Friday, November 15, 2013
#62 (2013/CBR5) "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell
Like Rowell's other books, this one was hard to put down. I read it in a couple of days, completely ignoring my NaNoWriMo obligations, preferring to find out what happens to Cath--wondering if it was ironic (I'm not good with irony) that Rowell had written Fangirl during NaNoWriMo.
I don't want to go on and on about what happens in the story because it's worth reading and you don't need to know anything going in. However, this was my first real exposure to fan fiction, and I found my mind wandering a bit as I read. To start off, every review I've read has said the fantasy series Cath is obsessed with is basically Harry Potter, which sounds about right. However, Rowell mentions Harry Potter in her book as well, making her world a world with two wildly popular, magical, teenage fantasy series. It's hard to imagine such a thing. Also, I know there are tons of exuberant fans of Harry Potter, but is there this kind of fanfic surrounding the story? Are people on the internet hooking Harry up with Draco Malfoy? Or would they hook him up with Ron Weasley? I'm almost curious enough to look, but I'm afraid once I go down that rabbit hole there's no going back and I want to remember Harry as J.K. Rowling wrote him.
Although I loved this book and would enjoy reading it again, I did find Levi a little too perfect. Sure, he kisses another girl after he kisses Cath but that's about it. Levi is nice to everyone, he's smart, he's caring, he's good looking, and persistent as he pursues Cath. How many college girls can sit in their dorm rooms, interacting with no one and then the perfect guy shows up and tenaciously breaks down all her barriers through months of disinterest and/or hostility. That just doesn't happen, at least in my world. As real as most of the character's felt, Levi seemed like he was straight out of a romance novel. The relationship in Eleanor & Park felt much more balanced.