If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels. Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.
Short but sweet, much as was to be expected. I don’t want to go into too much detail, since this is a short story, but it took a brief look at the collective belonging of fan culture and fandom, as well as poking fun at some of the associated gender stereotypes that permeate. And, of course, it’s a celebration of generations of Star Wards fans, both old and new. Finally, I adore the author’s sense of humour, so I’ve included a couple of quotes that made me chortle.
“Is this the first time you’ve peed around another human being?”
“Around a guy,” she shouted, “yes!”
“I didn’t ask for this!” Gabe shouted back.
“I’ve yet to determine whether you’re a fake geek boy,” she said.
“Come on, Elena,” Troy said. “We’re hoping you’ll get coffee again.”
“Because I’m a woman?”
“No. Because you probably have to pee,” Gabe said.
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