I plan to read everything Ashley Poston ever writes. I adored The Princess and the Fangirl, though I love Geekerella a little bit more. I think that's just because Cinderella holds a special place in my heart. I used to watch the animated film every night before I went to sleep when I was younger.
This instalment of the Once Upon a Con series is inspired by the Prince and the Pauper tale and the way Ash has manipulated it to suit the series is so clever. We follow Imogen and Jess. Imogen is a fangirl of the Starfield show and film and Jess is the actress playing Princess Amara, the character set to be killed off in the next film. One of them is horrified by this thought and the other can't wait. In a strange turn of events, they end up switching places and see their world from the other person eyes.
One of my favourite thing about these books and I have a lot of favourite things about these books, is how Ash talks about all aspects of fandom the good, the bad and the very ugly. People get incredibly defensive when anything about their chosen fandom is critiqued, even rightly so but even scarier are the ones who lash out at other fans, the actors and anyone whom they feel do not 'fit'. It happens and it isn't nice, at all. The Princess and the Fangirl humanises the actors and reminds everyone that they are so much more than the character they play on screen. They have feelings and they get hurt. Jess receives nothing but abuse throughout the book for her portrayal of Princess Amara making her hatred of the role and fandom so justified but no one else sees that. Until Imogen ends up in her shoes. In reverse whilst pretending to be Imogen, Jess sees the love her character and by proxy her reprisal of the role receives.
There are characters that pop up periodically in this book that we met in the first and reading them in publication order whilst not strictly necessary definitely enhances the reading experience as you pick up on all the little easter eggs and cameos.