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Everything I Need I Get From You by Kaitlyn Tiffany - Review

Friday, July 22, 2022

 


I heard about this book on Tumblr, because it's about One Direction and I keep an eye on the fandom there. The book looks at the conspiracy theory that there is a hidden relationship between Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, and some of the people who believe in that conspiracy theory were annoyed that the light had been shone upon them, basically. Plus a couple of people that I talk to, who live in reality and blog against "Larries", were also in the book and were happy about it. So I was interested in it and ordered myself a copy. 

I will say that I don't think the book was entirely successful in what it set out to do. I doubt it will find much of a readership outside the fandom, because it does rely on you knowing a lot about One Direction and the fandom. I didn't think the author did very well at explaining some things, and I relied a lot on prior knowledge. I also thought that in places she was giving entirely too much ground to Larries and their conspiracy theorist beliefs, without making it clear that those ideas just aren't true.

But I did like some of the stuff about finding a place on the internet and finding a home in a fandom. It's something that I've had happen continually to me throughout my life, and something I'm very grateful for. I did like the cute look at some of the weirder parts of 1D fandom and how funny things go viral within fandoms. I just thought the book was a little confused in scope. 

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