Recently, Gentle Reader, I had my first encounter with a Fan Girl.
I do not mean to imply I had never met such a creature before, indeed, I may have been one myself on more than one occasion (of the breathy variety and in the presence of a certain YA author). No this was my Fan Girl. She was excited to meet me in a manner that made itself known as mild bouncing and several intermittent squeaks that, once lowered into a decibel level appropriate to the human ear, could be translated as euphoric rhapsodies over Soulless. It was, to put it mildly, highly disconcerting. And I was not prepared.
First, and most importantly, I was not dressed appropriately. I was wearing my regular everyday clothing and not one of my nicer vintage outfits and stilettos. Please believe me when I tell you, Gentle Reader, that coping with unexpected social encounters is always best met wearing stilettos. Secondly, as my book is not yet out to the public, I was not yet anticipating fan-girlishness in any form. I was under the impression I had a good four more months to prepare, and even then one cannot depend upon fan girls, one can only hope to engender such zeal.
And yet there I stood, wide-eyed and mute, confronted by gyrating squeals, with an acute sense that I ought to have some other response than “I’m so glad you liked it.” So that, in the end, is the question. How does one respond to such adoration and enthusiasm for ones little book? I am rather coming down to replying with a “Who’s your favorite character?” or some similar question. Because, quite frankly, I am interested in knowing the answer and, in addition, I am considering coming up with a personality evaluation scale based on which character a given reader finds most appealing.
Quote of the Day:
“The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to fail. The trouble with most fiction is that you want them all to land in hell, together, as quickly as possible.”
~ Mark Twain