The Girl Gang bookclub read Fangirl this month by Rainbow Rowell. If you want to join in the conversation be sure to follow them over on twitter.
Q1: Firstly, the obvious, did you enjoy Fangirl? Briefly say why/why not!
I guess. It was relatable for portions, and charming in others, but over all it didn’t mess well with me, and was a bit of an unpleasant read.
Q2: People seem to either love or hate Cath! What did you think? Did you relate to her at all?
This was my first read by her. I wasn’t impressed at all. I thought the concept for her book was really interesting, but it was a bit…whinny? I’m not sure if that’s the right word. I was far more interested in what Wren was up to rather than Cather.
Q3: What did you think of the Simon Snow segments before each chapter? Have you/would you read Carry On (also by Rowell)?
I got really tired of them, really quickly. I understand the concept of why they are there. But it screamed Harry Potter to me, I don’t know if anyone else thought of that but getting hit over the head with it after a while got old.
Q4: What does being a fangirl, fandom and fanfiction mean to you? If anything?
Fangirl=geek. Simple. I don’t totally like that there is a pronoun attached to it, I don’t refer to myself as a Fangirl, simply a nerd or geek. Love different fandoms, but I don’t really get into fanfiction reading. I do however enjoy fanfiction art pieces.
Q5: Gripe time: what issues did you have with Fangirl? What didn’t you like/would you improve?
All of it? haha, just kidding. The biggest thing I would change is the Simon Snow stuff, less Harry Potter, more original thought. I would also give Cather some more friends, no one goes to college lives in dorm and has like three people to talk to. Maybe they don’t have to be friends, but acquaintances at least! Cather’s story was terribly depressing to me.
Q6: Were you satisfied with the ending? Or did you want more closure? Or just MORE?
I was glad it was finally over! It’s the only book I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell, and I don’t plan on reading any more of her work.