Geekerella by Ashley Poston
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Elle and her father used to fan over the show Starfield. Her father even helped create ExcelsiCon, a convention for Starfield fans. After his death, the show helped Elle feel connected to her father. It was also an escape from her stepmother and stepsisters’ spiteful behaviors. When she finds out Starfield is being rebooted, things couldn’t be better. Until she finds out Darien Freeman is going to play Prince Carmindor. But despite her doubts, Elle is determined to go to ExcelsiCon this year and enter the Starfield Cosplay contest.
Darien might be famous, but deep down he is a geek at heart. But the life of a celebrity doesn’t allow him to go to cons without paparazzi and fangirls tailing him. When he has the chance to play Prince Carmindor in the Starfield reboot, he couldn’t be happier. But the fandom doesn’t think he is fit for the role. As rumors and gossip surround him, he begins to doubt himself and who he has become. But then he is roped into going to ExcelsiCon by his manager. And while he doesn’t want to face the mass of teenage fans, he’s going to find something else worthwhile at the con.
I felt for Elle. Every time she tried to get ahead, or choose her own path, her stepmother or stepsisters were in her way. Of course, this goes hand in hand with being a retelling of Cinderella. But it also showed how having a fandom to fall back on can keep a person motivated despite life’s hiccups. The Starfield fandom allowed Elle to share something with hundreds of others who understood her love for the show and helped her feel less alone.
Darien’s story showed a different side to fandom that I never considered. And while the celebrity angle wasn’t as interesting for me, I still appreciated seeing the struggle someone who is a geek may have living in the spotlight. Similar to Elle, the Starfield fandom helped Darien overcome life’s barriers.
Looking for a quick feel-good read that is filled with geekiness? Then Geekerella is the book for you! In this wonderful retelling of Cinderella, the princess is from the show Starfield, the magic pumpkin is a vegan food truck and the ball is the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball. This book spoke to my inner geek! I loved every cheesy line the characters dropped and relived the excitement of conventions through Elle’s eyes. I look forward to more geeky retellings from Ashley Poston.
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