Books about Fangirls, Fanboys, and Fandom | A Reading List

Here’s the scoop. I’m writing a fangirl sci-fi mystery thriller asexual romance series—hold on! let me catch my breath!—and it’s going to be great. I have always loved books about fangirls, fanboys, and fandom in general, and I wanted to capture that spirit in One True Crime, the first novel in the series. The novels each incorporate a different fandom: the first one is Professor Zero (a.k.a. Doctor Who), the second is Deduction Seduction (a.k.a. Sherlock), and the last one I have planned so far is Thorns for Crowns (a.k.a. Game of Thrones). I love playing with fandom and how it intersects with (in this fictional universe) crime, identity, deviance, love, and friendship. All the things. Anyway, I’ve definitely taken inspiration from several novels about fandom, fangirls, fanboys, and general relationships on the internet in general. Here are some of my favorite novels about fandom, fangirls, and fanboys. and by Rainbow Rowell Of course, any list of the best novels about fangirls and fandom has to start with  by Rainbow Rowell, an explosive hit YA/NA novel by Rainbow Rowell. In this wildly popular novel, Cather moves into her dorm at the University of Nebraska and rooms with a bold, spunky woman named Raven. Her friend—or boyfriend?—Levi keeps hanging around coming...

What I Wish Romance Writers Knew About Nerds | Best Nerd Romance

So you’re writing a nerd romance novel. I myself am currently reading a “nerd romance novel” to coincide with February’s Valentine’s Day festivities. I appreciate the obscure pop culture references, and the heroine is pretty adorkable. But I guess I find that both in writing my own new adult romance novel and, well, living life in the mid 2010’s as a geeky gal, there’s a little room for improvement in romance novels with nerdy characters. Here’s my wish list of what writers should know about writing nerdy characters, followed by some recommendations for the best nerd romance novels. Enjoy! (And happy Valentine’s Day.) Nerdy characters can flirt just as well as anyone else I really get annoyed at the whole “Smart characters only talk geek-gibberish and can’t flirt like a normal human being” stereotype that’s out there. So many nerds are good at flirting because they’re good with language and dialogue. And many of them have competed in debate club or Hi-Q, defended theses and dissertations, explained complex Boolean search techniques to others, and gotten into all kinds of heated fangirl and fanboy arguments about whether Snape was truly good or very evil and whether the second Spiderman reboot should be forgotten or praised. Nerds also...

“Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel” by William Ritter | Book Review

(First thank you to the publisher, Algonquin, for providing me with an advanced review copy. This did not in any way affect my review.) In Short: Beastly Bones, Ritter’s follow-up to 2014’s Jackaby is a lively, action-packed, and entertaining mystery-paranormal novel that will find many fans of all ages  who love Sherlock, Doctor Who, Supernatural, and Harry Potter. Plot Summary: The year is 1892, and the place is the New England city of New Fiddleham. Abigail Rook, a young British woman, has been living with her employer, the eccentric R. F. Jackaby, a detective of the paranormal. Abigail acts as Jackaby’s assistant, helping with paperwork and, increasingly, the investigative and deductive process. When the novel opens, Rook and Jackaby are called to the scene of a lady who has purchased shapeshifting cats. Later, the duo learn from assistant police commissioner Marlowe that this woman has been found dead with an unusual puncture mark on her neck similar to one found on a woman who has just died in the nearby village of Gad’s Valley in the countryside. Jackaby and Rook go there to join up with a former member of the police force, Charlie Cane (a werewolf love interest of Abigail’s), who has recently been exiled to...

Looking for Alaska by John Green | Review

Green, John. Looking for Alaska. New York: Dutton Juvenile, 2005. Genre: Contemporary Intended Audience: 14 and up Personal Reaction to the Book: This is the third book by John Green which I have read. It is also his first novel. It shares some characteristics with Paper Towns (2008) in that it is about a mysterious, quirky, emotionally unstable girl who goes missing. In Paper Towns she runs away and in Looking for Alaska (Spoiler Alert!) she dies. In Looking for Alaska we meet Miles “Pudge” Halter who goes away to a boarding school in his junior year of high school. He befriends his roommate, the “Colonel,” and other people, among them the enigmatic and complicated Alaska Young. Pudge quickly falls in love with Alaska though she is tormented by past crises. In January, Alaska dies in a car accident which is very clearly a suicide. Grieving, Pudge and his friends seek to find out the truth about Alaska in her final moments and to discover her intentions.

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“Friends with Boys” by Faith Erin Hicks | Book Review

Hicks, Faith Erin. Friends with Boys. New York: First Second, 2012. Genre: Contemporary, Graphic Novel Recommended Age Group: 13 and up Personal reaction to the book Friends with Boys is a graphic novel by Faith Erin Hicks about a teen, Maggie, who is forced to start public school like her three older brothers. She is awkward and, as the new kid, nobody really pays attention to her except Lucy and her older brother Alistair, both of whom have mohawks and are outsiders. Maggie negotiates high school as well as her insecurities of hanging out with Lucy and Alistair and living in her older brothers’ shadows. I initially liked this book a lot, but the more I think about it the more I think the execution is off.

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