I missed one day, but that’s okay. We’re not going to take this challenge TOO seriously.
Everyone dreams of meeting their favorite celebrity. Just a picture and little bit of chit chat is fine but for some people they have bigger dreams of becoming BFFs. I think I’m fine with a picture and some chit chat.
I haven’t met too many “famous people” before. I bought VIP tickets to a Big Time Rush concert once and got to take a photo with them. I’ve also gotten a book signed by John Green. And then a few youtubers of varying degrees of popularity. But I think that’s as far as my “famous people” list goes. Well until last week. Two days in a row I got to meet “celebrities.”
The first day Nathan Kress (who you may know as Freddie from iCarly) was signing autographs at my mall for some reason. Even though I’m out of the show’s “target audience” I still watched the show and enjoyed it a lot. I couldn’t give up an opportunity to meet Freddie, now could I??? I got an autograph and talked to him a bit about music (Bastille especially) and then snapped a picture. It came out super cute!
The next day was a big deal to me. One of my favorite authors is Rainbow Rowell. She wrote Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. Both books which I adore. She has two other books but I haven’t finished them yet. Eleanor & Park is beautiful, but it’s Fangirl that gets me. I’ve never felt more connected to a book than Fangirl. No not even Harry Potter. I feel like this book is part of me.
That’s why the day I met Rainbow Rowell was such a big deal to me. She was participating in an event at a bookstore in DC (Politics & Prose) with a few other YA authors. I was lucky enough to have the night off of work so I spent forever getting there on public transportation when I probably could have just driven. I couldn’t miss this.
The discussion that took place was very funny and interesting. I know that sounds super…general, but that’s what it was. Each of the authors read from their newest books and answered questions from the audience. It was a really intimate setting, everyone crammed into the children’s section in the basement of a bookstore.
Then we got to have our books signed. I was a freakin mess. I was by myself so I had no one to really vent to. I was scared I was going to cry all over Rainbow and…I did. I don’t know why I was crying, but I was. I told her that Fangirl was such an important book to me and that I loved it. All while crying. I’ve never had that kind of reaction to meeting anyone before. She was very sweet and we got a picture together too.
Meeting people who are “famous” is a weird thing. Sometimes I think about why I want to meet these people. I mean meeting Rainbow Rowell was something that was special to me. I wanted to tell her that I loved her book and how much it meant to me. That makes sense. But why meet Nathan Kress? I enjoyed the show he was on, but it didn’t move me or change my life at all.
Maybe it comes from strange desire to be noticed. Like needing people who are noticed by many to notice me, even if it’s for a few seconds. Or maybe bragging rights? So I can write a blog post about how I met that dude from iCarly.
I’m not really sure, but both of these instances, while very different, were very much fun!
Have you ever met anyone famous?