Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.
 
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.
 
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
 
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.
April 4, 2017  |  320 pages
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Grade: B+    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 100% Entertainment, 0% Literature
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Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
A kinda ingenious modernized Cinderella that incorporates tried-and-true fandom & romance tropes in ways that are recognizable but also refreshing, like a favorite lemonade. I liked: the fake Star Trek show, the protagonists having both individual & romantic arcs, the bff character. I disliked: the weak villain plots. I LOVED: the language about the often vital encouragement people get by inhabiting their favorite characters, if only for a few hours, through costumes & stories &tc.  (+1 vote)