Fangirl (book)

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Title: Fangirl
Creator: Rainbow Rowell
Date(s): 2013
Medium: Novel
Fandom: fandom
Language: English
External Links: Rainbow Rowell.com Fangirl page

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Fangirl is a 2013 novel by Rainbow Rowell about two young American girl twins who are BNFs in her fictional Simon Snow series fandom. In the course of the book, they start college with one twin trying to grow away from fandom and the other afraid to let go after Simon Snow got her through some rough times. Cath, the protagonist, eventually learns to appreciate life away from the laptop and finds a boyfriend who appreciates her fannish leanings.

Rowell is herself a fangirl, writing about her deep fannishness about The Borrowers book series.

Fan Comments

Cake Evangelista wrote a very positive review in the Philippine Daily Inquirer[1], saying, "“Fangirl” beautifully captures my own sentiments about being a fan. Its story will resonate with people who have ever loved a piece of pop culture to the point of distraction."

Alyssa Rosenberg was more critical, saying "Fandom deserves a novel that doesn’t treat it like a pale substitute for life, when fan communities can be such a major component of it." [2]

Fanfic of "Fangirl"

Further Reading/Meta

References

  1. What it means to be a fangirl Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 2, 2013 (accessed 2013-11-16)
  2. Rowell’s ‘Fangirl’ Would Be Better If It Had More To Say About Fandom, Alyssa Rosenberg on Think Progress, October 8, 2013 (accessed 2013-11-16)