Today I’m now a little over 100 pages into Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and it looks like some of the characters’ lives are starting to change and intertwine. I can see some very specific geometrical relationshapes (I’m not sure if I should groan or celebrate that word creation) forming, and they’re nervous-making but also exciting. I’m a huge fan of the dialogue. Currently trying to figure out if I should be more annoyed with Wren than I am.
So far the book has had a couple of effects on me. First, it’s made me reminisce for The Gilmore Girls, season four specifically. Second, it’s made me wonder about the existence of Harry Potter within Cath and Wren’s world. There’s only been one mention of HP so far (again, I’m only barely past 100 pages), and maybe it wouldn’t have stuck out to me if I hadn’t already thought about whether something that is so obviously the inspiration for Simon and Baz’s world could exist in this novel.
Lev Grossman's The Magicians was one of the reasons I wondered about this before I’d ever even opened Fangirl. Grossman’s book is a loving homage that exists within its own skin, but utilizes the bones of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia tales, and Grossman stated in a few interviews that he was positive the characters in Harry Potter would’ve read sci-fi or fantasy fiction, so to have his own characters mention Harry Potter - as they were enrolled in their own, really-real school for magic - seemed perfectly normal. Mentioning C.S. Lewis or Narnia, however, would go too far and pierce the fragile bubble of imagination he was creating; so in the world of Lev Grossman's The Magicians there is no C.S. Lewis or Narnia.
Not that the existence of Harry Potter within the world of Cath and Wren - and Simon and Baz - renders Fangirl unbelievable. Just something I wondered about, and definitely something I’m curious about. Not too curious, though. I’d much rather think about what point/edge of that geometrical relationshape Cath is going to move along.
Onward with the reading.