I really liked Carry On.
Like, a lot. Enough to go and order my own copy before I'd even finished reading it. (And that totally doesn't have anything to do with the fact that Chapters had a promotion for 10x points going on this past weekend, noooo.)
(Mostly I just thought that I haven't bought books in a while, so why not?)
Let me first summarize the premise. In 2013 Rainbow Rowell wrote a book called Fangirl, which is about a fanfic author named Cath. Her fandom of choice is this Harry Potter-esque children's fantasy series about a guy called Simon Snow. Carry On is the defictionalized version of Cath's fanfic, and I know that sounds confusing, but I promise you don't need to know any of that to enjoy it. Just enjoy it for what it is: A magical, queer love story with ghosts and a mystery and some really funny things.
It's kind of ridiculous and utterly believable at the same time. I would call it a parody only it's not really meant in jest, it just uses very familiar tropes to tell a very different story. And that's okay. It kind of reminded me of the music video for Genghis Khan, taking cliches everyone knows (Chosen One, Secret Agent, Supervillain, Nemesis) to tell a story that's different, that doesn't end how you'd expect, that feels like it's for me.
Some other stuff:
★ There's a new class of wranglers joining up this month and the chairs have decided to pilot this mentoring program where a bunch of experienced wranglers (me included) help them out with questions and generally make them feel welcome. There's a special separate channel on Slack and everything. I think it's a super cute idea and I really wish this was around when I started!
★ Gotham had it's winter premiere today (also, since when is that a thing that shows are split in half over fall and winter, like school terms? I had to wait like three months, come on). Pretty solid episode, they did some interesting setup for what I'm guessing will be the theme for the rest of the season. Hope Penguin will be okay!
★ Looks like my friend already got the package I sent him on Thursday! Definitely didn't think it would take such a short time.