In Spoiler Alert, Marcus, star of the fictional hit TV show Gods of the Gates, deals with his frustration with the showrunners by secretly writing and posting fanfiction about his own character. He becomes close to another fanfiction writer, April, and though he wishes he could meet her in person, he can’t tell anyone about his online alter ego without destroying his career.
When April posts pictures of her latest cosplay on Twitter, gaining viral attention from fatphobic commenters, Marcus decides to ask her out on a date, unaware that she’s actually his online best friend. Their date goes well, but when he learns who she is, he doesn’t reveal his own secret identity—at first, because he’s afraid of losing his career; later, because he’s afraid of losing her.
This is a fun romance that will resonate with anyone who has ever been involved in internet fandom—there are especially obvious parallels between Gods of the Gates and Game of Thrones. It deals sensitively with body positivity, dyslexia, and toxic family dynamics while still remaining a lighthearted read.