For those of you attending Arisia (at the Westin Boston Waterfront from January 17 through 20, 2014), here is my panel schedule. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, January 18
Time: 7:00 pm
Panel #: 458: Why Do So Many YA Franchises Bomb Onscreen?
Description: For every Twilight, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games, there seem to be dozens of perfectly successful books that fizzle on screen: The Host, The Golden Compass, The Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures, Percy Jackson, etc. Why do some of these hit books translate so well, and others never gain any traction? Is it about the quality of the film, the marketing, or just a fickle audience?
Sunday, January 19
Time: 10:00 am
Panel #: 267: Once Upon a Time (I’ll be moderating this panel)
Description: It’s campy, it’s cheesy, and it’s not exactly the first show any of us admit to watching. However, it’s not only entering its third season as a hit, but it’s launching a spin-off, and it seems to bring in big-name guest stars every week. Come discuss your favorite ways the show has updated classic characters, your favorite moments, and your concerns about both Once Upon a Time and spin-off Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
Time: 1:00 pm
Panel #: 128: Fan Speak: The Language of Fandom
Description: What communications styles, methods, and vocabulary seem unique to fandom? Hyperbole seems to be used more than in mainstream speech. Also, literary and media references are more common. Interrupting conversation isn’t seen as rude. How did these patterns develop and why? Have they changed?
Time: 2:30 pm
Panel #: 471: Star Wars: What’s Next
Description: JJ Abrams is taking over the Star Wars franchise under the auspices of Disney. Other than lens flares, what does this mean for the series? On the TV front, Clone Wars has ended, and rumors of a live-action series continue to spread. We’ll talk about the state of the franchise on all fronts during this panel
Time: 4:00 pm
Panel #: 512: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Description: Now that the second movie in the trilogy is out, how do people feel about the way the movies are going? Is it still toeing the line between being faithful to the books and accessible to the newcomers? Did the change from Gary Ross to Francis Lawrence as director work? Is Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss still a great heroine? We’ll share our thoughts on the movie, as well as speculation for the final film, in this lively panel.
Time: 5:30 pm
Panel #: 262: Marvel Cinematic (and TV) Universe
Description: The last year has given us new entries in the Iron Man and Thor franchises on the big screen, and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe moves forward, how are things looking? Are the stories still fresh? Does the TV show have long-term potential? Are we worried about Guardians of the Galaxy?
Time: 7:00 pm
Panel #: 429: Found Families in Speculative Fiction
Description: A lot of fans find a home/family in fandom. Found families are also a common theme in specific, both written and in TV shows such as Farscape and Star Trek. What narrative and thematic purposes can found families serve? How does this trope resonate with other themes present in speculative fiction?
Monday, January 20
Time: 1:00 pm
Panel #: 462: SF/F as an Ongoing Conversation
Description: John Scalzi’s Redshirts is only the most recent work of SF/F that responds directly to tropes, themes or claims in another work of SF/F. Sometimes parodies, sometimes commentaries, sometimes angry rebuttals, our genre has a long tradition of dialectic, perhaps enabled by how small a group we are. How does this dialectic function, what are some of its major landmarks, and what are the pivotal points in the conversation right now?