I didn't encounter a "she" with any connection or interest in sf until I was in college. She was gorgeous, really friendly - and dating the aforementioned too-cool film guy in the SF Society.
Yeah, I read novelizations of movies before Star Wars
(never actually read that one); what I remember was that it was breaking sales records for a paperback at the time - knocked Passages
off the number one spot on the racks for the first time in about a hundred years.
Unless I'm mistaken, the Star Wars
novelization was actually published by Ballantine a year or so before the movie opened - with a cover composed of several of Ralph McQuarrie's early character drawings of R2-D2, etc. Of course the sales didn't take off until the summer of 1977.
I looked around and here's the cover for the original publication of the novelization in 1976: