The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy

A Handbook for Geek Girls

Book - 2015
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"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, including how to make nerdy friends, rock awesome cosplay, write fanfic with feels, defeat Internet trolls, and attend your first con. Plus, insightful interviews with fangirl faves, like Jane Espenson, Erin Morgenstern, Kate Beaton, Ashley Eckstein, Laura Vandervoort, Beth Revis, Kate Leth, and many others"--Adapted from distributor's description.
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, [2015]
ISBN: 9781594747892
159474789X
Characteristics: 207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm

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Written in a friendly, conversational style filled with anecdotes about geek culture, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is one part how-to guide and one part empowering manifesto for girl geeks.


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FindingJane Dec 17, 2016

The book every fan should have under his/her belt is here. Within these pages, you’ll learn everything from how to deal with cosplayers to being one yourself and where to go to find like-minded friends online. Ms. Maggs digs deep into her subject matter, exploring geek-speak, clothing options, the role of feminism and some of the many groups and subgroups (Are you a Potterhead or a Batgirl? An Unsullied or a Bookwalker? What the heck is an otaku?) available out there for the eager fangirl.

This book is immersive, absorbing, informative and just plain fun. It has cute illustrations and includes interviews from scriptwriters, authors, artists, actresses, web designers, et al.—and it’s all about the girls! Ms. Maggs adds that the advice given can be taken by boys, too (guys can be feminists so come on in, lads!) but the info is put forth primarily for women who have been eager to take their place center stage in the fan world.

If you’ve ever been the target of a smug mansplainer or misogynist who thinks gaming is strictly for boys or simply want to know where you can buy a T.A.R.D.I.S. dress, this book is what you’ve been waiting for and so much more.

AL_ANNA Aug 08, 2016

Yes, fangirl, this explains the fandoms of others for you and tells where to start if you want to try them out for yourself. Excellent, geek girl-friendly online resources list at the end.

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Apr 20, 2016

The Fangirl's guide to Galaxy was one of the best things I have read in a while. It was entertaining, and easy to read and understand. It organized information in a fun way, mostly in grouping such as glossaries, sets of tips, and lists. The book was interesting, catching and keeping my attention. It also covers most of all things fandom related, filling in missing bits and pieces you might not have known. Overall, it is a great book for a Fangirl, and I definitely recommend it.

forbesrachel Jun 20, 2015

A great, and inclusive, guide to being a geek girl! The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy explores all those things that the fangirl may experience, including: conventions, cosplay, and the internet. Maggs' tips are genuinely helpful, especially to those new to a fandom; her words are encouraging to those that are shy and introverted. With interviews from famous community members to back her up, she makes it clear that you should be proud of who you are and what you love. Probably the most important things she discusses are fandom etiquette, and feminism. "Don't become a troll" she cautions, also here are myths about feminism that are not true; even for the seasoned geek girl, these are words of wisdom to learn from. There are some excellent resources in here regarding merchandise, popular blogs, and irl (in real life) get-togethers. In other words, pick this book up, aside from it potentially being the only guide to girl geekdom, it is very well thought out. Terms get explained, many fun fandoms are explored, but most importantly it is a dose of positive reinforcement, and it's funny too.

LPL_MollyW Jun 20, 2015

A must read for any girl living the nerdy life or anyone trying to understand geek culture.

KateHillier May 16, 2015

A handbook for new or shy girl geeks or a fun thing to laugh over for us more seasoned or older girl geeks. I really enjoyed the little side interviews with various well known ladies like Kate Beaton, Kate Leth, Erin Morganstern, and a lot more all telling everyone reading the book that a fangirl is a) far from shameful and b) is really a joyous state to be in. Sure you can have problems with whatever is in your fandom but you can address that in constructive ways too. I was often made to feel embarrassed of myself and my interests and when I was a kid at school so I'm just overjoyed that this exists at all. Fangirls aren't sad or pathetic and it really is a lot of fun most of the time.

There's a how to for doing fandom on the internet, introductory feminism, and a very accessible language (in that it's internet speak that we're used to but is also defined for those who are not). It really is a great little book for the newcomer and I hope that some parts of the book maybe one day won't need to exist at all as the idea that loving something lots and engaging with it isn't shameful no matter your gender.

JCLAmyF Mar 05, 2015

Got a galley of this. It's by an associate editor of The Mary Sue. Fabulous so far!

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