November 14th, 2013
I've gone to almost 200 premieres but only two book signings in London. That's not because I'm illiterate so much, it's just that these events aren't quite as well publicised, and they aren't really so much events as a long queue through a bookshop (or outside a bookshop), leading to a table inside where an author signs
Also, unlike premieres where it's free to queue, generally in a book signing you (a) have to buy a book to gain access, and (b) maybe you can take photos of the author, but they will not really pose or high-five or stand on a raised stage with a microphone to be interviewed by Alex Zane, which isn't quite what you get at "Thor the Dark World" or "The Hunger Games Catching Fire"
Still..... director JJ Abrams? The enigmatic book "S"? In London? I might already have photographed him at the world premieres of "Star Trek (2009)" and "Star Trek Into Darkness", but I'm totally there.
Here's how it (literally) went down :)
So... that was pretty cool. It's also one of those rare time that, finding myself in front of a person / director without a camera, I had to choose between silently standing there or attempting to make conversation. And, weirdly (even... or rather especially) to me, I chose discussion. I told JJ Abrams that I loved what he'd done with Star Trek and that my faith in Star Wars being revived had been this // marginally improved with his involvement. Which is true!
And I've started reading the book and it's fascinating. Conspiracies, multiple timelines, several levels of storytelling... and I'm barely twenty pages in. I'll let you know how it works out.
(Me, a year later : it was very good)
Until next time, for now I think it's still appropriate to call it a book premiere, and thus put it into "The Archive of (now not merely) Movie Premieres"