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The Princess and the Fangirl
A Geekerella Fairy Tale
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The Prince and the Pauper gets a Geekerella-style makeover in this witty and heartfelt novel for those who believe in the magic of fandom. Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible...
The Prince and the Pauper gets a Geekerella-style makeover in this witty and heartfelt novel for those who believe in the magic of fandom. Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible...
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  • The Prince and the Pauper gets a Geekerella-style makeover in this witty and heartfelt novel for those who believe in the magic of fandom.

    Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: to save her favorite Starfield character, Princess Amara, from being killed off. On the other hand, the actress who plays Amara wouldn't mind being axed. Jessica Stone doesn't even like being part of the Starfield franchise—and she's desperate to leave the intense scrutiny of fandom behind.

    Though Imogen and Jess have nothing in common, they do look strangely similar to one another—and a case of mistaken identity at ExcelsiCon sets off a chain of events that will change both of their lives. When the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, with all signs pointing to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. The deal: Imogen will play Jess at her signings and panels, and Jess will help Imogen's best friend run their booth.

    But as these "princesses" race to find the script leaker—in each other's shoes—they're up against more than they bargained for. From the darker side of fandom to unexpected crushes, Imogen and Jess must find a way to rescue themselves from their own expectations...and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.

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  • From the book Princess Amara is dead.
    In a perfect universe, I wouldn't care. My character dies a noble and brilliant death at the end of Starfield, when she rams her spaceship into the Black Nebula (which is more like a black hole, but whatever) to save her one true love, the dreamy Federation Prince Carmindor.
    In a perfect universe, I would've cashed my check and used Starfield as a springboard to more Oscar-worthy roles. Roles that mean something, roles that tell invaluable stories, that aren't me looking hot in a suffocating dress while running in heels.
    In a perfect universe, I would be happy.
    But this universe is not perfect and neither am I, although I've tried to be. I've tried so, so hard. And it all might be for nothing.
    Because today I made three unforgivable mistakes.
    The first one:
    During a presser (a presser is basically a marathon of filmed interviews with different media outlets back to back to back . . . I can usually endure them for hours, but these nerd ones are a different beast entirely. How I long for questions about Darien Freeman's new diet or my glittery pumps), held in a small room in a hotel, I accidentally let this slip:
    "I certainly hope Amara doesn't come back."
    Which, I know.
    Bad answer.
    The interviewer had been coming for blood for the past thirty minutes, poking and prodding at our airtight answers until something had to give, and the bright lights were giving me a headache.
    So of course it was me who slipped first.
    I wasn't paying attention. For hours Dare—Darien Freeman, my costar—had been entertaining the interviewers. He lived and breathed Starfield—he was a fanboy before he became Prince Carmindor, and that's stellar publicity. The world eats it up. It's adorable.
    What's decidedly less adorable is Princess Amara, poor dead Princess Amara, played by a girl who's never even seen the show.
    I don't make good press fodder.
    Or, at least, I didn't think I did.
    The interviewer's eyes widened behind her candy-apple-red glasses. She was petite and blond, stylish in a '60s pinup meets Revenge of the Nerds sort of way. "But thousands of fans would love to see you back! And your character, too. Have you heard of the #SaveAmara initiative?"
    I shook my head.
    Dare jumped at the chance to inform me. "Oh, it's a Twitter hashtag created to rally the fandom and save the princess from her fate."
    The interviewer nodded enthusiastically. "The user who created it claims that Amara deserved better, especially in this reboot. She deserved to live, not to be fridged for Prince Carmindor's character development."
    "Oh."
    It was all I could say.
    I curled my fingers tightly around the phone in my lap. It buzzed again. Another Instagram comment. Or Twitter. I wished it was neither.
    The interviewer went on. "Natalia Ford, the actress who originally played Amara, whose shoes you stepped into, has already voiced solidarity for the movement, pleasing a lot of older fans. She has also recently criticized your interpretation of Amara, saying that you don't embody the spirit of the character. Does that bother you?"
    For other people to not like you? The fandom to not like you? That's what she didn't say, but I saw it in her eyes. I was surprised, really, that it had taken this long for an interviewer to bring it up.
    I'm a girl in Hollywood, I wanted to tell her. I'm either too fat or too skinny or too pretty or not pretty enough. Nothing bothers me.
    But that would've been a lie, as evidenced by my...

About the Author-

  • Ashley Poston is the author of Geekerella (Quirk Books, 2017) and Heart of Iron(HarperCollins, 2018). Her fangirl heart has taken her everywhere from the houses of Hollywood screenwriters to the stages of music festivals to geeked-out conventions (in cosplay, of course). When she is not inventing new recipes with peanut butter, having passionate dance-offs with her cat, or geeking out all over the internet, she writes books. She lives in small-town South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well.

Reviews-

  • Kirkus

    February 1, 2019
    A celebrity wants to be somebody else and a fan just wants to be somebody in this The Prince and the Pauper-inspired sequel to Geekerella (2017).Having played Princess Amara in the movie reboot of cult sci-fi show Starfield, 19-year-old Jessica Stone is ready to move on to more serious roles. High schooler and self-proclaimed nobody Imogen Lovelace idolizes the independent space princess and is campaigning to #SaveAmara. When the look-alikes collide at the annual ExcelsiCon and switch places--a cinematic improbability acknowledged, then cheerfully exploited--each gains a new perspective on fandom. Jess revels in normality and hesitantly explores romance with Imogen's online friend, Harper Hart. Imogen relishes the limelight and spars and sparks with Jess' bodyguard, overly serious 17-year-old Ethan Tanaka. Interracial and same-sex relationships are central--Jess and Imogen are white, Harper is black and female, Ethan is Japanese-American, and Imogen has two moms and a gay brother--all befitting the inclusivity and gender-bending aspects of fandom, cosplay, and cons. Yet Poston (Heart of Iron, 2018, etc.) also ruthlessly dissects the dark side of science-fiction and fantasy pop culture: body-shaming, trolls, social media mobs, and sexual harassment. Sometimes, the best tales are the ones that transport audiences, not serious and philosophical but fun, light, and nerdy.Unabashedly nerdtastic. (Romance. 12-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    April 1, 2019

    Gr 8 Up-Jessica Stone hopes to leave her role as Starfield's Princess Amara behind and become a serious actor. Imogen Lovelace wants to be noticed and no longer live in her brother's shadow, so she plans to save Princess Amara from an untimely death. When these two strangers meet at ExcelsiCon and decide to switch places, it makes for a Con unlike any other. This fandom retelling of The Prince and the Pauper is a follow-up to Geekerella. Fans of the series will enjoy seeing how happily ever after turned out and meeting a new cast of diverse characters. Told in alternating perspectives between Jess and Imogen, the novel gives readers the opportunity to see how the characters' motives and self-concept evolve. A fun group of supporting characters and pop culture references galore will appeal to the inner fanperson in everyone. Several quotable passages will leave readers feeling empowered and swooning. VERDICT A fun addition to the Geekerella universe and an excellent addition to all romance collections, especially LGBTQ collections looking for books that focus more on the romance and less on coming out.-Ashley Leffel, Griffin Middle School, Frisco, TX

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Buzzfeed "This lighthearted, fun, LGBT YA book dives expertly into the world of fandoms and cons."
  • The Mary Sue "A geeky love story that readers will love."
  • BookRiot "Unabashedly fun, intoxicating read."
  • Kirkus "If you love fan culture, and love seeing it presented as how things should be, then definitely give this book a chance."
  • Booklist "This companion to Geekerella reimagines The Prince and the Pauper in the best way possible: at a con!"
  • School Library Journal "Unabashedly nerdtastic."
  • Foreword Reviews "A loving ode to cons, geek culture, the good and bad of fandoms, and making one's own happy ending."
  • Midwest Book Review "A fun addition to the Geekerella universe."
  • Sweety High "Poston does a wonderful job of painting fandoms and the passion behind them."
  • USA Today's Happy Ever After "High-spirited adventure, a glimpse into the pressures of the entertainment industry, and a funny-bone-tickling sense of humor make The Princess and the Fangirl memorable from cover to cover."

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