Ship It

Ship It

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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From Riverdale screenwriter Britta Lundin, Ship It is a funny, tender, and honest look at all the feels that come with being a fan. CLAIRE is a sixteen-year-old fangirl obsessed with the show Demon Heart . FOREST is an actor on Demon Heart who dreams of bigger roles. When the two meet at a local Comic-Con panel, it's a dream come true for Claire. Until the Q&A, that is, when Forest laughs off Claire's assertion that his character is gay. Claire is devastated. After all, every last word of her super-popular fanfic revolves around the romance between Forest's character and his male frenemy. She can't believe her hero turned out to be a closed-minded jerk. Forest is mostly confused that anyone would think his character is gay. Because he's not. Definitely not .
Unfortunately for Demon Heart , when the video of the disastrous Q&A goes viral, the producers have a PR nightmare on their hands. In order to help bolster their image within the LGBTQ+ community-as well as with their fans-they hire Claire to join the cast for the rest of their publicity tour. What ensues is a series of colorful Comic-Con clashes between the fans and the show that lead Forest to question his assumptions about sexuality and help Claire come out of her shell. But how far will Claire go to make her ship canon? To what lengths will Forest go to stop her and protect his career? And will Claire ever get the guts to make a move on Tess, the very cute, extremely cool fanartist she keeps running into?
Publisher: Los Angeles : Freeform Books, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781368003131
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Lundi
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 22 cm

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Claire LOVES the show 'Demon Heart' and always ships the two male characters Heart and Smokey, her ultimate non-cannon OTP. When she mentions that at a convention panel to Heart actor Forest, he freaks out, causing a huge media backlash. What to do? Bring Claire along as the cast goes from con... Read More »

Claire is determined to make her favorite ship, between two male characters, canon on their TV show. An opportunity to travel the cons with the cast seems like the perfect chance, but Claire has some figuring out to do herself, especially when it comes to fellow fangirl Tess.

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VaughanPLAlison May 14, 2018

While you may not agree with everything Claire does, if you have any kind of leaning towards being a fangirl you will LOVE this character. She, and by extension the author Britta Lundin, gets it, and articulates the love and the highs and lows and the community of being a fan. This is an engros... Read More »


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justkit42
Oct 15, 2018

A little didactic, but still good fun for all of the fangirls out there.

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EmilyBueckert
Oct 15, 2018

Very fun to read

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eileenlufkin
Sep 20, 2018

One of the reason I put this on my 'for later' shelf is this review for rivkat at dreamwidth: "Britta Lundin, Ship It: Many years ago now, a friend commented about the film Ginger Snaps that it felt directly addressed to her interests and concerns, and that this must be what many cis white guys felt all the time. Now I too am hailed by a mass market production that feels like it was made just for me (and the hundreds of thousands of fangirls just like me in this way). Claire, the primary narrator, is a passionate fan of the show Demon Heart, and specifically of SmokeHeart—Smokey and Heart, the demon hunter and titular demon and the only two recurring characters on the show. Forest, the other narrator, plays Smokey; he is basically Jensen Ackles (’s public persona) after libel review/serial number file-off. When Claire prompts an anti-SmokeHeart outburst from Forest on a con panel, the show promoters’ damage control includes taking Claire along on the rest of their con tour as they wait to see whether the show will be renewed. Now Claire’s got 440,000 followers and a mission to make SmokeHeart canon. Also, Claire met a really cute girl, but she’s not sure she’s attracted to girls, or to anyone really; her love interest is totally out and proud about being queer, but ashamed of her fandom and fanart.

Claire is a junior in high school, so she makes some dumb, dick moves, but she’s also the best of young activism—passionate, articulate, and willing to learn from her fuckups. Forest is only eight years older, and he’s got a different interior life but also some of the same questions about who he is and how people see him, and whether he can exercise any control over either. His journey learning about who his fans really are (girls; more importantly, people) and what he really wants from his acting might actually be more affecting to me because his insecurities are tangled up, professional and personal, in a more adult way. Both Claire and Forest screw up because they haven’t thought enough about others’ own interests and plans, and they’re both understandable and ultimately likeable people, as is almost everyone else in the story. The actors’ perspectives on people writing porn about them/the characters they play, and the industry pressures that fans don’t often think about, get clear airing, though the book comes down firmly on the “the story belongs to anyone who cares about it” side of things. "

JessicaGma Aug 31, 2018

This book is interesting as it does have LGBTQIA content but what i liked best was that although Claire was being asked to define herself, the reminder was she doesn't have to do that until she is ready. GOOD REMINDER!! It's a different take on fandoms where the folks involved in the fandom are also in the book, but lessons were learned, and characters grew. Also the inherent narrow view of Hollywood features as well - so perhaps not my favourite fandom book (Fangirl forever) BUT it has great elements which make it a good addition to the sub-genre!

VaughanPLAlison May 14, 2018

While you may not agree with everything Claire does, if you have any kind of leaning towards being a fangirl you will LOVE this character. She, and by extension the author Britta Lundin, gets it, and articulates the love and the highs and lows and the community of being a fan. This is an engrossing coming-of-age book with great plotting and great characters that sticks the landing. Read it and geek out!

JCLEmmaF Apr 09, 2018

I like this book on a couple levels. First, a book about the craziness of fandoms rang quite true. Then, the complexity of fan’s shipping a boy-boy relationship and all that implies, especially when the fandom is for a tv show with actors, rather than just a book where the people don’t exist beyond the page; there’s a personal and political lgbtq issue going on here. I also liked the way it dealt with celebrities, as most YA books with famous characters are so cheesy; This one was more interesting. Not my favorite book ever, but i’d still be willing to recommend this to a teen who likes fandoms.

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