I’m feeling really salty about some of the reviews for this book. I understand that everyone has their own opinions, and I respect that. 100%. But some of the things that people are saying about this are just plain incorrect. Let’s have a little rant. ps i might get a little patronising, so if you really didn’t like this book and don’t want to feel patronised. please avoid. i don’t mean to be rude nor am I serious about rethinking Goodreads friends. lots of love to all of you! oh, there also might be some minor spoilers, but nothing too bad.
☼ First off, this book is supposed to be read as dark, satirical humour. It isn’t meant to be taken seriously. The author isn’t saying that the kidnapping of one’s fave is something bound to happen in every fangirl’s life, nor is she saying that every fangirl is psychotic. This book is more about what could easily happen when someone gets pushed over the edge. It isn’t a badly written love letter to One Direction but rather a parody of fanfiction. The narrator of the book frequently alludes to this.
A definition of satire: the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
☼ In no shape or form does this book promote girl on girl hate. It talks about it, and it is present in the book, but all that it’s doing is drawing on real-life. Now, before you get all up in arms about this how you, as a fangirl, don’t hate on other girls – I’m going to remind you of something. Do you remember that time that Justin Beiber deactivated his Instagram because of all the sh*tty comments that his ‘fans’ were making about his new girl? Or lovely tweets like this: “If you touch my baby again I’ll come for you & shred you to pieces you f*****g s*******s! Yours sincerely,”. Oh hey! That was only this year .
☼ This book doesn’t support or encourage this kind of behaviour. At all. As I stressed in my first point, this is supposed to be a comedy. It’s supposed to be taking the mickey or pushing situations to the extremes. Not saying that this couldn’t happen, it totally could, but it’s very unlikely. Literally, nothing good comes from what they have done.
☼ “The band is totally a copy of One Direction.” Uh, yeah. That’s kind of the point. If you didn’t read the entire book through, a band called Six Stages of Grief (6SoG) becomes the new hit thing. Remind you of anyone? If you need a little help, they’re also “trying to bring back the whole emo/pop/punk thing.” Moldavsky is basically talking about Five Seconds of Summer (5SoS). Again, this is the point! If you want to understand why, please go back to the definition of satire that I wrote up there ^. I didn’t even write it, I got it from a dictionary.
☼ All of the band members are called Rupert, because they aren’t supposed to be different from one another. I believe this is an attempt to show how little people actually know about them. They have red hair, they can’t tell the time or they have really big muscles. But what do the girls actually know about them? Nothing really. It’s supposed to be a discussion about how these girls are spending their lives on people who don’t really exist.
I would like to end by pointing out that, while I did really enjoy this book, I didn’t give it five stars. I’m not a die hard fan. I just thought that some things needed to be cleared up a little. If you’ve read this far, thank you! I hope that I didn’t offend you but it was just annoying to see things so badly misenterpreted in some of the reviews.
Have you read this book? What did you think? If you haven’t, are you interested in reading it?