Simon Snow is a teenaged boy who goes to a school for magic called Watford, where his roommate, Baz, is also one of his enemies. Then there is the Insidious Humdrum, or Humdrum for short, who is basically the biggest baddest bad guy out there at present and there is a supposed prophecy that implies that Simon is the Greatest Mage and thus destined to stop the Humdrum. Next is The Mage, who is the headmaster, Penny who is Simon’s best friend, and Agatha, who Simon has a slightly complicated girlfriend/ex-girlfriend/uncertain relationship with. The story carries on where Simon is a little preoccupied with Baz, his roommate, who, by the way, is also a vampire. I don’t even want to ruin how their relationship develops for future and potential readers. Because of what happened to Baz’s mom, he and Simon grow closer and their relationship changes from enemies to, well, not enemies; readers of Fangirl will already know how. In the end, of course, as with many such similar YA and fantasy novels, Simon is triumphant over evil and most of the good guys, presumably, go on to live happily ever after, which really isn’t ruining anything in the plot in my opinion. That’s just the way things typically go in these sorts of novels, even if some key characters die because only people like George R.R. Martin would potentially do something such as having the White Walkers win and destroy the world with an eternal winter.
One thing that I couldn’t help but draw parallels between Carry On and Harry Potter. It was kind of hard not too; Simon and Harry were both orphaned boys, raised outside of the magical world until the age of 11, introduced to magic, brought to a magical school where one of their classmates is their rival/nemesis, they have to fight (and defeat) a bigger bad guy, their best friend (or one of) is a brilliant top-of-the-class girl, and they tend to get into a lot of trouble that neither of them meant to get into. I don’t mean to make it sound like the stories are precisely the same because they’re not. I have just noticed that there are a number of parallels that I would associate with fanfiction, and then it is changed enough to still be it’s own original story, with it’s own love line and morals, climax and conclusion.
I was really excited about Carry On after someone in the Friends of the Apparating Book Club mentioned in a discussion that Rainbow Rowell would be making it into a book. I am so glad that it did not disappoint. It was very interesting, and I am very happy that the romance Rainbow included worked out because of reasons that I could make with a whole other blog post and because I like it when the characters end up being happy.
I would love to know what other people think about Carry On.