In case it isn’t clear enough, I love fairy tale retellings.
And it’d been a while since I’d last read a Cinderella one!
You know why I, and so many people love retellings? Sometimes they can be even better than the source material. It’s an art to retain the magic but add your own spin on things, zero in on other concepts, appeal to other people, while practically saying the same thing.
So, Quirk Books presents, with the magic of Ashley Poston,Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Published by Quirk Books on April 4th 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Romance, Fashion & Beauty
Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale. Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first. Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
The Magic Pumpkin as the chimichangas pumpkin
Sage aka ‘The green-haired badass’ as bibidi babidi boo extraordinaire
Darien Freeman as wrong shade of blue Prince Carmindor
and Elle Wittimer as (guess what?) Geekerella!
You want reasons to read Geekerella? Here they go.
Our bibidi babidi boo extraordinaire is lesbian and awesome
Sage is a no-nonsense character that is balance for Elle’s sometimes doom-and-gloom attitude. I loved that she never hesitated in doing what she had to do to make good win!
Although there could have been more page time for this, I realize that it wasn’t the focus; but it was still nice to have it shown that stepmother’s hate wasn’t just because.
The synopsis got it right. This is part love letter to nerd culture. From cosplays, to conventions and living and breathing fandom… Darien and Elle consistently used jargon from their fandom in their daily lives, and even in their thoughts. The Starfield world is everything to them. And it’s something a lot of readers will be able to empathize with.
You should read Geekerella if
- You’re a nerd
- You love cosplay
- You like cute love stories
- You’re in the mood for some serious fluff
- You’ve read Cinder & Ella (Cinder & Ella will forever remain my favorite Cinderella retelling. So, if you’re not in the mood for so much fluff, but like the overall idea of the story, I strongly recommend you to read this one!)
What’s your favorite fandom?!