So, a bookish niche that I absolutely love reading about are books with protagonists who are part of a fandom! Whether it’s books, video games, webcomics, and more, these stories usually have a very good understanding of things such as fangirl passion as well as anxiety and other more profound topics.
I picked out some of my favorite books in this niche as I absolutely love these titles! Without further ado, here are five of my favorite fandom books!
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is probably the first “geek” book I’ve read, but Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is one of those rare New Adult books.
Cath, a fanfiction writer for the popular book series, Simon Snow (aka Harry Potter), has to deal with her freshman year in college separated from her twin by different dorm houses and the growing gap between them from Cath’s social anxiety. Adding on a fiction-writing professor who despises fanfiction, her roommate Reagan and her roommate’s not-boyfriend Levi, and the stress over her dad’s first time home alone, Cath’s going to learn how to deal with all this and the ending of her beloved Simon Snow series.
I loved reading Fangirl! It was one of the earliest YA books I’ve read, and I think it’s such a cute novel. This is the book I’ve read the most times (at least 5) and it just gives me all the feel goods when reading it & obsessing with Cath over Simon Snow. I would definitely recommend it as well as the spinoff, Carry On, which is Simon’s story, hehe!
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Eliza’s webcomic, Monstrous Sea, is a worldwide phenomenon. Yet her life is a complete disaster. Her anonymous online presence LadyConstellation is far better than the one in the real world, according to Eliza. When Monstrous Sea‘s biggest fanfiction writer, Wallace Warland, transfers to her school, he begins to draw her out of her shell, despite not knowing her identity. He makes her wonder if a life offline is worthwhile, but when her secret identity is shared, everything starts to fall to pieces for Eliza and she’s not sure if she can put it all back together.
I read this novel a month or two ago and LOVED IT enough that I didn’t want to spoil my experience by thinking about writing a review for it. Because if I tried to write a coherent review, it would just be me raving over this novel in GIF format. Just sayin’.
Eliza and Her Monsters was a lot darker than Fangirl. I really liked the whole anonymous online presence + #EXPOSED thing going on in this book, and the much more serious anxiety she has as well as themes of depression and suicide make this novel very profound. I sped through this novel, procrastinating my homework so I could finish reading it. If you’re looking for a geeky novel with a lot of darker themes, this is the one I would recommend!
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Queens of Geek revolves around the story of friends Charlie and Taylor and their time at SupaCon (aka ComicCon). Charlie, a popular vlogger, is promoting her upcoming movie and proving she’s over her breakup with movie star Reese Ryan (possibly through adventures with a new love interest). Taylor is just there for the ride, trying to play it safe and enjoy her favorite fandom while managing her feelings for her best guy friend whose friendship she doesn’t want to ruin. Both Charlie and Taylor are going to learn about themselves and their relationships at SupaCon.
This is the LGBTQ+ pick of all the geeky books I’ve chosen! I love all the diverse representation (Charlie is bi) and this novel is very cute. It’s a super quick read and very feel-good, have fun at SupaCon sort of thing which is very nice for when you just want to unwind. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a fun time living vicariously through these characters at a convention!
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Geek-girl Elle Winters has to enter the Starfield inspired cosplay contest at ExcelsiCon. She’d be able to win a ticket to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball (and a meet-and-greet with some actor dude she doesn’t care about from the reboot movies). This is her ticket out from under her stepmother’s tight hold, a way for her to escape if she can scrap enough money together from tips from working at The Magic Pumpkin. Teen actor Darien Freeman has a nearly opposite reaction. Conventions have become a drag for him–jaw-aching photo sessions & awkward meet and greets. His dream has been to play Prince Carmindor, yet everyone’s already convinced that he’s just another heartthrob.
This is the super cute, fluffy geeky recommendation out of the batch. It’s the most cliché as it’s Cinderella inspired (that doesn’t mean it’s any worse, though!) and one of those novels that are just really fun to read. Unlike some other Cinderella stories, Poston does a fantastic job executing this novel so it’s unique, fun, and sweet. It’s top-notch writing paired with a fun twist on a tried-and-true cliché. I would recommend this for anyone who loves a dash of sweet romance!
Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza
Kat and Meg Conquer the World revolves around the story of Kat and Meg who meet each other through a science project and begin to build a friendship together. Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to people, while Meg’s ADHD keeps pushing people away. Yet, they’re both obsessed with the online gaming star, LumberLegs, and his videos. And that’s just the beginning of their friendship.
I definitely thought this was an awesome novel about friendship, geekdom, and mental health! I liked the juxtaposition between Kat and Meg and this was a great novel to read. I’m not a hardcore gamer, but I really enjoyed how Kat and Meg became friends & learned how to stay friends. This is a cute, feel good novel with more serious mental health issues woven in from time to time & I would definitely recommend!