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Thoughts on Fangirl

Happy New year everyone who reads this. Let’s skip all the holiday stuff and go straight towards my thoughts on Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Generally around Christmas time I was exhausted from shopping with my mother and forgot to bring a book/my ereader with me. Luckily we were breifly at a Target and I walked to the book section
I gazed through the books available and I had the choice between John Green books and other YA novels. I then saw Fangirl and it sparked my interest because the plot involved a girl who was a big fan of a Harry Potter expy. She wrote fanfiction and entered college with the intention of becoming a writer. THe book follows Cath, a fangirl who is abnormal to the rest of the world since she is a fangirl.
Her twin sister Wren was once a fangirl too, but wants to move on with life.
Spoilers Start Here.
Generally through most of the book Wren is a bitch. She behaves recklessly during her first two semesters of college while our hero Cath is concerned with her school work and keeping up with her fanfiction for Simon Snow.
I like that the book concentrates primarily on Cath adjusting to a life outside of her comfort zone and I like that Rainbow Rowell had Cath slowly adjust to living like a normal person without sacrificing any of her fangirl mannerisms.
The only problem I had with the books is when Cath reads her fanfiction to her love interest Levi and while it is sweet that the two bond over her reading out loud to him, I wasn’t interested at all in hearing about her fanfiction (if I don’t read fanfiction in real life why would I read fictional fanfiction,) generally the fanfic portions of the book can be skipped without missing much of the plot.
Although the book was entertaining, I feel a little misled. I still give the book a B-.

The Fault in Our Stars (yo, where you been?)

First, let me say that higher education has higher priorities than this little blog where I write about books and television shows I like. It has been a tough semester, but it’s over and I can enjoy my winter break. Now on with my little blog.

I reluctantly read The Fault in Our Stars, mainly because judging from the way the movie was advertised it seemed like one cheesy ass romance novel involving a girl with cancer as it’s main gimmick. Then again I managed to avoid all commercials for the movie version of The Fault in Our Stars because I was busy with school and family issues to watch normal tv. I bought it because a friend guilted me into it. I will admit, I like the constant snark between Hazel and Augustus so much more than any other romantic couple I’ve read ever!
I also thought a lot about someone I knew who had leukemia and passed away when I was nine. I’m not going too deep into that subject, but I wondered what kind of individual he would have grown into based on reading what Hazel, Augustus, and Isaac go through.
I like that John Green chose to make Hazel more of a fangirl rather than a girl who is ‘so damn educated, but pale and unusual to fit in or have a guy ever notice my plainness’. I mean Hazel still is plain, but she’s beyond being the Mary Sue of YA novels thanks to her snarky ways and fangirl tendencies toward her favorite book and unusual enjoyment of America’s Next Top Model (do they even show that anymore?).
I also like that John Green didn’t make Hazel and Augustus the typical ‘we believe in God, but we’re not religious’ couple and had them both as agnostics with Hazel leaning more towards atheism and Augustus acknowledging that there is a creator rather than the God of Abraham.
I will recommend it, but not because of how popular it is, but because of how good it is without all the hype surrounding it.

The Lunar Chronicles-Cress

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Apologies, for some reason my post deleted itself, here is the review for The Lunar Chronicles Cress. Damn this is so annoying that I lost three paragraphs of writing.

I liked Cress ALOT! This made up for Scarlet so much, the pacing was so much better and it was so much nicer to not be jumping back and fourth between Cinder and the primary protagonist of the book. I mean it does happen, but it’s not as bad as it happened with Scarlet.

Spoilers from this point on, please do not read if you don’t want to be spoiled.

At the end of Cinder we are introduced to the character Cress that I couldn’t help but label a fangirl despite her barely having any screen time. As of this book I can confirm that Cress is a fangirl. A shockingly realistic one too. I’m thinking Merissa Meyer may have gotten inspiration from the fact that most fans of anime or television in general are aware of torrent sites and with the few clicks of a mouse and clicking of a keyboard can get media through torrent sites to flesh out Cress’ character more. Cress is a computer genius who can hack satellites and has been making Lunar spaceships invisible to Earth nations for seven years with her computer abilities all alone on a satellite.

However she does get bored and due to Lunar’s not caring for recorded work she settles for Earth media and grows to love it and becomes a fangirl of Earth and humans. She is a shell so she doesn’t have any glamor abilities and isn’t affected by them. I gotta say I really do like her as she felt more relatable to me. Despite having a Y chromosome and not necessarily being a fangirl (yes even men have inner fangirl moments), I was able to sympathise more with her concerning her living situations. Sadly with no combat abilities Cress is more of a damsel in comparison to Scarlet and Cinder who have some minor combat abilities.

I can also feel that Cress really is a fangirl since like most people in fandoms she researches her favorite characters (in this case Thorne) and has daydreams about falling in love with them. She’s actually adorkable.

Alot more is also explained concerning the backstory of the world Cinder takes place in; the discrimination towards cyborgs is explained, ironically I was nearly spot on about people discriminating against cyborgs for the sake of having something to discriminate against something.

We also get character development from all the characters with CInder realizing that she has no choice but to start a revolution against queen Levena, Dr.Erland’s backstory fully revealed and his regret at sacrificing so many lives, Iko getting her own humanoid body (my favorite part), and Thorne proving to himself and everyone else that he is more than a freeloading perverted thief based on the feelings Cress has for him.

The book does end on a cliffhanger (again), but with a war finally starting between Earth and Luna and with two books coming out next year (one a prequel about Queen Levena and the final book based upon Snow White) the series is definitely going to have a dramatic ending.

Also it appears that with the addition of a Snow White character Merissa Meyer has indeed created her own Sailor Senshi team. I give the book four out of five starts.