Review: The Fandom by Anna Day

The Fandom by Anna Day
Published by Chicken House
Released 4th January 2018
402 Pages
Paperback Edition

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands …

A fast-paced, genre-flipping YA fantasy adventure from a brand new author, writing in homage to the best YA fiction.


It’s no secret that I am a self confessed fangirl so when I found out about The Fandom I knew it was something that I needed to read. Anything about fan culture has me interested and I was looking forward to seeing how this debut author handled something dear to me.

Teenager Violet is obsessed with The Gallows Dance – a book turned into a mega movie. When her, her two friends Katie and Alice and her brother Nate are at Comic Con a freak accident catapults them into their favourite franchise. Accidentally killing the protagonist, Rose, Violet and her friends must find a way to put the plot back on track and ultimately get out and back into the real world.

First things first..this book certainly had an interesting concept. Who hasn’t dreamt about being placed into their favourite book/movie/tv show etc? So, you could say it brings these dreams to fruition. Throughout reading I was imagining what I would do if I was transported to the world of my favourite fandom. Granted, I probably wouldn’t survive but I’d definitely give it a good go!

The world building within The Fandom was a stand out feature. Even though the fictional world was within another story you could tell a lot of thought and research went into the world of The Gallows Dance. At times I forgot I was reading The Fandom and thought I was reading The Gallows Dance, it was honestly that believable. Another thing, you could certainly tell research had gone into the YA genre, as The Gallows Dance is your typical YA story. There were a few cliches in there but that’s one thing that made it so plausible. I also loved little easter eggs to real life YA fiction such as Divergent, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter – three franchises which I adore. 

Violet as a main character was one that I connected with straight away, this was mainly due to her love of a certain fandom something I can relate to. I also found her to be determined and almost heroic in a way. Despite this all happening in a fantasy she dives in and tries to embrace everything. Katie and Nate were also characters that I found delightful to read about. Katie you could say was the comic relief. I found myself laughing at almost every scene she was in. Her little sayings cracked me up and it brought a positive light to what was a dark story. Nate was just so sweet and took everything in his stride. You need a sidekick character like him in every book. Although I was slightly worried about how involved he got with Violet’s love life. A bit unrealistic but it wasn’t something that ruined the overall plot.

The Fandom overall was a really enjoyable read. The unique concept kept me hooked and the world building was fabulous. It was also great to have an original take on fan culture and the whole world of fandom. Anna Day is an author whose work I can’t wait to read more of.


Anna Day is an Author/single mum/Clinical psychologist/Geordie/ lover of stories, music and floaty things. The Fandom is her debut novel, published by Chicken House.

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