Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Posted January 25, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Geekerella by Ashley PostonGeekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by Ashley Poston
Published by Quirk Books on April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, romance
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.
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 Starfieldfandom 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.
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."

Fandom in media can be patronizing.

If you know me, you know that I’m a huge geek.  At my house, we are Whovians. We are SherLOCKed.  We are Browncoats and part of the Scoobies and we believe Winter is Coming. So say we all. In my house, fandom can be a touchy subject. Fandom is sometimes direly mishandled in media. Sometimes we will sit watching Big Bang Theory and realize that the character’s love is the butt of the joke. Geeks often are the butt of jokes. A geek’s intense love of  is sometimes portrayed as a character flaw instead of a strength. Fandom in books and movies can also be patronizing. Sometimes I feel like writers have a checklist and then go down and make sure they hit every reference. It’s pandering and I hate it.

I am really discriminating when it comes to fandom in media. It shines through when the author knows and believes what they are writing about. One of the best examples of this is Cath in Fangirl. Cath was so real that know Rainbow Rowell had to have experience reading FanFic. I was really concerned when I first heard about this book. In my mind, it had a lot of potential to be good but equally the potential to be terrible. I say all this so my next words will have the appropriate weight.

Geekerella is adorable.

It’s the perfect retelling. Geekerella stays true to the original story but the classic tail is now interwoven with an original theme. I loved how Elle is the ‘princess’ of the con world because he father founded a huge SciFi Con. It was a perfect way to tie the story to the theme. Every part of the story fit so well and just made me melt.  The best part, for me, was there was absolutely no insta-love. Prince Charming, in this case the star of the new Starfield reboot, and Elle get to know each other slowly. I thought the way Ashley Polston worked that out was genius. I won’t spoil it for you.

Elle and Darien couldn’t seem more different at the beginning of the book. She works in a food truck and fights with her stepmonster. She loves Starfield in it’s own right but she also loves it for the connection it has to her father. Darien is a teenage hearthrob. He’s cool and popular with a perfect life and perfect abs. He also loves Starfield and his biggest fear is being seen as a poser in the community. The entire book was a wonderful journey in watching them learn they had more in common than they thought.




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