Hi Virtually Readers! Fact about me: I have a strong belief that just like we have a long period of buildup for Christmas, we should have a long period of tapering off the celebrations. So while Christmas season is over, here’s one more ‘Tis the Season of Rereading post anyway. Follow the category ‘features’ to find all the other posts!
Christmassy Narrative about my Acquistion of Fangirl
Shanti and I were Christmas shopping in the bookshop. Like a wonderful sister, I sent her outside while I bought her a Trudi Canavan book and a colouring book (aren’t I lavish). While engaged in browsing for these books, I *accidentally* noticed Fangirl innocently sitting on the shelves, innocently costing about 400 rupees (that’s maybe 8 new zealand dollars). I *suddenly* remembered that I had money from my birthday way back in October and resolved to buy it. So I did.
Later that week (aka the week before Christmas) I was trying to motivate myself to finish Like Smoke, a collection of short stories by an Indian author (basically, the idea was good but I think I could have written it better). I promised myself that if I finished it, I could read Fangirl. My persuasiveness worked: I finished both books the same day. (Did I do anything else? Hmmm, maybe no).
Fangirl was the first thing I reviewed on weavingwaveswords! It’s a terrible review, but you can read it here (please don’t, though). I also stole somebody’s photo off google images. Whoever you are, I’m very sorry, and I have since removed it.
Reasons I liked rereading Fangirl
- Twins: Cath and Wren are twins like me and Shanti. There’s this one scene where Cath and Wren are telling someone all the differences between them and we do that so often I FLAILED.
- Family: Cath’s family isn’t perfect, but she looks after them. I feel like a lot of YA novels either ignore family or have terrible families. This was the realistic happy medium, and it was great.
- Levi (the love interest) because AWWWWWWWWW. One thing I appreciated that I didn’t other times is that Levi has difficult reading. He’s not dumb or anything, just can’t really focus on reading long things. I’ve always been a reader, and I think I sometimes need a reminder that just because somebody doesn’t read, they’re not a useless, stupid awful person 🙂
- A lot of the book was set in winter, which it is now. So that was nice.
- Another thing I didn’t really notice in previous rereads was Cath’s social anxiety. I don’t know much about this condition (is it a condition? Trying hard to be politically correct) , but I felt like it was described very thoughtfully and sensitively.
- Reagan, Cath’s roommate. Reagan is everything Cath isn’t: loud, confident, and sociable. Their (amazing) friendship despite their differences is something I really appreciated.
- The fangirling ❤ Cath writes fanfiction for her favourite series. While I don’t read or write fanfiction, I am a fan. Is fanfiction plagiarism? I don’t think so. But the discussion of it was certainly interesting.
- Emergency Kanye Dance Parties. I personally believe in emergency ABBA dance parties, but they are the best.
Have you read fangirl? Do you want to? How do you feel about fanfiction? What’s the weather like where you are right now? What music would you dance to in an emergency party?