Teeeeeeen Con 2015!!
While Alana and I may not be teens anymore (*sob*), we knew there was NO WAY we would be missing the very first #TeenCon2015. Thank you to all the publishers — especially Penguin Teen — for putting together such a brilliant event as usual. There are not enough words in the world to describe how amazing our Aussie publishers are.
We got to the Sydney Writers Festival pretty early because we thought the ticket collection lines would be massive (it wasn’t), so had quite a bit of time to kill before the event. Of course we went to have some lunch and were joined by the lovely Jaz @ Fiction in Fiction in Fiction and Kat @ Cuddlebuggery. I didn’t know Kat was actually a panelist at the event, so it was quite a nice surprise to know someone that was about to shower us with her wisdom. 😛
Even after lunch, we had time to kill and decided to just go and find the right stage. We ended up just lining up until the event so let’s just skip that boring part.
#TeenCon2015 started with a panelist of bloggers sharing their thoughts on reading styles, blogging, how they started out, and of course, ALL THE BOOK TALK. It was very interesting to hear about how other bloggers reviewed books, especially on different platforms like YouTube, Tumblr and even Instagram. All the girls were such wonderful speakers, and I learned a lot through their insights.
Following the panel, many of our Aussie publishers stepped up to tell us their most anticipated new releases for 2015 in a pitching blitz. They basically had to pitch us their books in 30 seconds or less, before Felicity’s bullhorn cut them off. It was brilliant and hilarious!
Unfortunately, I was having too much fun to write anything down…*hangs head*…but I’m sure you’re all way ahead of me and are more informed about the new releases anyway!
And then came the best part of the event…the Book Boyfriend Battle! Let’s be honest here, I’m sure a lot of you attended the event just for this. Don’t lie to me now.
Once again, all the Aussie publishers pitched us their choice of book boyfriends. The battle was fierce and blood might even have been shed a little, but in the end it was down to the final three:
1. Chaol from Throne of Glass (Bloomsbury)
2. Four from Divergent (HarperCollins)
3. Dimitri from Vampire Academy (Penguin)
Following the snarky sledging of each others’ book boyfriends (where Sonia OWNED Four and Dimitri for being a wuss and a creep respectively), Dimitri ended up winning. Boo. 😛
All in all, a brilliant event as always, topped off with a nice goodie bag.
Thank you to all the organisers of #TeenCon2015, I can’t wait to be there again next year!
– Entrants must be 13 years or older
– Winner(s) will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If you do not reply within 48 hours of receiving the email, a new winner will be picked
– Abide by the rules, winner(s) found cheating will be disqualified and a new winner(s) will be chosen