#Riverdale writer Britta Lundin's YA novel debut is a heartfelt queer romance & a nuanced depiction of what happens when fandom and Hollywood collide. https://t.co/ZBGR0OSMSn pic.twitter.com/97vFG1OVVk— Den of Geek News! (@DenofGeekUS) May 1, 2018
For fandom olds / believers in a fourth wall the book summary is enough to give one pause and evoke Kill Bill sirens.
Claire is a sixteen-year-old fangirl obsessed with the show Demon Heart. Forest is an actor on Demon Heart who dreams of bigger roles. When the two meet at a local Comic-Con panel, it's a dream come true for Claire. Until the Q&A, that is, when Forest laughs off Claire's assertion that his character is gay. Claire is devastated. After all, every last word of her super-popular fanfic revolves around the romance between Forest's character and his male frenemy. She can't believe her hero turned out to be a closed-minded jerk. Forest is mostly confused that anyone would think his character is gay. Because he's not. Definitely not.
Unfortunately for Demon Heart, when the video of the disastrous Q&A goes viral, the producers have a PR nightmare on their hands. In order to help bolster their image within the LGBTQ+ community-as well as with their fans-they hire Claire to join the cast for the rest of their publicity tour. What ensues is a series of colourful Comic-Con clashes between the fans and the show that lead Forest to question his assumptions about sexuality and help Claire come out of her shell. But how far will Claire go to make her ship canon? To what lengths will Forest go to stop her and protect his career? And will Claire ever get the guts to make a move on Tess, the very cute, extremely cool fanartist she keeps running into?
Spoilers: My favorite review for comparison the Den of Geek review is a positive one.
Most would classify Claire's actions throughout the book as boundary breaching. What separates 5-star, 3-star and 1-star goodreads reviewers seems to be how offensive they find such boundary breaching that is epidemic in contemporary fandom.
Have you read the book? Did you like it? Is it possible it was improved after sending out advanced copies?
Sources: 1, 2