I’ve always really loved the tale of The Prince and the Pauper, so it should come as no surprise that I was incredibly excited to get my hands on an early copy of The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston. I’ll admit that this level of nerdiness isn’t quite up my alley, but I have always been quite interested in going to a Comic Con and simply never had the opportunity. Regardless, I was exceedingly thrilled when I found out this book was getting published since I had, to my genuine surprise, fallen in love with Poston’s first novel, Geekerella. And, just as before with the other book in this series, I fell in love rather quickly. The Princess and the Fangirl was everything I wanted from a book that I had initially believed would be a guilty pleasure read and so much more.
Jessica Stone plays Princess Amara in the new film adapted from the much adored Starfield television show and the role seems to have torn apart her entire world. Despite wanting to be an actress, Jessica feels as though the fanbase hates her and wants nothing more to do with the franchise. In fact, she would much prefer to be taking on what she considers to be more serious rolls and hopes that the death of Amara in the first film sticks. Meanwhile, Imogen Lovelace has adored Starfield for ages and could not be more upset about the death of Amara. She even started an online petition to save the character in the upcoming sequel. When these two, very different girls meet and Imogen is mistaken for Jessica, it quickly becomes clear that they have a very strong resemblance to each other. And when Jessica’s script for the second Starfield film goes missing, she enlists Imogen to pose as her while she goes in search of the thief who is now leaking her script across the internet.
I loved this story for a lot of reasons, but I think one of the biggest comes from the small commentary on the poor treatment that Jessica Stone receives from the fans of the franchise for which she is providing entertainment. I think that a lot of fans seem to develop this idea that they are owed something from the content creators on account of the fact that they enjoy it and take out any frustration on the creators, an egregiously disgusting act that far too many people partake in. The fact that Jessica Stone had to deal with so much hatred from fans online is one of the most disgusting pieces of being a public figure in entertainment. And I’m eternally glad that there is a book out there discussing that.
As for the overall story, it was incredibly fun to read. The characters were amazing throughout, the story was interesting and quite realistic. I immediately became invested in the characters and what they were dealing with and I absolutely adored the LGBTQ representation. I think that fans of the first book in this series will love Jessica and Imogen and the people they’re surrounded with. The villain, while predictable, was interesting and fun to read about. I have to say that it has been wonderful to have the opportunity to return to the fantastic story world found in Geekerella and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for any further installments in this series!