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Stranger Than Fanfiction (vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Chris Colfer (Tekijä)

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Cash Carter, the young, world-famous lead actor of the hit television show Wiz Kids, is a favorite of the tabloids and paparazzi, who take notice of his every move. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are shocked when he actually accepts their invitation. Getting a taste of the spotlight, this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of narrow escapes from photographers, not-so-glamorous mishaps, and surprise turns. But along the way they discover that the star they love isn't the picture-perfect person they've seen on TV. Cash Carter has secrets--big ones that no one else knows about--and they just might tear his image apart. A novel about the truth behind power, fame, and the meaning of friendship, on a hilarious, life-changing adventure across the States.--… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:autumnturner76
Teoksen nimi:Stranger Than Fanfiction
Kirjailijat:Chris Colfer (Tekijä)
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2017), 304 pages
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I’ve been a fan of Chris Colfer ever since I witnessed his performance on “Glee”, and I was excited when I heard he had become an author. I really enjoyed his first novel “Struck by Lightning”, and I started the “Land of Stories” series but have gotten waylaid by other books and keep meaning to go back and reread them. ⁣
I was hopeful for this new read from Chris and the description of 5 friends on a road trip meeting their favorite actor was appealing at first. Each character has different traits, and the really good thing about each is that they aren’t a cliche or caricature. The friends are devoted followers of a television show that has a cult following, and as a geek myself, I found the depictions of geek culture and fandom spot on. ⁣
The premise may seem contrived at first, but the way it is delivered is organic. Towards the end of the book though certain events happened to each character that felt contrived, and the big twist that happens at the end was something I anticipated coming and the delivery felt rushed and cliched. The epilogue was meant to be extra sweet for the characters but I felt it was forced and unbelievable. ⁣
I did enjoy the conversations the characters exchanged between themselves, especially regarding acceptance and the like. But overall I was disappointed by the ending and wishing there was a little more of the snarky tone that I also enjoyed in Chris’s first novel. If you are looking for a quick read with an uncomplicated plot, then you will like this book⁣ ( )
  brookiexlicious | May 9, 2021 |
I didn't realize the author was the actor from Glee (which I had watched several seasons of) until I looked at the author photo. Given the fact that I do own the first Land of Stories book... yeah, I'm oblivious and awful at celebrities.

That said, by the end of it, I really liked this book. But that wasn't always the case while reading it. The first few chapters where each of the characters were introduced were a bit tough to get through. The writing style was a bit stilted at times, and there were odd turns of phrases. Also, holy info dump, Batman! It was also a little annoying that it felt like the characters were diversity bingo. I'm all for diversity, but this seemed a bit forced instead of natural. But as I got to know the characters, that lessened since I grew to really like them. And it was obvious that despites their very different backgrounds, they had forged a friendship around their love of a show. Fandom, ain't it great?

But all the friends have a secret, and when Cash Carter, the star of their favorite TV show crashes their post-high-school road trip, all those secrets come bubbling to the surface. And Cash as a secret of his own...

In the end, I really appreciated that the book wasn't what I thought it would be. Yes, it was a book about trusting your friends and being who you are in the face of everybody else, but it was also really honest about the downfalls of fame and celebrity, and incredibly honest that the book ended the way it did.

I was surprised by how much I bonded with the characters, and loved the book, and didn't want it to end. I wanted to see how the characters continued to grow and evolve. ( )
  wisemetis | Dec 7, 2020 |
Meh. I think some of our teens might be into this one, but I only made it a little way into the story. It's not really interested in where the story is heading, and there's already been some alcohol/drug use so I probably wouldn't bring it to our 6th grade visits without a strong caveat anyway. I'm putting it down for now, and we'll see if I ever get back to it in the future.
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
Trigger Warnings: transphobia, homophobia, racism (all challenged), cancer, outing

It’s been… I don’t even know, two years? since I read this book, and I never really planned on reviewing it.

But oh my fucking god it pissed me off so bad.

Every time I think of this book, I get so worked up because it was SO. FUCKING. BAD.

So I’m going to review it, and hope that’ll let off some steam so I can finally get it off my mind.

It had a lot of components that make a good book – I don’t remember all too clearly, but it was fun, decently written, good characters, etc.

I loved the premise. And in theory I should have loved the book.

But let me tell you, this book had ISSUES.

I’m going to tag all my spoilers, but honestly? This book was problematic shit and I don’t recommend it at all this review makes much less sense without the spoilers, so make of that what you will.

Firstly… well… I hate to say this, because we all know this is what the bigots say when they really mean “I’m a dickhead who’s uncomfortable reading about anyone who’s not allocishet, white, male, and able-bodied”, but the fact is the diversity felt forced.
I hesitate to call it tokenism, because that to me implies “Oh look there’s a gay best friend! Diversity!”, and the main cast in this was very diverse.
It’s just that… it really did feel to me like it was being done with the aim of being ‘politically correct’, and not because the author actually cared.

(I could be wrong, the author could have cared very much, but that is how it read to me personally.)

All in all though, I could have accepted that, and still considered it a good book – if not for the ending.

The main conflict centres around one of the characters, Cash, outing two of the others.

Obviously, this can be done well – one of my favourite books has a very similar conflict.

But.

It was not handled well. At all.

It almost was. It’s very much portrayed as something completely out of bounds and not at all okay, which is how it should be portrayed.

And then. And then and then and then.

We find out that Cash is dying and was acting out because of that. And all of a sudden all is forgiven and they’re clustered around his death bed crying.

I'm not saying that in the situation forgiving him was necessarily wrong or unreasonable - I wouldn't have, but if put in that situation it is an understandable response.

However I do think putting these characters in this situation (especially without addressing it with a whole hell of a lot more nuance than it did) is harmful, and I don’t think the story should have been written this way.

Perhaps that isn’t quite how it goes. Perhaps there’s more internal conflict there. But either way, it’s the story of spoiled privileged allocishet white boy who, in a fit of pettiness, hurts the group of marginalized teens who idolized him, and is forgiven when he quite frankly shouldn’t have been, and I’m not here for that.

Whatever the reasoning, whatever shit Cash is dealing with, that was not okay, and the way it was portrayed was harmful.

Fuck this book. ( )
  irisssssssss | Jun 17, 2020 |
One definite way to know if I really like a book is if it's constantly on my mind, even when I'm not reading it--which is what happened with this one!

Likes:
- Complex relationships
- Complex human behavior is discussed, which was really interesting. Especially Cash's perspectives on the public; it made me think a lot about that topic.
- Diversity of each of the characters' lives--they all had different and similar problems/situations, and I loved reading about them all.
- I'm really happy about all the growth that happened with the characters.

Dislikes:
- This isn't exactly a dislike, because I wouldn't change this part if I was able to, but a certain section of the book was really sad. You'd know what I'm talking about if you read it.
- The ending felt too abrupt for me (what is with all these contemporaries and their abruptness?) I turned the last page, expecting to see more, but I was greeted by the author's note instead.
- Okay, I didn't exactly agree with some of the decisions that were made, but I can understand why they happened. I know that they're just mistakes, and that there are bigger, more important things in the book to consider. And those things are essentially what I put in my "Likes" section (see above).

Overall, I love the relationships between the characters, the complexity with all their lives, and the deepness of it all. It doesn't matter to me that some of the events are a bit unrealistic; it's the journey and the growing that is most important, which I really appreciate. It certainly left a lasting impression. ( )
  KendraJ. | Dec 10, 2019 |
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Cash Carter, the young, world-famous lead actor of the hit television show Wiz Kids, is a favorite of the tabloids and paparazzi, who take notice of his every move. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are shocked when he actually accepts their invitation. Getting a taste of the spotlight, this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of narrow escapes from photographers, not-so-glamorous mishaps, and surprise turns. But along the way they discover that the star they love isn't the picture-perfect person they've seen on TV. Cash Carter has secrets--big ones that no one else knows about--and they just might tear his image apart. A novel about the truth behind power, fame, and the meaning of friendship, on a hilarious, life-changing adventure across the States.--

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