Fanfiction, Fangirl, and Writers... What are you reading Wednesdays...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

What Are You Reading Wednesdays - Fangirl



What are your thoughts on fanfiction?

You know, where a super-fan of a fictional world, or character, or story, writes new stories inspired by the original?

Is it plagiarism?  Is it an art form?  Is it the kind of imitation that is flattering?

I will be honest, I have never thought much about ti.  I know the concept, and I know there are a ton of people who write that way... but it's one of those fine lines I just avoid.

The question is, when authors are inspired by a classic story, like Cinderella, when is it original and when is it fanfiction???  Just ponder that one this week...


What Are You Reading Wednesdays - Fangirl





Where This Idea Came From...

The idea is that each week all of us book bloggers can write a post where we talk about the book or books we are reading for the week - and yes if you are still reading the same book for a few weeks in a row that is totally fine.  Just be sure to include the answers to the five questions for What are you reading Wednesday in your post.  Then hop over to one of the host sites and share your link!

Of course, this will be even more fun if you leave the host a comment, and then jump around to another post or two, or five, and gush with them!

We cannot wait to see what you are reading.



What Are You Reading Wednesday - the nitty-gritty

Share the book/s you are reading with their author, maybe even the cover... and then answer these questions for at least one of them.
  1. Why did you decide to pick up this book - cover or content?
  2. Who is your favorite character so far, and why?
  3. Will you finish this one?
  4. Finish the sentence:  This book reminds me of... (other books, movies, TV shows...)
  5. What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down,...)

What are you reading Wednesday book blogger meme



Marissa's Current Reads

I've had a busy week... so not much has happened in the actual reading department....

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories 
  • The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso 
  • Mr Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
  • The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand


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 did you decide to pick up this book - cover or content?

Content... mostly because everyone and their sister has read this, or at least it feels that way in the bookish world, as this is a story for fans of stories...

Who is your favorite character so far, and why?

Levi... maybe because my son's name is Levi... I'm not all that far in to be honest.  So there has been a ton to go off of, but Levi seems like a real college guy who simply wants to help out. A Friend, not necessarily a boyfriend, or a love interest, but a friend who is a boy... And if that holds I'll be happy. 

Will you finish this one?

I will.  It's a fun story - I like Cath enough to keep reading.  I get her introverted nature, and can appreciate it, but I understand why some don't finish it, it's a slow moving plot, more of a true contemporary in the pace... 

Finish the sentence:  This book reminds me of... (other books, movies, TV shows...)

Bridget's Jones Diary.... sort of... it's got some humor, and is driven by a female character who is unsure of her goals in life, but she keeps on trying each day to do something... Oh and some of the writing style hints of The Nanny Diaries - the flow, the style... something...

What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down,...)

This is exactly the kind of pace and focus I expect in a YA contemporary, but no real love story... at least not yet.  It's more of a look into what life could be like for some random college girl's life... an introverted, writing, girl...




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So Rainbow Rowell is extremely popular for YA contemporary, and this is my first book of hers.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on YA contemporaries and/or Rainbow Rowel....


What Are You Reading Wednesdays - Fangirl











***Oh and a small note about the link up - please leave a bookish link.  I would love to hear about what you are currently reading. If you want to answer these five questions great!  If you'd rather just share about what you are reading, I'm up for that too.  If you have a question, feel free to ask it!***



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8 comments

  1. I reallly loved Fangirl when I read it! Mostly because I related so much to Cath as an introvert and her anxiety! I've read Fangirl and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell plus her short story in My True Love Gave to Me. Loved Fangirl and her short story. I absolutely hated Eleanor and Park. I'm not sure if it was Rainbow's writing I didn't like or because I went in blind when I picked up E&P right after reading Fangirl and I was definitely not expecting the dark subjects. I was expecting a cute contemporary. Also, I hope this comment posts. Every time I try to comment on your blog, my comment messes up and doesn't go through.

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    1. It posted! I hate this comment set up... but I haven't had the time to find a different option....

      I'm loving fangirl, but I get the feeling I might not love all of RR books... and yes I do appreciate the quirks/introverted/GAD perspective of Cath. It's a fun read

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  2. Ha, ironically, I just picked up Fangirl yesterday for a reread! :) I really enjoyed it the first time around, but I was a lot younger then, and I think I'll appreciate it more now. Plus I LOVE fan-fiction (reading and writing it), so I'll get more into that aspect of the story, too. Rainbow Rowell is definitely one of my favorite YA authors. Eleanor & Park has been a huge inspiration to me in my writing.

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    1. Love that! I have no idea why this too me so long to read. It's so fun and real. I have laughed more than I thought I would.

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  3. I didn't love Fangirl as much as I expected to (didn't hate it, either) but it did inspire me to pick up the spin off Carry On, and that's become one of my favourites

    I did my own What Are You Reading post this week, but I can't add the link :(

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    1. Aw i'm sorry! you must have stopped by a week late. There is a new one up every Wednesday, just jump over to the main page and the newest posts will be listed first!

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  4. Ahhhh!! I'm so excited you're reading this! Fangirl is one of my all time favorite books and I love Levi so much!

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    1. Levi was stickin adorable! I loved this book. Granted it was slow - exactly what I expected from a more contemporary style though

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