Book Review | Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Published: April 4, 2017, Quirk Books
Pages: 320

Synopsis: Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

My Review:

Geekerella came out a little bit before I started this blogging journey, so I missed the original hype for this book, though I’d seen it on quite a few blogs and it was still given quite a high billing on shop shelves.

This is a quick read—I read it all in one day—but it stays with you. If you’re a fan of Fangirl, this is the version of Cinderella for you. Elle knows her space shows, and drops enough names that this might sound dated in 20 years, but it also makes the Starfield story, her and Darien bonding over and living through feel real as the shows we know out here in our world too. Plus, Elle’s a blogger! I loved seeing a character I could identify with in that way.

Ella is so compassionate and determined that you can’t help but root for her. She’s sassy and she knows what she wants, and when things go wrong, it’s moving and extremely emotional. The show she loves sounds so cool we can only hope that, we get a follow-up novel showing us just how awesome it really is.

One of my favorite aspects of this story is how it looks at long-held fandom and the upsides and downsides to creating more content for the stories that created it. Starfield may not actually exist but it’s a clear stand-in for Star Wars, and other long-running properties. We get to see how stories affect fans beyond watching the media and the critical eye born out of love for them along with the deep-seeded longing for anything new to be made “the right way”. The reboot brings in new fans who connect with it and those whose interaction with it leans more towards the superficial. But we also get a look at some of the varying perspectives that can come on the film-making side of the equation – from those who view the property on broader terms or with non-attachment to those who are fans themselves and worried about messing the whole thing up. All in all it’s a complex exploration.

That may sound like a lot to conquer but Geekerella remains a fun read though it all. It’s an engaging story and a great candidate for your Christmas read book selection or a weekend curled up on the couch.

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

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