I came across this book quite by accident. I was drafting a post on How to Get Started with Audiobooks, and I wanted to be thorough and include a lot of examples and recommendations, so that it’s not just an info dumpy post, but something that people who want to get started with audio-books can actually use.
So for ‘research’ I was looking up new-to-me fiction books (reason will be much clearer in the aforementioned audiobook post), and I landed on this book, so I thought let’s give it a whirl, and it turned out to be quite an unexpected delight.
Geekerella – What’s it about?
Geekerella in a nutshell is a love letter to fans, fandoms and nerd culture all over the world.
Think about it this way.. if Fandoms & Fairytales got married and had a baby, that adorable child would be Geekerella.
The book revolves around Elle, our modern day Cinderella, who lives with her evil stepmother, and 2 evil step sisters, while she is still grieving the loss of her father, whom she was really close to. She feels unwanted, unloved, isolated, and wants to escape her stifling environment.
But before she can figure out a more permanent escape route, she finds her escape in the fandom of her and her parent’s favorite tv-show – Starfield (which sounds like a cross between Star Wars & Star Trek, but I am not sure).
The story begins with the announcement of a Starfield movie, and the casting details for the big screen version of the much loved TV show.
However, Elle is heartbroken over the choice of casting for Starfield’s male lead – Federation Prince Carmindor, who will be played by Darien Freeman, a teen heartthrob, but someone whom she doesn’t consider a serious actor.
Darien Freeman, and his insured abs (yes, you read that right), might make for good magazine covers, but according to Elle, he is someone who lacks the depth to play her all-time favorite character.
Oh and did I mention that she also writes a blog called Rebel Gunner, where she talks Starfield all the time? No? Well she does, and for now uses it primarily to critique Darien Freeman’s every single breath.
Meanwhile, Darien Freeman couldn’t be more excited to be cast as Carmindor for the big screen. Because even though he might be every teen girl’s dream, what with his Hollywood good looks, and his larger than life persona, he is secretly a huge Starfield fanboy himself, and the chance to play Federation Prince Carmindor is his dream come true.
Which is why, it bothers him that the self proclaimed true fans of the show, with the Rebel Gunner blogger leading the charge, have written him off as just another pretty face, before he could even prove to them that he does care about doing the role justice as much as any of them, if not more.
Then due to a very convoluted set of events and circumstances, our two protagonists start texting one another, while being completely unaware of whom they are actually communicating with.
Add to this, an orange Magic Pumpkin vegan food truck, a cosplay competition and ball, amazing friendships, and endless geeky references, you have this book, which is a tribute to fans and fandoms all over the world.
The Things I Loved About This Book
- I have to admit that I loved the concept to begin with. I was extremely interested in finding out how the author had managed to mix fairy tales and fandoms, and I must say that she has done a pretty good job.In-fact this book is nerd heaven. If you have ever been a true fan of a book/show, and have been actively involved in a fandom, you will eat this up. It made me nostalgic about the days I used to geek out about Harry Potter with my real and virtual friends. Plus the narration ensured that I literally flew through this one.
- And though this book is trope heavy, it has some tropes that I quite enjoy. For instance, I am a sucker for the You’ve Got Mail kinda plots, where the protagonists aren’t aware of whom they are communicating with, though they are either aware of the existence of that person, or know that person in real life.
- There is also amazing lesbian representation in this book. It is treated, as it should be treated, like normal.
The Not-So-Great Things
- The writing is kinda juvenile. It did not bother me as much because I heard it on audio, but it might bother people who care about this, and read this in print.
- It stuck too close to the source material Cinderella, so much so that the step mum and sisters came across as caricatures rather than real people.
- The male lead, as adorable as he is, is not realistic. I don’t always fret over such things, but this guy, he had the looks of a Greek God and the money and fame to go with it, and yet I must have a bigger ego than him! Also, his abs were insured! Yes, you can read that line again. But I don’t know how that even works, so don’t ask me.
- There were some loose ends that needed to be tied up, which the author just ignored.
But you know how some books make you want to turn a blind eye to all the negatives, and less-than-perfect things about them, and just bask in their amazingness (and create non-existent words like amazingness)? Geekerella was that book for me. And it might not be for you, but for me, it was.
However, I feel like if you have ever been a true fan of any book/series, and have been an active part of a fandom, you will love this book, just as much as I did.
You will overlook the tropes and the loose ends, and enjoy this tribute to fans, geeks, and nerds all over the world.
That’s all from my end folks. I would love to hear from you. Have you guys read this book? What did you think of it? Also, have you ever been an active part of a fandom? I would love to hear your experiences. Let’s chat in the comments!
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