Book review: “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell

Going into Fangirl was really easy for me. I have heard of it a lot of mixed opinions, so I guess I didn’t expect much from it. However, I had in mind an idea of what this book might be [since I am a Fangirl myself], and I thought I would give it a shot.

To be quite honest, it wasn’t what I expected at all. I thought that I would get to read more about a fangirl. Sure, Cath, the main character is a fangirl, but not a big one. But this is not my only problem with the book.

Obviously, this is fiction, so the book isn’t supposed to be necessarily close to reality. But a book about a Fangirl has to describe a Fangirl from a real point of view. We only got to see a ‘true’ fangirl at the end of the book when the characters attended a book release. Which was a huge let down for me.

Another major no-no from me was the anxiety. I have anxiety issues, but not on the level Cath does. She has a lot of anxiety issues which unfortunately transferred to me whilst reading.

Usually, my anxiety strikes when I am in new places, meeting new people or trying something new. But this book, gave me so much anxitey that I thought I would have a panic attack if I wouldn’t have taken a break from it.

And my last problem with the book was the ‘otp’ the character loved. Now, don’t get me wrong…I don’t care what she likes, but it wasn’t even a real fandom she was in. I mean “Simon Snow”? Who is that??? Apparently that ‘fandom’ was a darker version of Harry Potter.

Why didn’t the author use Harry Potter as Cath’s favorite books? My only guess is that she wanted to create a fictional world for her fictional character to read, which is great, but don’t make it like Harry Potter. I don’t think Rainbow Rowell couldn’t use  Harry Potter in her books because of copyright issues. I am sure they would have let her do that… it was just so bad!

I mean…here is a quote from the book:

Levi said. “It’s hard for me to get my head around. It’s like hearing that Harry Potter is gay.”

Why is she referencing Harry Potter after having based the entire book around a fictionalized version of Harry Potter known as Simon Snow? Why didn’t she write about Harry and Draco and had to create Simon and Baz? [that’s actually what she did but she just changed their appearance.]

The only things I liked about this book are the flow of the words and all the characters [besides Wren].

I cannot say anything bad about Rainbow Rowell’s writing style. Her words flow over the page very smoothly and it is really pleasant to read. Both her dialogues and descriptive parts were really well written and thus a quick read.

Also, she built her characters very well. I liked reading about each one of them, except Wren because she is a brat. I really appreciate that Cath didn’t forgive their mother, I don’t think I would have either.

I cannot give this book more than 3.5 stars. I really wish I could because I wanted it to be so good! I really liked the story itself, but it should have been called something else, not Fangirl, because it doesn’t show almost at all what a fangirl really is…and than if you add all the other issues I mentioned before, it really is impossible to like this.

Sorry if I offended anyone with this review…some of you might love this book, others might hate it, but this is just what I thought of it. So, please, be kind :D.

Until next time,

Lexi xoxo!

P.S. I am sorry for a month without posts. I was quite busy during the month of August, but I will try to get back on track.

-Currently readign: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

 

 

Amazing friends!!!

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Dear reader,

The goodness of people never ceases to amaze me. Yes, once again I have been gifted with something pretty amazing that I cannot thank enough for! And I can once again say that I have the best friends in the world.

When I finished high school a really good friend of mine, that I pretty much consider family, felt an inexplicable urge to send me a humongous gift card. What she sent me was overwhelming and unthinkable, and I cannot say I wasn’t surprised by it because I would be lying.

With that gift card I got the next 3 Harry Potter books I needed, now I need only two more and I have them all, yaaaayyyy. I am sooooo happy with the decision I made!!! It honestly is the best edition of Harry Potter that exists. I got books 3 to 5 and they are absolutely gorgeous.

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See what I’m talking about? They are absolutely marvelous, and I cannot wait to start reading them. (I am already half way through Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban and I can already say that it is better than the first two.)

I cannot thank Carol enough for her kindness. She is truly a one of a kind friend and I don’t know what I would do without her amazing advice or her great knowledge of the world. If I had to stick to three friends for the rest of my life, she would definitely be one of them!

Until next time, take care,
Lexi xoxoxo!!

 

 

The fandoms war & HP mania !

ghcUqI1391447616Right at the beginning of the month a very shocking interview came out and the entire Harry Potter fandom[1] went crazy!

According to the interview, J.K. Rowling said that she regrets marrying Hermione to Ron in the internationally known story. And of course, after hearing this “outrageous” piece of information the Romione[4] shippers[2] went nuts.

Firstly, I want to add the article so that you can see the exact words that were said by the famous writer:

 “I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment.* That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.

I know, I’m sorry. I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.

*(Rowling has often stated that the character of Hermione bears several personality traits in common with her creator.)

Apparently she wasn’t breaking Emma’s, who replied “I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.

And to twist the basilisk fang she just stabbed shippers in the collective heart with, Rowling added that as it is, Ron and Hermione would probably need relationship counseling. Wow. You hear that, Ginny Weasley? It wasn’t supposed to be you.

Or you could find a big part of the interview here.

A thing that is not included in the excerpt is that Rowling says that Hermione would have been a better match for Harry, than Ginny is.

Now, let’s get some things straight! The people who went all crazy about this have no right to be, because she is the author and she has every right of expressing her thoughts and opinions on her work.

And to those who have been saying really, really nasty things about her: If she hadn’t write the story, you wouldn’t have anything to fight about now…

Me, as a Dramione[3] shipper, I am happy about this piece of information because I share JKR’s and Emma’s opinion. And that is Ron not being able to make Hermione happy in their future together. And I know that there will come questions like: “Why? They are so perfect together!”..Well, I feel that Hermione’s witty personality, intelligence and just her general characteristics would make Ron unable to make her happy over the years.

Now, I am not saying that Ron is stupid and ugly for Hermione, no. I am only saying that Hermione’s type should be more like her regarding the personality traits and also the physical ones.

That was my honest opinion, and I hope that I won’t get much hate for expressing my opinion regarding this interview, and also these relationships between some very well known characters throughout the whole world.

I need to post the definition of some terms that I used. If you were interested and actually read this, than you know for sure these words, but there might be people that don’t know them.

  1. fandom=is a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of sympathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest.
  2. shipper=derived from the word relationship, is the belief that two people, fictional or non-fictional, would be interesting or believable (or are, or will be, or should be) in a romantic relationship.
  3. Dramione=Draco+Hermione
  4. Romione=Ron+Hermione

 

Until next time,keep safe and far from Romione shippers :)),

Lexi xxxxxx! 🙂