I absolutely love fairy tale reworkings, especially in the YA genre, and this one does not disappoint. A retelling of Cinderella, Geekerella reads like the Geek Girls Guide, with a true and complete understanding of the geek fandom lifestyle. Elle and Sage are the perfect team as they go on this adventure together, and the “evil” stepmom and twin stepsisters are fleshed out to not just be flat, mean people, but very nuanced in why they are the way they are. The love story between Elle and Darien builds beautifully and I loved how both characters fumble through it but ultimately prevail. The best part of the book however is how accurately Poston captures what these various fandoms mean to so many people. There were several times that my eyes filled with tears as Elle described how Starfield helps make her feel accepted and understood in the crazy world of being a teen girl. This book is a fun adventure and definitely one of of my favorite YA Books for 2017!
Intriguing story about a mother and son and the world of comics, sci fi and the con circuit. Val, an actress on a sci fi show comparable to the X Files, and her son Alex get to know some of the players of the comic book world on their cross country road trip from NY to LA, via various comic cons that Val is appearing at. Their experiences lead to an understanding of each other, an understanding of Val’s personal failures, and answers to Alex’s questions and his own story. A deep look inside the inner workings of the comic book world regarding its writers, artists and politics. A fun read for the sci fi/comic book geek.
Essays written on the continuing rise of feminists/feminism in geek culture. I have to agree with Ms. Hurley on most of her points. As someone who has been deeply involved in geek culture for well over 30 years now, I have see the genre become much more inclusive, but, like anything, it still has its weak areas. Female presences at cons around the nation is growing in leaps and bounds, but we still have to battle to be taken seriously in writing, creating, canon, and to be simply looked at as more than “green alien lady eye candy.” I would just like to remind geeks out there, that while moving forward is always the goal, we need to refrain from becoming the same bullies that made our lives miserable in the first place. We need to rise up to what makes us special and unique in all of our passions. We may never change the minds of the supposed “old guard” but there is a whole new generation of people who are ready to join us just the way we are.