The Best Books About Fictional Fandoms, According To 7 Authors Who Write Them

Many people argue that fandom as it exists today began in the late 1960s with Star Trek conventions that brought together "mega fans" who created an entire IRL community based on their favorite fictional universe. But the truth is that Trekkies were just one evolution of fandom, which has always existed in some form of another.

Sure, the first readers of Jane Austen novels weren't exactly waiting for cover reveals on bookish websites, or receiving swag bags in exchange for pre-orders, but they were still fans. And while live-tweeing and Tumblr gif-set making wasn't a thing in 1983, 105.9 million viewers still tuned in to watch the series finale of the television show M*A*S*H, which remains the most-watched finale of all-time.

These days, fandoms are such a pervasive part of everyday life, you even find fictional ones in books, TV shows, and movies. Young adult authors like Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks and many others have used their own novels to create and reclaim the idea of fandom as safe spaces for those who so often get left out of more traditional structures: women and gender diverse individuals, the LGBTQ+ community, those with mental and physical disabilities, and more.

For authors like Poston, Anna Priemeza and Francesca Zappia — all of whom have all written about fandom in one way or another — what fictional fandoms from other writer's books have made the biggest impact on them and and why? Keep reading below to find out which fictional movies, bands, and books are most worth becoming a fan of and what makes them so special:

'The Princess and the Fangirl' author Ashley Poston recommends 'The Wicked + The Divine' by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

Ashley Poston's new novel, The Princess and the Fangirl, and The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie are available now.

'Eliza and Her Monsters' author Francesca Zappia recommends 'Fangirl' by Rainbow Rowell

Francesca Zappia's novel Eliza and Her Monsters and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell are available now.

'The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love' author Sarvenaz Tash recommends 'Carry On' by Rainbow Rowell

Sarvenaz Tash's novel A Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell are available now.

'Grace & the Fever' author Zan Romanoff recommends 'Ship It' by Britta Lundin

Zan Romanoff's novel Grace & the Fever and Ship It by Britta Lundin are available now.

'Kat & Meg Conquer the World' author Anna Priemaza recommends 'The Pros of Cons' by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar & Michelle Schusterman

Anna Priemaza's novel Kat & Meg Conquer the World and The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar & Michelle Schusterman are available now.

'Analee In Real Life' author Janelle Milanes recommends 'Geekerella' by Ashley Poston

Janelle Milanes' novel Analee in Real Life and Geekerella by Ashley Poston are available now.

'Internet Famous' author Danika Stone recommends 'Queens of Geek' by Jen Wilde

Danika Stone's novel Internet Famous and Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde are available now.