I love everything about TV production and fandom, but I’ve had a terrible time finding books set in this world. When I was a romance writer, I was told to not even submit anything with an actor as the lead character. “People don’t want to read about actors. They want to read about doctors and cowboys and firemen.” Really? Not me!
In the past few years, I’ve seen a rise in TV shows that are based in that world, from Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, to SMASH to the short-lived Ship it on the CW. So I have hope that more books will follow.
To give the genre another push, I wrote my own book set in the world of fandom and TV. It’s called Fanon and you can learn more about that here.
Now on this page (the one you’re currently reading), I’ll be keeping a running list of fiction books dealing with fandom and / or the entertainment industry with links to my review. If you know of a book that belongs on the list, leave me a comment so I can check it out.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Being a fan is her life―and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. Now she’s on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Review: Coming Soon
Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2ITxGwj
Ship it by Britta Lundin
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 colorful 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?
Review: Coming Soon
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/39Xc9Pa