For anyone who's a fangirl (or boy) and especially anyone who has written fanfiction. This book does NOT shy away from the somewhat darker nature that fanfiction can go in. It gets fun when the author of the fanfiction, Claire, ends up meeting the subject, Forest, an actor on her favorite TV show and whose character she insisted is gay. It provokes a VERY strong reaction from him that there's no way his character is like that, and of course goes on to upset a bunch of fans. As the two are pushed together they are forced to rethink their assertions.
A little didactic, but still good fun for all of the fangirls out there.
Very fun to read
One of the reason I put this on my 'for later' shelf is this review for rivkat at dreamwidth: "Britta Lundin, Ship It: Many years ago now, a friend commented about the film Ginger Snaps that it felt directly addressed to her interests and concerns, and that this must be what many cis white guys felt all the time. Now I too am hailed by a mass market production that feels like it was made just for me (and the hundreds of thousands of fangirls just like me in this way). Claire, the primary narrator, is a passionate fan of the show Demon Heart, and specifically of SmokeHeart—Smokey and Heart, the demon hunter and titular demon and the only two recurring characters on the show. Forest, the other narrator, plays Smokey; he is basically Jensen Ackles (’s public persona) after libel review/serial number file-off. When Claire prompts an anti-SmokeHeart outburst from Forest on a con panel, the show promoters’ damage control includes taking Claire along on the rest of their con tour as they wait to see whether the show will be renewed. Now Claire’s got 440,000 followers and a mission to make SmokeHeart canon. Also, Claire met a really cute girl, but she’s not sure she’s attracted to girls, or to anyone really; her love interest is totally out and proud about being queer, but ashamed of her fandom and fanart.
Claire is a junior in high school, so she makes some dumb, dick moves, but she’s also the best of young activism—passionate, articulate, and willing to learn from her fuckups. Forest is only eight years older, and he’s got a different interior life but also some of the same questions about who he is and how people see him, and whether he can exercise any control over either. His journey learning about who his fans really are (girls; more importantly, people) and what he really wants from his acting might actually be more affecting to me because his insecurities are tangled up, professional and personal, in a more adult way. Both Claire and Forest screw up because they haven’t thought enough about others’ own interests and plans, and they’re both understandable and ultimately likeable people, as is almost everyone else in the story. The actors’ perspectives on people writing porn about them/the characters they play, and the industry pressures that fans don’t often think about, get clear airing, though the book comes down firmly on the “the story belongs to anyone who cares about it” side of things. "
This book is interesting as it does have LGBTQIA content but what i liked best was that although Claire was being asked to define herself, the reminder was she doesn't have to do that until she is ready. GOOD REMINDER!! It's a different take on fandoms where the folks involved in the fandom are also in the book, but lessons were learned, and characters grew. Also the inherent narrow view of Hollywood features as well - so perhaps not my favourite fandom book (Fangirl forever) BUT it has great elements which make it a good addition to the sub-genre!
While you may not agree with everything Claire does, if you have any kind of leaning towards being a fangirl you will LOVE this character. She, and by extension the author Britta Lundin, gets it, and articulates the love and the highs and lows and the community of being a fan. This is an engrossing coming-of-age book with great plotting and great characters that sticks the landing. Read it and geek out!
I like this book on a couple levels. First, a book about the craziness of fandoms rang quite true. Then, the complexity of fan’s shipping a boy-boy relationship and all that implies, especially when the fandom is for a tv show with actors, rather than just a book where the people don’t exist beyond the page; there’s a personal and political lgbtq issue going on here. I also liked the way it dealt with celebrities, as most YA books with famous characters are so cheesy; This one was more interesting. Not my favorite book ever, but i’d still be willing to recommend this to a teen who likes fandoms.
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