Where Did My Book-Culture Go?

floatingbooksWhen I was younger we had cool book culture. I went to midnight release parties, I got excited for new books (especially Harry Potter) and then–gradually–it just disappeared. I mean is it just my area? Is it just my age group?

I don’t think it is. By the time the fifth Harry Potter book came out, Barnes and Noble (at least the one near me) wasn’t doing anything special except giving people numbered wristbands so they could wait outside to be called in at midnight.

You know what I need? A convention. Not a “let’s meet publishers” convention or a “look at my book convention,” but one that combines anime convention culture with book convention content.  I love going to conventions for a lot of reasons: cosplay, analysis panels, over-analysis panels, meet and greets with the talent, and meeting other people who feel just as deeply about it all. I get that at anime and gaming conventions, but I have yet to go to, or hear about, book conventions that have all that.

Just imagine: you could dress up like America (from Kiera Cass’s The Selection Series) or Thomas (from James Dasher’s The Maze Runner) the same way die hard comic fans dress up like Harley Quinn and the Joker. You could go to panels and discussions to debate your theories about why things have happened and where they are going. Just imagining the dealers’ room gives me chills.

Think about it! T-shirts, movies, plushies, key-chains, T-shirts, hoodies, dresses and skirts, posters, figurines–all from your favorite books! And the books too! It’d be a book-nerdy heaven!

I imagine meeting people who understand that you’re tired because you had to finish that book last night, who know how to pronounce that word that you’ve only ever read, who also had issues with the movie adaptation, and who also have crushes on all the same fictional hotties that you do.

People who understand what it is to be a book nerd on all levels. From the quiet introvert who just needs like minded people to break her out of her shell to the boy writing fan-fiction late at night while watching the movie adaptation (for the ninth time) and all of us in between.

Maybe I’m asking for too much. Maybe I just want an excuse to meet my favorite authors. Maybe I just need more book paraphernalia in my life (I don’t… no I totally do).

But I want this to happen. I want it to happen so bad I’m willing to attempt organizing it. Who’s with me?

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By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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