Are there any of you who feel like author signings are kind of... well... useless?
Sometimes, you do get speak to the author... but for like two-five minutes max, right? What can you say in there that'll be so life-altering? To me, it feels like authors, YA authors at least, nowadays post so much information online and/or are available via twitter, blogs, tumblers, etc. and any questions that I might have had / wanted to ask the author has already been answered.
Now, the things I read about at BEA are different. The idea of sitting down for a meal or going to some cocktail party-- that's different, and I think that would be interesting because then I'd get to know the author more as a person. Other than that though, I don't care about their signatures. I don't have any questions for them... and I don't feel like there's enough time in most signings to actually get to know the author. I mostly just care about and/or admire their words.
Have any of you ever felt this way? Or, if you do like going to author signings, why do you?