This story would never be possible without fandom. And I would never have picked up a pen if not for fanfics. That was my community, where I grew up-in the midst of flaming reviews and shipping wars and OTPs and AU fics and headcanons and songfics and half-baked homages to My Immortal. In high school, when I was sad or felt helpless the comments and reviewers and friends I met in fandoms helped me realize that I was never as alone as I thought.

And yeah, there might not be real magic in this world, but there is the power of fandom-the power of passionate people who, when working together, can birth movies out of cancelled one-season sci-fi shows, resurrect fictional towns like Stars Hollow, and create endearing fan-musicals that will last far longer than its Muggle counterpart- and that kind of magic will never disappear.

So I want to thank you. You, the reader. You, who cosplays and writes fanfiction and draws fanart and runs a Fourm and collects Funko-Pops and must have hardcovers for all of your favourite book series and frames for your autographed posters. You, who boldly goes.

Never give up on your dreams, and never let anyone tell you that what you love is inconsequential or useless or a waste of time. Because if you love it? If that OTP or children’s card game or abridged series or YA book or animated series makes you happy?

That is never a waste of time. Because in the end we’re all just a bunch of weirdos standing in front of other weirdos, asking for their username.

So, as Carmindor always says: Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.

—  Ashley Poston (Acknowledgements for her novel Geekerella)

I just finished Geekerella by Ashley Poston and HOLY SHIT GUYS like please read this. Here are the reasons why:
-So it’s a retelling of Cinderella EXCEPT (wait for it)
-The ball is a dance that takes place at a con for one of the biggest fandoms in this books world (YES it features other fandoms and you will feel all of the fangirl/boy/pal feels)
-The pumpkin is a vegan food truck
-The fairy godmother is a BADASS lesbian who wants to a be fashion designer
-The mc (there are two but let’s focus on the girl) finds her only solace in a tv show fandom and is relatable as fuck
-One of the main characters is poc (THE PRINCE LIKE HELLO)
-It’s slowburn af in such a good way
-Secondary f/f relationship that is ADORABLE
-Yes I know Im not saying anything about the plot, just go into it blind. Trust me.
-An amazing love letter to nerd and fandom culture
-Will make your heart ache and sing at the same goddamn time
-Basically there are some huge cheeseball moments (that are lovely as opposed to painful and awkward) and everything else is PERFECT