So, I got tickets to see JK Rowling at the Lincoln Center in NYC this past Tuesday...
And it was the best day of my life.
At first I had to wait in the lobby for them to let us sit down. So we were waiting and not many people were there yet, but it started filling up fast and it was kind of crazy. Everyone was really excited and talking and I felt awkward because I didn't know anyone, but it was okay because obviously JK ROWLING.
So finally they let us into the actual theatre and I found my seat and sat down.
I was in the second ring, but they were GREAT seats, better than some orchestra seats because they were on the SIDE, and the side second ring rows only have two seats in them, so perfect.
I was next to this girl who's boyfriend was in front of her, and apparently someone had given them the tickets. One of their friends was going and then couldn't make it so they went for her providing that they give her a copy of The Casual Vacancy.
So they weren't nearly as big of fans as I was, so it was kind of awkward.
But it was fun.
When JKR came on stage, everyone like, roared with applause. It was fantastic. I have this obsession with 'crowds cheering' in movies and it made me feel like I was in one. But as soon as I saw her I almost started crying, but I held it together!
So first, they interviewed her - and it was nice because it was relaxed and she was so honest and kind and humble and smart. I was very, very, very impressed with her. I don't know - it was just, one of those things where you see someone on TV and think they SEEM humble and nice and down to earth, but you can't actually see them in person so you just have to assume? She was honestly that way. I don't know how to explain it but she was just. Amazing. Brilliant.
And then she read a small section of the book.
And then they asked her audience submitted questions and that was it!
But she was so honest and kind and didn't try to 'hide' answers and she's just really proud of all of her work and she's such a real person. She doesn't have that 'celebrity-i'm-so-famous' thing going on. She's just lovely and honest and real.
So then they started the signing. They called us to the lobby by row, and since I was AA I had to wait about an hour, but it was SO WORTH IT.
The people next to me - the ones who weren't huge fans - as we were waiting they were both just RAVING about her, like they were so impressed. And both of them were all 'we have to read this book' and all about how incredible she was. It was just a cool moment to know that I wasn't just impressed because I wanted to be, or because I already loved her. She really was that amazing.
OHHH AND meanwhile - my mom didn't end up with a ticket originally, so she was going to hang out in the lobby and wait for me. Some other girl's mom was doing the same thing (it was so weird because me and the lady's daughter were the same age and everything - it was like the same situation, they'd also come from about the same distance as we had! haha). So my mom and this lady were sitting there and this security guard asks why they aren't watching, and they say it's because they don't have tickets and are waiting for their daughters. So the security guard comes back and HANDS THEM BOTH FREE TICKETS and they were in the orchestra section - better than my seat, and both got to meet JKR and get a book and everything just like I did -FOR FREE. It was just really cool because I felt bad for accidentally not getting my mom a ticket, lol.
ANYWAY, they FINALLY call my row up to meet her.
And as I'm waiting in line, I'm internally freaking out because I have no idea what to say or do or think or anything - I was literally shaking, I was so excited and anxious.
And they handed us the books and told us all to keep it open to the title page, and that we couldn't take pictures until after she signed and we were out of the line.
So I'm just waiting my turn and suddenly I realize: IT'S MY TURN.
And JK ROWLING IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, SIGNING A BOOK THAT BELONGS TO ME, IN FRONT OF ME.
And I quickly, nervously said 'Thank you! You've changed my life so much!" and she looked me in the eye and said 'For the better, I hope'.
And handed me back my book.
And that was it.
You guys don't even know. It was perfect.
I can't explain how much those few words mean to me. I didn't think I'd ever get to meet her. In fact, in June, in Edinburgh we ate lunch at the cafe she used to write in and I remember thinking 'this is the closest I'll probably ever get to meeting her'... and now, a few months later I've met her.
I can't believe I actually got to say thank you to a person who changed my life the way she did. I can't believe it.
It was the best night of my life, I think. I'm still kind of in shock.
But I just wanted to let you all know!
She's truly fantastic, brilliant, genius. I'm so so so so proud that I'm a fan of a book that's written by such an amazing person. Really.