Revisiting a fandom with a modern twist with this short contemporary.
Genre: Y/A, Contemporary
No. of pages: 96
‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.
It was kismet the time I read this book – the day after I watched ‘The Force Awakens’… because the whole story takes place while the main characters are waiting in line for the cinematic opening for the sequel in the franchise.
I was a big Star Wars fan growing up – the films were a big part of my childhood, so I got just as excited as our Vietnamese protagonist Elena. Especially since I had only just watched the movie and was just about flipping my wig. I related to her excitement and enthusiasm. She is also a blogger and a little socially inept – it was like Elena was singing to my soul. Some of the discoveries she makes through this short story also mirror my experiences in life – I was a bit unobservant about the world around me, even in a small town. Rowell really hit the mark with her characterisation.
Gabe, her ‘line-mate’ also is a lot like how I was in junior high, quiet, and a computer nerd – even though the whole world is a nerd these days. Oh how times have changed… and how they haven’t. I found Gabe just as endearing as Elena. This whole book is just so cute.
This is a great contemporary short – it has everything I love about the genre and Rainbow Rowell’s writing. (It also helps that she’s tapped into my fav fandom of all time.) Complex characters with intricate backgrounds you get glimpses of, and a discovery of self, and the cast twisting everything into a different light by the completion of the story… with a promise of more.
You also get a strong feel of how this movie franchise draws generations together – the original trilogy and the new direction of current releases. It also highlights how lovers of this franchise show their support. In the past we did line up for hours (*cough* days) for a cinematic release, where nowadays it’s more present online. The physical (in-real-life) expression has diminished to themed parties and expo’s.
Definitely a book I’d recommend to everyone – even if it isn’t something you wouldn’t normally read. I mean, c’mon, it’s short, and might actually share something truly unique with you about one of the biggest pop culture events of the century.
Overall reaction: Totally geeked out!
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