Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
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.
This story was so nerdy. I loved it! Rainbow Rowell is known for including nerd references in her books because she’s a self-professed nerd herself. But this story is 100% geeky.
Elena is camping out for the midnight showing of the newest Star Wars movie. She’s a HUGE Star Wars fan because of her dad. She’s seen pictures of when he camped out for the prequels 10 years before, so she has very high expectations of the experience. She’s imagining huge crowds, Star Wars costumes, finding her people, etc. The actual line includes only two other people. Troy has camped out for every Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back, and Gabe is a newbie like her.
I won’t say anymore because it’s a novella – only 62 pages, so there isn’t much to the story. But it will appeal to anyone who has loved anything passionately. It speaks to the heart of fandoms everywhere. I especially loved Gabe’s comments about nerd culture now being mainstream.
Find it. Read it. You’ll love it.