Twilight and New Moon from her library. So as we first walked in Borders, we thought maybe we could buy the first two and I could get Isabel her copy. We changed our minds and decided to first find the line of people. So as it turned out, had we stopped to buy those books first, we woulda been toast and SM woulda left by then. So Isabel, I am really sorry, but I hope you understand that I was under a time crunch.

One more thing I'd like to point out for those of you who are curious... I didn't really get to say much to SM. All I said when I approached her was "Thank you for signing my books, I love your stories and your characters." She said thanks and that's about it. Honestly, she seemed kinda tired to me (heck, I would be too after signing books for 2 hours straight) but she was still polite and I appreciated that. There was one girl who asked SM's assistant if she could apologize to SM. Then she shouted "Stephanie. I'm sorry about that comment I made." SM said "What comment?" Girl said "About Seth. I didn't mean it and I'm sorry I asked that question." SM just gave this look like.. ummm okayyyyy and politely said "It's okay." Now I have NO idea what that was about but MMM and I exchanged looks and were trying so hard not to laugh. It was hilarious.

So overall, it was a fabulous experience... but I'd say only because MMM and I got so lucky. I've never been to a book signing before, but if you ask me, I was expecting it to last longer than 2 hours. So I feel kinda bad for the people who were waiting in line since 4 or 5 in the afternoon, while I got there at the end and waited 2 minutes. I woulda loved to get a pic with SM, but I guess that's pushing my luck. Morale of the story though... sometimes it's good to listen to that illogical part of your brain that says it never hurts to try.

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posted by Daphne @ 9:38 PM  
4 Comments:
  • At 6:58 AM, Blogger Isabel said…

    Ugh.. I guess I can forgive you. Since you were under a time crunch and all sigh....

    I love the I love Edward pin. LUCKY!

     
  • At 10:23 AM, Blogger Daphne said…

    Haha, I knew you'd forgive me, pumpkin. ;)

     
  • At 12:38 PM, Blogger ames said…

    That's cool that you got to meet SM, even if only briefly. :P

     
  • At 8:59 AM, Blogger Rowena said…

    I was sooooo tired. But Nathan told me that it was hecka packed there earlier in the day, but it was smart going at the very end of it though...=)

     
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