For somebody that's never driven into Philly, Katie did a fantastique job. We only hit one other car... Kidding. In reality, the only issue was gosh darn parking! Where's a parking garage when you need one? Around and around we continued to go, eventually finding a parking spot very close to the Free Library of Philadelphia. Yay, except that $1= 30 minutes parking time. And that's when you must go to the nearest Starbucks and raid their stash of quarters as well as get the hot dog street vendor to reluctantly give you 4 quarters. In total, we had 3 hours time. With all of the hype this event was getting, I thought we were undoubtedly getting a ticket. Or at least Father would be.
From the email that I had received from the person at the library running the event, this is what he had intended the line to look like:
|There is a possibility that I drew the arrows in the wrong direction, but it's only a possibility!|
Here's what the line actually looked like:
There was a maximum of 1,000 people. However, it being a weekday at 11AM, only 400 people showed up. I was definitely expecting more attendance from loyal Twilhards, but I am so glad they were otherwise occupied. Still, we waited 1.5 hours in 35 degree cold. 4 layers, 2 pairs of jeans (wearing them on top of each other certainly felt strange), gloves, scarf, coat, and boots were not enough to bear the wrath of the winter air. Fingers and toes were frozen while people inside were nice and toasty. Really, when the library is that spacious, why were we left outside to wait? Grr. The building seemed to be taunting us as we shivered outside the barrier of warmth.
|Chilling in line. Punny.|
Now the part that everyone really wants to read about, despite how exciting our tribulations with parking and the cold were. I met Stephenie Meyer, and honestly she's weird. Personally, I think she has been jaded by the enormous success of the Twilight Saga. I have been to a number of book signings, all authors of acclaim. Most have been NYT bestselling authors or have already had a movie deal. Nonetheless, they were ALL excited, grateful, and willingly gave back to fans. Stephenie Meyer seemed ungrateful and kinda annoyed to be there.
Anyway, I asked about Midnight Sun since her last post about it on her website was in 2008. The answer was that yeah, it's still a possibility but she's working on aliens right now. I had walked on, but Katie was next in line and heard her say that she hated answering that question. Now Katie and her psychologist ways has another theory about her being dark, but I think she's just "snooty" (Thank you, Crystal for the lovely word.)
I wanted to get a picture of Max and Jake, but Katie thought we could get posed pictures with them despite the rules. It ended pretty much after our turn, so we didn't have to wait long to get some personal pictures with them. Haha to those people that camped out since 12:30 AM to get in line first. Sometimes it pays to be late, just not when lateness means you must bring in treats to avoid detention! The boys were taking group shots, and I was intimidated to ask for a solo picture. But not to worry, Katie's beauty convinced them to take one with me:) Max said yes to Katie but then he got pulled into taking a group shot. Afterwards, he remembered his promise to Katie and I got the following picture out of Katie working her good looks:
|Max Irons, me|
Jake was just as nice, and I'm sure he's just as good with the ladies despite the American accent.
|Jake Abel, me|
I've watched a lot of The Host interviews, and the actors seemed very nice (just look at how fun their bromance is), but I was a little surprised how kind and genuine they were to the fans. They didn't say no to anyone. And where was Stephenie Meyer at this time? She was gone.
If The Host series becomes huge and Stephenie Meyer goes on tour, unless there is a famous person coming too, I am not going.
Thanks again to my awesome sis for bringing me!