The main character in the adorable Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a fanfiction writer named Cath who loves a book series about a boy wizard — so much so that she spends her time penning a Simon Snow slash fic (called Carry On, Simon) between the book’s main character and his vampire nemesis.
The fanfiction within the book (which is itself centered around a girl’s obsession with a book series) had fans of the Rowell novel clamoring for an actual Simon Snow series.
And Rainbow Rowell has responded, by revealing there will be a Fangirl spin-off, which is actually the full version of Cath’s fan fiction.
If you know me, you will know that the only New Year’s Resolutions I set for myself are reading based ones. If not, then you do now. Since 2008 when I started keeping track of my literary conquests (when my goal was a mere 50 books for the year) I have been nailing my reading goals. Although most of my other reading resolutions usually fail.
For the second year in a row I set my reading goal at 150 books and for the second year in a row I succeeded in that goal. Although by the skin of my teeth. However, it wasn’t my fault, I had a wedding to plan. My wedding to be precise, so you could imagine why I was a tad busy.
Regardless, I did it!
In 2013 I read a grand total of 150 books (see full visual list HERE), hitting my goal but just barely. 33 of those were novels, 2 were anthologies, 10 were non-fiction, 42 of them were young adult novels, 53 were graphic novels and trades, 6 were middle grade books and 4 were poetry collections or plays.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .
But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: A book about a girl obsessed with a fictional character who doesn’t want to stop living in a fantasy world so she can go to college and grow up? Is this book about our lives? Plus we’ve only heard good things about Rainbow’s other YA offering Eleanor & Park, especially from John Green.
Neil Gaiman Writes Short Stories Based on Tweets, Asks Internet for Fan Art (via The Mary Sue)
Fantasy author and all around amazingly inventive guy Neil Gaiman partnered with Blackberry to create short stories based around the twelve months of the year and inspired by tweets submitted by his followers to create the collection, A Calendar of Tales. All the short stories are available for your reading pleasure in PDF form HERE. In response to his collection, Gaiman has asked for art and videos inspired by the short stories. Some of which will eventually be featured in a limited edition book. Talk about a collaborative effort.
Faster than a sexy chupacabra, our last full day of LeakyCon was upon us. While we were excited for the day ahead and all the shenanigans that surely awaited, it was tempered by the knowledge that too soon it would all come to an end. But the encroachment of real life would not give us the wizard mopes. With caffeine firmly in hand, we set forth for more wonderful LitTrack panels, the hilarious Mark “Reads” Oshiro, and cosplay!
I Was a Teenage Author
Moderator: Maureen Johnson
Panelists: John Green, Holly Black, Margaret Stohl, Daniel Ehrenhaft, and Stephanie Perkins
Last year’s runaway favorite, this panel was repeated with some new faces and some familiar ones. Daniel Ehrenhaft read some “rock” lyrics from his days as a former song writer, complete with a song about McDonald’s. That boy was really wed to his job, even if he never stole the salad bar. Margaret Stohl read some truly painful teenage angst poetry, which was rife with ridiculous symbolism and metaphor. Thank you for all your readings about scratchy lamps and particularly about erect pens. John Green read from a story about fireflies and lost youth. Although somehow the reference to “‘Firefly’ metaphors” made the audience think immediately of Nathan Fillion and not the insect. Once again Stephanie Perkins read from her teenage diary about her then boyfriend and now husband Jarrod (happy face!) and Holly Black read from her ridiculous fantasy novella. Specifically about potions that could make you fall asleep for a few minutes OR FOREVER!
Hearing the ridiculous stuff your favorite authors wrote in their youth is a hopeful experience for any aspiring writer, that’s for sure.