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Missive From Montreal III: Moody Yet Sensitive Vampires and the Teens Who Love Them

August 9th, 2009 (02:39 pm)

This morning I moderated a panel on Paranormal Teen Romance novels. Finally, I had a room in which every microphone on the stage was actually working. Unfortunately, we had four panelists and two audience members. None of whom were the teenagers the program was primarily aimed at. Who thought it would be a good idea to schedule a program for teens at 10 a.m. on a Sunday? At 10 this morning, I'm guessing that all of the teenagers here either were still in bed in their hotel rooms, or were being dragged, protesting, by their parents to church or to family brunches.

Sitting in a row on the stage and speaking into microphones seemed a bit silly with an audience of two, so I decided we'd move the chairs into a circle and have a real discussion, rather than a presentation. We had a conversation that was entertaining and thought-provoking, and I think everyone felt it was a success, despite our low numbers.