Title: Live Action Role Play
Author: Jason James Alan Green
Live Action Role Play (LARP) is a fun, clean, and amusing fictional game literature novel on the hobby of live action role play (larp). Both LARP and larp include cosplay (dressing up as a character), playing out scenarios in fantasy adventures, lore, quests, fantasy art, friendship/teamwork, magic, love interests, strategy, and gaming.
LARP is told from the point of view of Astra, who is a quirky but sweet and fun-loving girl. Astra quickly becomes best friends with Plusha, who is competitive at games and a bit of a tom-boy, but also sweet and caring. Astra and Plusha meet Gregorix and Quartex at a singles mixer. Gregorix is a chivalric knight-errant type of guy, and Quartex is a bit of an odd-ball with quirky habits, but is quite knowledgeable about the larping world since he works at “Bill’s Board Games and Books.”
Astra and Plusha soon realize that to form a meaningful real relationship with Quartex and Gregorix, Astra and Plusha must go in to the fantasy larp world and pull out Gregorix and Quartex into the real world. Plusha realizes it first when she says: “… they are playing two games at once. There’s the real life larp, and then there’s the fantasy larp.” However, in their attempts to win over the guys as love interests, the lines blur between real and fantasy. Perhaps Astra characterizes the whole situation best when she casts the spell: “Blur Dangit!”
The action culminates in a trip to Cen Gon (no, not Gen Con!), the premier yearly four-day board gaming venue. At one point Astra says: “I felt like a kid at a candy store, but the store owner was in the contest too!”
Oh… about the cover image. Magic spells in LARP can be reversed by spelling them backwards (see below!). There really is a lot going on, but no larping experience is needed to enjoy this book!
This story begins with the characters meeting at a singles mixer. While Gregorix and Quartex are already into Larping, Astra and Plusha are not. Since they are interested in better getting to know the males, they do their part to learn the hobby. From there, friendships and romance bloom.
This was an easy read. The narrative flowed smoothly, and the dialogue made the characters feel real and easy to relate to. It emphasized the beautiful feeling of new friendship and what it’s like to get lost inside the realms of a new hobby. I think my favorite character had to be Astra though really, each of the characters in this story were likeable in their own way. Plusha was a close second favorite.
It was a fun read. A story that made me think of myself and my friends in high school. This story is a contemporary/drama piece with just a hint of romance. If you’re looking for a light sweet piece with easy humor, this is for you.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.