Given that the fashion show, The Naked Truth, got postponed to the following day, I attempted something close to impossible: Attend two consecutive (and somewhat overlapping) events in two different cities which are right next to each other. Mario PH ruins lives. OAO
That morning, I headed to SM Aura for the Jennifer E. Smith (writer of wonderful YA novels The Statistic Probability of Live at First Sight, This is What Happy Looks Like, and The Geography of You and Me) and Lissa Price (writer of the dystopian novels Starters and Enders). I did the usual — line-up, get my number, and eat lunch with book signing buddies.
I got there by 8:30am and I’m already person #101. It’s my first book signing at SM Aura so I don’t know how things work.
I must say that the line was very organized. It also moved quite fast.
Then, I finally got my number. Hello #101. Haha. I didn’t get the third Jennifer E. Smith book because it’s hardbound and would look weird next to the two books that I already have.
After lining up and eating lunch, we even did pilgrimage to Powerbooks – Serendra and Fully Booked – High Street. Totally bookish, ne? Here are some the books I spotted at Fully Booked:
But by noon, I left to prep for my second event, The Naked Truth. I headed to MoA Arena to get my ticket but I was advised to go back by 3pm which is a dilemma because the booksigning might start by 3pm. (Based on experience, NBS booksignings start an hour late.) So I hopped back to SM Aura to find out that…
… the booksigning has started. I missed most of the interview. ;A;
Despite that, I got to hear the one thing I really like to know: advice for aspiring writers. Jennifer E. Smith said to write what you know. As for Lissa Price, she told us to find the books whose authors’ surnames start with the same letter as yours and to make room for your book after. That solicited “awws” from the audience.
I also managed to catch the short Q&A session that followed after. Lissa Price may release an e-novella related to Starters and Enders given that she has written short stories related to the series already.
Most of the other questions are for Jennifer E. Smith. She explained why her novels are normally open-ended. She intended to turn the extraordinary circumstances of her characters come into realistic terms. Although she has no plans for sequels (which saddens us all), she wanted the best for her characters. She also explained why the main conflict of her novels is distance. Her books have no “bad guys” per se. The obstacles are more on circumstances which involves distance. There is no control of where you are, especially as a teenager. It’s interesting to see how young people deal with being pulled apart from one another.
The last question revolved on what inspires them to write. Lissa Price finds inspiration in dealing with different levels of reality. She is able to see this in movies like the Matrix or Inception. Jennifer E. Smith likes rom com movies like Notting Hill and You Got Mail. She hopes to tackle romantic comedy in a less cheesy way in her novels.
As for the final note of the interview, both authors thanked everyone who braved through the storm and lining up very early in the morning to see them and told everyone how beautiful the country is, as it is their first time in the Philippines. Lissa Price promises to come back for a vacation. They also promised to tell all of their writer friends about the country so they’d be able to go. Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan were brought up. (Ahhh!)
It was a loooong excruciating wait to get my books signed but it was worth it. I got a chance to chat with Lissa Price! I asked her about who will choose between Michael and Hyden because she held both of their hands and hinted on a third book. (It must’ve been mentioned during the interview and I didn’t hear about it. ;A;) As for Jennifer E. Smith, I ended up hanging and smiling only. We did hug too! Ah, I have yet to read The Geography of You and Me. TAT
As soon as I got my books signed, I hopped onto a taxi and went back to MoA Arena. Traffic was hellish; I should’ve ridden the train.
I looked like trash by the time I got there but I got my ticket for the show. It’s a standing ticket from Lower Box area — very far from the stage, though; nevertheless, I am thankful that I was able to get one.
My foot throbbed from all the hasty walking/dragging. The wound was still open. So… what did I do now? The thing is, I found an empty seat at the back. I asked the usher if I could stay in that seat until the owner gets there. Luckily, the owner never got there so I was seated throughout the whole show. I couldn’t focus on the show because I was always afraid that the owner would get there and I’d get booted. ;A;
There were many mind stopping scenes in the show which eventually became scandals like Jake Cuenca and his nudity and Coco Martin and the girl on a leash. I think that these issues were blown out of proportion because of the media. There was also Kim Chiu taking off her top, revealing a white Bench bra. In addition, Enchong Dee climbed up a pole.
In terms of sexiness, I have to say that Solenn takes the cake. She is the epitome of sexiness with her outfit. I like her headdress too. Marian Rivera’s body is not given justice with the long skirt. Allison also took the spotlight at one point, being her beautiful self. She walked in a jacket and a pink two-piece suit although I couldn’t be to sure because I am very far from the stage. I found her simply adorable. She took one aerobics ball from the performer and tried to roll it with her — kind of like a cat — but it wouldn’t roll as fast as she was walking so she left it there. ADORBS!
*I won’t post links to the media coverage because I’d have to edit the photos to make it child-friendly. The fiasco that followed after — protests and boycotts and whatnot — are the result of the media not protecting its viewers. We are still a very sensitive and conservative country. The show is rated-18 which should mean that the photos are to be censored for others. Nope, they weren’t censored so issues appeared. (I personally saw the show as art — that there is something more to the whole act — and nothing else.)
Overall, I think the show was marvelous. The ending with the blue led lights falling from the ceiling is so beautiful that I imagine SJ concerts to do that too. Hehe.
All in all, my day was splendid. I made a couple of bad choices but hey, that’s life. I learned from it. I had fun too! :D