If you have not yet read Ashley Poston’s Geekerella I would highly recommend going and finding a copy. It is the most lovely book about fandoms and I adored it. The sequel – The Princess and the Fangirl – has just been published and I was so excited to receive a reading copy from Quirk Books.
Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: to save her favorite Starfield character, Princess Amara, from being killed off. On the other hand, the actress who plays Amara wouldn’t mind being axed. Jessica Stone doesn’t even like being part of the Starfield franchise—and she’s desperate to leave the intense scrutiny of fandom behind.
Though Imogen and Jess have nothing in common, they do look strangely similar to one another—and a case of mistaken identity at ExcelsiCon sets off a chain of events that will change both of their lives. When the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, with all signs pointing to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. The deal: Imogen will play Jess at her signings and panels, and Jess will help Imogen’s best friend run their booth.
But as these “princesses” race to find the script leaker—in each other’s shoes—they’re up against more than they bargained for. From the darker side of fandom to unexpected crushes, Imogen and Jess must find a way to rescue themselves from their own expectations…and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.
This books continues the story of Geekerella but follows different characters through the story. I wasn’t sure how I felt about that at first – I wanted to know more about what happened to Elle and Darien! I needn’t have worried though – Imogen and Jess had a brand new story and I was very quickly immersed in it.
The book is set at ExcelsiCon and is written in a way which made me very keen to find a convention to visit. I’ve discovered that I love books about people who are passionate about something, be that a book, and film or a television show. Stories really. All of which means that I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
The thing I took most from it though was something Imogen’s friend Harper says. She talks about how she doesn’t believe that, ‘…the only meaningful stories are the ones that are deep and pondering and boring… I think sometimes the stories we need are the ones about taking the hobbits to Isengard.’ I am often guilty of picking up books because I think I should read them. If they don’t enthrall me I struggle through them but my reading slows right down and I get distracted much more easily. The Princess and the Fangirl has reminded me that it’s okay to read ‘easier’, frivolous books if I enjoy them because that is the point. As Ashley Poston says in her acknowledgements, we should ‘keep reading what makes you happy, and keep celebrating the content that makes you feel most alive, and carve out your spot in the universe.’
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
Publisher: Quirk Books