I’m thrilled to be participating in the blog tour for Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw. This is a funny contemporary debut novel that tackles fanfiction, the challenges of real life, and what happens when the two become intertwined. If you need a book that will make you laugh out loud, Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here is a great one to pick up!
Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her weed-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.
When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. And if they ever find out what Scarlett truly thinks about them, she’ll be thrust into a situation far more dramatic than anything she’s ever seen on TV… (Goodreads)
Now, we’ve got a fun round of ‘Would You Rather’ with author Anna Breslaw:
WOULD YOU RATHER…
… write novels or fanfiction for the rest of your life?
… write fanfiction about anything you could ever dream of but no one ever knows it’s you or have your fanfiction go viral but not be able to write about whatever you want?
Write fanfiction about anything I could ever dream of but nobody knows it’s me. (Bridget Jones franchise, here I come.)
… your favorite show has 50 seasons but they get progressively worse or only 2 seasons that are incredible but ends with an abrupt/unfulfilling ending?
That’s so hard! To be honest, probably the first one.
… be famous online but invisible in real life or be (relatively) invisible online but have a lot of groupies IRL?
Famous online, invisible IRL.
… have your book turned into a bad movie adaptation or have no movie at all?
No movie at all. It would be so painful to watch if it was bad! Although a grillion dollars could ease the pain.
… re-read your favorite book whenever you want or only read new releases once?
Re-read my favorite book whenever I want.
… go to Hogwarts as a student or have been in all of the Harry Potter movies?
You’re kidding, right? GO TO HOGWARTS. And I’d never leave. Upon graduation, I’d become a Hufflepuff self-acceptance counselor.
… be an author and never read another book or read as many books as you’d like but never write again?
Read as many books as I’d like, but never write again.
I’m a New York-based freelance writer and author who mostly writes funny things, or things about women, or both at once.
Previously, I was a staff writer at Cosmo and a sex & relationships editor at Cosmopolitan.com. I’ve also been a contributing writer for Jezebel and Glamour.com. My writing’s appeared in print outlets like The New York Times, New York Magazine, Paper, and Glamour; and web outlets like The Cut, GQ.com, NewYorker.com, The New Inquiry and elsewhere. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here is my first book but I hope to write more.