Everybody is involved in a fandom, whether they refer to it as such or not. (After all, they might not consider it a traditional fandom, but there are no fans more intense than the fans of an American football team, down to cosplaying as the players.) But more traditional fandom experiences are usually based around a TV show or book, and since they influence how we act in real life, why shouldn’t they influence the characters in books we read?
Here’s a short list of five YA books whose characters and lives heavily involve their fandoms, whether it’s writing fanfiction or writing blog posts about the latest episodes.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Release date: July 3rd 2014
Cath and Wren are identical twins off to college, and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more. Cath is horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
Release date: February 23 2016
They didn’t mean to kidnap one of the members of The Ruperts, their favorite boy band. Sure, they’re superfans, but they’re not crazy. Okay, and yeah, they’re holding him hostage now, but it was a total accident. Really. They don’t need this stress so close to midterms.
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw
Release date: April 19th 2016
When Big Name Fan Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school.
Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release date: February 23rd 2016
Gena and Finn share a passion for Up Below, a buddy cop TV show with a cult fan following. Gena keeps a popular blog and writes fan fiction. Finn’s online life is a secret. The pair spark an unlikely online friendship and as their individual “real” lives begin to fall apart, they seek shelter online and with each other.
All the Feels by Danika Stone
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release date: June 7th 2015
The Starveil movies are Liv’s life. So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off, Liv launches an online campaign to bring her hero back to life. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, a trip to DragonCon with her best friend Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.
What YA books about fandoms did we forget? Sound off in the comments below!