I can hardly believe that LonCon3 is here – so exciting! Here’s my schedule for the weekend… please come and say hi if you’re around.
Kill the Parents
Friday 11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 1 (ExCeL)
The extreme measures we take to remove responsible adults in order to empower children in stories — whether it’s J. K. Rowling starting poor Harry off as a pseudo-orphan, or C. S. Lewis exiling an entire family to the country, or Suzanne Collins forcing Katniss Everdeen to become the adult in her mother’s own house… Panelists will discuss the importance or lack thereof of parents in YA stories.
Todd McCaffrey (M), Leigh Bardugo , Sarah Maas, Amy McCulloch
Autographing 3 – Amy McCulloch
Friday 13:30 – 15:00, Autographing Space (ExCeL)
The Trouble With Teens
Friday 16:30 – 18:00, Capital Suite 15 (ExCeL)
What are some of the big obstacles associated with writing a teen-centric story within an adult-centric world? What dangers lay in wait for the unprepared first time YA writer? What do young adult readers expect to see in their stories and how will you know if you’ve gone off target in the writing process?
Julia Rios (M) , Suzanne van Rooyen , Amy McCulloch, Eric Senabre, Janet Edwards
Saturday 11:00 – 12:00, London Suite 5 (ExCeL)
Amy McCulloch, Amal El-Mohtar
Generations of Genre
Sunday 10:00 – 11:00, Capital Suite 5 (ExCeL)
For one reader, “traditional fantasy” is pre-Tolkienian, pre-genre, sui-generis works; for another, it’s the pattern of story exemplified by Forgotten Realms and David Eddings. Equally, for one reader The Hunger Games is a young adult dystopia, while for another it’s science fiction. Does every generation invent its own reading terminology? Can the evolution of such terms be mapped onto changing demographics — is there such a thing as GenX fantasy, or Baby Boomer science fiction? And do any terms retain their currency, and describe common ground across generations?
Andy Sawyer (M), Maureen Kincaid Speller , S. J. Groenewegen , Amy McCulloch, David Henley