Last September 19, I attended a book signing event for Kiera Cass, author of The Selection Series, which was once again hosted by National Book Store. My love for America, Maxon, & Eadlyn Schreave, and Kile Woodwork, and all things The Selection related are no secret. I’ve read all the books in the series and I am so, so, so in love with everything. The covers are stunning, the story lines are simple yet beautifully written, and don’t even get me started on the romance factor. I CANNOT AND WILL NOT TALK ABOUT THE ROMANCE IN THIS BOOK.
Waiting In Line
I had class the whole day of September 18 but I gave no sh*t. I arrived at Shangri-La Plaza at around 9:30pm. I was dismissed from school at around 7:00pm and with the knowledge of over 1,600 people wanting to meet the lovely author, I didn’t want to have a signing pass that’s over 100. I was tired from school but I just didn’t want to be so far from the first ones in line, so I decided to camp out for this one.
Although there were already quite a number of people ahead of us in line, it was still fine, since we weren’t lined up at above 50. There was actually a few disputes regarding the early birds, but nothing major or big. Nothing much to blabber about.
Most of the people only came to line up at around 6:00am of the 19th. Thousands of people came to have their books signed and I was proud to have been officially the 20th in line to meet, greet, and have my books signed by Kiera Cass. Unfortunately, because of the overwhelming number who came out, the management of National Bookstore opted to limit the number of books to be signed to 2. It was a saddening twist of events, but I believe it had to be done. This decision garnered a lot of negative comments, but we, as bibliophiles and patrons have to understand that, and just find other ways to have all of our books signed, right?
A technique a lot of people did, myself included, was to line up again once you got yourself registered the first time. Once I had my #20 signing pass, I rushed to the end of the line again to register 2 more of my books. I know this was unfair, but what can I do? This was my first time to meet Kiera. I wasn’t available when she first visited the Philippines. I was desperate. You have to understand. Haha!
My good friend Feather the Bookstore Bug who came to signing dressed as Eadlyn Schreave from The Heir. She was absolutely stunning.
Look at that crowd! You can basically see me fangirling so hard as I saw one of my most favorite authors of all time! Their were a total of 1,400 people who came to say hi and meet Kiera Cass!
After having registered twice, Kiera arrived shortly thereafter. She was bubbly and, lively just as I imagined. She arrived at the venue with her very supportive husband, Callaway. (Is it just me or he looks a lot like Ransom Riggs?) Once she was settled, there was a Q&A. I took notes and I’ve listed everything I got down below for everyone to read.
Q&A with Kiera Cass
- With regards to her visit to Cebu, everything went great, even if the crowd in her Manila signing beats the former. As for her last visit, things were okay, and now, everything’s awesome since a lot of her new books are coming out. Mainly, Happily Ever After on October 20115, and The Siren on January 2016.
- She was also in Brazil recently and a number of 5,000 people came to say hi, but signing wise, Manila still reigns supreme.
- The first passport stamp on her passport is for the Philippines. Cool, right?
- Kiera’s Filipino fans have a lot to say on social media. She thinks that we (PH fans) are active, and extremely friendly. She also publicly thanked each and every one of her fans for being so cool to reach out to her online.
- She found it quite hard transitioning from writing about America, who was one of the “Selected”, to writing about Eadlyn, who was the “Selector”.
- For Kiera, Eadlyn is so different from her mother. She grew up to be an unreliable narrator, but was a fun character too. This entailed a lot of room for improvement, and character development. It was hard to switch to her, but writing in her perspective was interesting, fun, and enjoyable.
- The Heir wasn’t supposed to be another installment in the series. It was supposed to be THE final epilogue to The One, but she grew quite fond of it, grew inspired to extend the series, and one day, she realized that she didn’t want to leave Illea just yet, and so, she decided to add 2 more books to the series. Everything was purely accidental. This was to say thank you to everyone who had a severe attachment to the series.
- (SPOILER FOR THE ONE AHEAD) Just like a lot if people, she, too, was sad to see Celeste go. Kiera loved Celeste and she was devastated to know what was coming next for her. And to add to that, she had a message to those who disliked Celeste and regretted it: “You brought this on yourself.”
- The selected guy that Kiera was rooting for in The Heir wasn’t going to make the final cut but she doesn’t have hard feelings about it. It was Eadlyn’s choice, and hers alone.
- We are to hear a lot more from Ahren and Camille and their budding romance on the fifth, and sadly, final book in the Selection series.
- One memorable fan experience that Kiera had was when girls followed her to the bathroom and asked her for photographs. Although she is grateful to her fans, she would appreciate it if we, the fans, respect her privacy and boundaries.
- As The One came to a close, Kiera felt unsatisfied, just like a lot of Selectioners worldwide, but with the fifth book, which is set to be released in May 2016, it felt like everything is as it should be, thus, giving Kiera the feeling that she would be happy if she ended it there.
- The Siren, which is scheduled for a re-release this January 2016, is another book by Kiera Cass from Harper Collins which tackles greek myths, and love stories at the same time. It basically has the same premise, concept, and as well as the love story, but the core is different.
- According to Kiera, in current society, you may change a law, but not how people see other people. This was in reference to The Heir where the caste systems were abolished and yet, discrimination was still evident in Illea.
- The One, the third book in The Selection series, was supposed to have a different ending where King Clarkson dies together with our Prince Maxon *GASPS!!!* but Queen Amberly lives as well as America. Our protagonist then grows up to be Amberly’s daughter and ends up in Aspen’s arms and they were crowned King and Queen of Illea. *I HIGHLY DISAPPROVE OF THIS*
- May Singer, sister to America, is Kiera’s favorite character in her books simply because they are both huge fangirls.
- For aspiring authors: Don’t give up. It’s very subjective. Not everyone will like what you make, create, or write. If you love it, keep pushing.
Here’s a photo of me and Jennifer, a college blockmate of mine. She’s one of the many people I influenced to read The Selection series and she loved it just as much as I did, if not more.
Here’s me flaunting my hardcover copies of The Elite and The Heir. Please dismiss my double chin. Thank you. Hahaha!
Me and my Hobnobbers family doing my infamous JM pose. ♥
The Signing Proper
Since I was the 20th person in line to have my books signed, I patiently waited and lined up together with my friends. Since Kiera was only allowed to sign 2 books per person, the signing went by rapidly. I actually didn’t even get the chance to tell her all about my feels regarding her books, but I’ll take what I can get.
In the end, I came home with 4 signed books, 3 of which have my name on them, 2 Happily Ever After bookmarks, and 1 Instax photo of me with Kiera Cass. I am more than grateful for this once (or twice, in Kiera’s case) in a lifetime opportunity.
Here I am with THE Kiera Cass!
Here’s a photo of me and Callaway Cass, the man behind THE Kiera Cass. Don’t you agree with me in saying that he looks a lot like Ransom Riggs? He’s so kind to agree to my request for a photo opportunity.
I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am for the people over at National Book Store for bringing Kiera back here. When she first came here, I wasn’t even a full-time bibliophile yet, and so, I missed the chance. NBS, you guys rock! And to Tito Leo Lumbre, who took such amazing photos, thank you!
Were YOU at the Shangri-La Plaza signing event for #KCinPH? What was the number on your signing pass? How was your experience? Feel free to share your thoughts with me through the comment section down below.
That’s all for now! Until the next one, folks!