An active shooter at an Endless Roads fan convention sets off a chain of events that leaves the TV show’s stars wondering if they’ve gone to hell or just plain crazy.
Jacob Morgan and Maddy Flynn are used to facing off against fictional demons on their TV show Endless Roads but when the boys are suddenly faced with a real-life horror, they and their fans have trouble coping.
Jake deals by taking charge, visiting with the fans and paying hospital bills. Maddy internalizes, shutting himself off from the support system and struggling to get through the simplest tasks on set. The fans find solace on the Endless Roads fansite where they chat and post fiction and art.
But as the boys find themselves in one bad situation after another, a pattern begins to emerge. A pattern involving a powerful AI designed to monitor fan chatter and 1,000’s of words of fanfic all tagged with the word ‘angst’.
Are the fangirls controlling reality? Jake and Maddy need to figure it out before RPfic turns into Deathfic! – ending both their lives forever.
FanFic is all fun and games until someone gets hurt.
Do you ever read something where you can tell the author really knows what they're talking about? The author does an amazing job depicting the lives of both those working in TV production and those in fandom realistically. She doesn't shy away from discussing real issues with both groups either. I also think that her depictions of trauma and how people act and react under pressure and stress are very nuanced and well written.
Fanon is a fascinating take on what happens when the worlds of entertainment and fandom forcefully collide, and a beautiful tribute to any fans of angst out there. This book is exciting and remarkably engaging. It's a must read for anyone invested in the concept of fandom, fanfiction, and the tropes that exist therein.