The other week I went to Charlie McDonnell’s Fun Science book signing and I can honestly say it was the best book signing I’ve ever been to.
I should start off by saying that I was originally going to the signing on my own as I didnt personally know anyone who was interested enough in Charlie’s videos to want to go and meet him to get his book.
However, my parents decided they would take me there and wander around the shops a bit while I was getting my book signed, then take me home again so I wouldn’t be completely by myself the entire time.
So, a couple of days before the signing I had sent a tweet out (you can follow me @louiseandrews04) asking if anyone was going to Charlie’s Liverpool signing, I didn’t get any reply so quickly forgot about it.
I wasn’t that bothered about going by myself, it would have been nice to have people to go with, but I wand the going to let it get in the way!
The morning of the signing, while I was getting ready, I heard my phone go off to find I had a reply from a girl saying that she was going and that she would meet me in the line, a couple of minutes later I also got another reply from a different girl saying the same thing.
So suddenly I had people to go with!
And don’t worry, I’m completely aware of stranger danger, however, as my parents would be with me until I met them and I was meeting them in a COMPLETELY public place it was all fine and dandy! (Although I wouldn’t recommend doing it unless you 100% completely know they are safe.)
Once we’d arrived at Waterstones (the venue the signing was held at) I wandered down the line a bit looking for the girls who had tweeted me, I knew that one of them had bright blue hair so I had something easy to recognise them with.
Finally, after walking around looking like an idiot for a bit, I found the girls!
They were stood with three other girls they had met in the line.
The first thing I noticed about all of these girls was how gloriously geeky they were, I knew instantly that I would have a lot in common with them, one even had a Doctor Who themed bag!
We started chatting (my parents had wandered off at this point) and quickly realised we didn’t know each other’s names, so we went around the circle introducing ourselves.
I had heard of people meeting friends through things like concerts and signings before but it had never personally happened to me, probably because I had never been to one on my own before and therefore had no reason to be talking to other people.
So this was a completely new experience to me and it was incredibly cool!
We all had so much in common and it was fun getting to know new people and all being extremely exited about something together, we were fangirling and trying to see Charlie through the window and it was fine because none of us found our fangirling annoying or over dramatic since we all felt the same way!
The line went really fast and soon were next in line to meet Charlie!
We were all a bit nervous and didn’t want to go first, but since one of us had to, I ended up being the one to take the plunge.
I was nervous and giggly (annoyingly that’s how I get when I meet famous people) I walked up to him and told him he was the first YouTuber I ever watched and that it was his fault I became such a fangirl!
He laughed and said “Sorry about that!”
One thing I noticed about him was that he is very shy, which I sort of expected and completely understand.
It must be intimidating having all of these teenage girls and boys love him and want to meet him but he handled himself very well.
Once we’d met Charlie it started to settle in that it was over and we were all left a bit deflated, we were happy because we’d met him and made loads of friends in the process, but there’s always that moment afterwords where you’re sad it’s over and you wonder how it went by so quickly!
We stood outside Waterstones swapping Facebooks and stories, fangirling over hugging Charlie and planning to go for some lunch.
We could still see Charlie inside signing the last of the books, we thought maybe we could sneak in and try to meet him again since it was practically empty by the time the signing was over and there was still people in the shop buying books.
Once the last of the fans left we crept back in, we could see Charlie walking out a door in the back that must have led to some leasure rooms for the staff.
We idled around outside the door, wondering whether we should try our luck at getting in.
None of us wanted to bother Charlie so that idea was quickly thrown out the window.
We strolled outside the shop again, a bit giggly because we felt rebellious trying to meet him again.
At this point we had resigned ourselves to the fact we weren’t going to see him again and he’d probably already been whisked away in some taxi back to his hotel.
However, just as we were about to give up and leave, one of the girls suddenly exclaimed “It’s Charlie!”
All of our heads collectively turned towards the door, but, alas, it was just a lookalike.
“Wait there he is!”
We turned again to find the real Charlie walking out the shop! Right towards us!
We stood there in shock, not sure what to do. None of us had really thought we’d actually see him again.
He stood there for a while, he’d definitely seen us clutching our Fun Science copies, it was just a case of who would be confident enough to approach him.
We debated it for a while, sneaking glances at him while someone was showing him how to get to the docks.
Finally, one of the other girls sparked up enough courage to shout “Charlie!” Before he wandered off.
He turned around, walked over and was sweet enough to let us have a group picture with him (taken by his lovely publicist).
He had a little chat with us about how he’d never properly seen Liverpool before, I felt like any awkwardness that I showed when I met him the first time was completely gone now that I could have a proper conversation with him, when he said bye for the last time we were left feeling so so happy because we’d just met him twice!
Afterwords we got a McDonalds and let everything that had happened sink in.
Charlie is honestly so lovely and it was such a fun experience to meet him and make new friends who have the same interests as me.
It’s a day I wish I could go back to but I love remembering!
Now I can watch his videos and say that I’ve met him!
So have you met a celebrity? Been to a signing? Leave you’re stories below 🙂