This is not a book review, but it is a reading recommendation nonetheless.
Does anything about this look familiar to you?
It is not just that the fandom is Armitage’s and the picture on the cover was supplied by yours truly. But this is actually an e-book that has just been released on Amazon, and I am happy – proud, even – to promote the feck out of it. Not because of that stunning, technically and artistically flawless cover illustration. (You *do* realise I am joking, right?) But because of the author. Abby Vegas.
Full disclosure: I know Abby. In fact I have met Abby in person twice. I even have hosted her in my house once. We both started in the Armitage fandom on tumblr at roughly the same time, sometime in 2012. And my heart immediately warmed to Abby when she called us “the crypt keepers” of the fandom on tumblr
where everyone was at least 20 years younger than us 😂. But by Jove, the crypt keepers can have fun, too, and we did. Oh those endless tumblr re-blogs… We moved our conversation from public blogs to bts e-mails, and discussed all those important things that fangirls have to investigate: from internal fandom affairs to the occasional “talking me down the ledge” cry for help. In all of this, Abby has always maintained a level head. She strikes the perfect balance between “arsing around with fellow fans” and “now, let’s keep this in perspective”. In any case, Abby is a multi-talented woman, and while still active on tumblr, she entertained the fandom with her unique and graphic story-telling – as in: illustrated stories. She also delved into long-form writing and published an Armitage-inspired novel three years ago. (Check it out! Clean Break has a protagonist who will seem familiar to you. Not just the way he is described in looks, but also in terms of his persona.) And now she has compiled a memoir on her time as an Armitage fangirl – see above.
In her own words – or rather: in her own blurb:
Ever feel like you’re fangirling a little too hard over a celebrity? You’re not alone. In this fast-paced, laugh-out-loud memoir, Abby Vegas dives head-first into the fandom of handsome British actor Richard Armitage (who starred in “The Hobbit,” “North & South,” and “Ocean’s 8”). It’s one crazy ride—but will she achieve her goal of meeting him face to face?
I haven’t yet read the book but I was a fan of her writing way back when, and I did read Clean Break when it was released in 2016. So I fully endorse and recommend it even without having read it yet. (I am planning to do so this weekend as I am travelling to London for a short break.) And if you are interested, check out Fangirling Armitagenow. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited and it comes with 125 pages of insider fun. A book about *us*, guys… And if you *do* read it, I am looking forward to hearing from you what you thought about it! For any questions, I am sure you can also tweet @ Abby @awkwardceleb.
Otherwise – my mum left this morning, and I am heading off to London to see Tom Hiddleston on stage in Betrayal tomorrow evening. I’ll stay with Hariclea for a bit and there are plans to meet up with ex/fellow fans Suzy and Unionah who also happen to be in London for the same reason. The rest of today is earmarked for getting some blog posts scheduled, but if I don’t – well, you know where I am and why 🙂