Thursday, April 2, 2015

Book Review: The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy
A Handbook for Girl Geeks

Sam Maggs

May 12, 2015
Quirk Books


Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

My Review: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Are you a fangirl? I am. I've been a fangirl of lots of different fandoms for years. If you are a new fangirl or even if you've been around the block a few times, this book is a great reference guide. Want to know where to meet other local fans? There's a section for that. Not sure where you fall in the fandoms- they're all explained.

Nervous about attending your first con? Or maybe you're a seasoned pro looking for some tips. You'll find lots of convention tips and ideas, including costumes. There's also a list of kickass female characters to dress as if you need some ideas. Confused by terms? They're here, including a nifty glossary.

I really loved the party ideas and the interviews with some influential fangirls. I found this guide rather empowering. Women can be trivialized and objectified in the fandom communities. There was some good advice for how to deal with online trolls and haters. If you are a fangirl or just fan-curious, I recommend picking up The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy.

Are you a fangirl? Check out this great Buzzfeed post!

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