Genre Blind: When Sir Leo rejects Maddy, she never considers that his bizzarely out-of-character behavior might be the result of another person using his computer. This doesn't just mean his randomly rude and insulting attitude either. She fails to notice that he isn't speaking in the character of his alternate self, something the real Sir Leo constantly insisted on doing. In her defense though, she's a little busy being angry and heartbroken over it.
Love Interest: Maddy's online companion Sir Leo. He turns out to be a football player from her school, who was afraid of what his Jerk Jock friends would say if they found out he was a gamer.
Loves My Alter Ego: Maddy thinks Sir Leo would only be interested in her Fields of Fantasy counterpart.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Maddy, in a good mood, asks Emily to show her her dance routine. Emily knocks over a glass display and covers the living room with glass, upsetting her grandmother and angering her mother.
One Steve Limit: Averted. There's a girl named Sarah Silver playing Guinevere in Hannah Dustin's high school production of Camelot. Exactly one scene later another girl named Sarah shows an interest in manga.
Otaku: In addition to being a gaming fan, Maddy is a huge fan of manga and anime. She even starts a school club and at the end of the novel, enters one of her own creations in a publishing contest.
Shout Out: When Maddy starts her first day at her new school, she wonders where all the Edward Cullen worshipping Goth kids are. Also, when she tells Matt about Sir Leo, he says "Tell me what you know and I'll play Veronica Mars."
Teens Are Monsters: The Haters, with the exception of Chad. Their whole reason for treating Maddy like crap is because she's different.