Title: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks
Author: Sam Maggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication date: May 12th 2015
Buy at: BookDepository
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.
Where was this book when my fangirl life began? Or even before? Because wow, this would definitely have cleared up quite a few terms I didn’t know back in the day, and it surely would have made my teenage life easier.
Although it is hard to imagine that this book would be extremely helpful for hardcore fangirls – it’s more of a beginner’s guide to fangirling than anything else – it is certainly handy to elucidate many a parent on what their child is doing. The mini interviews with many prominent women in the “geeky business” would probably be extra helpful there.
Nonetheless, even if there is very little information here that cannot be found online, I did thoroughly enjoy The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy. Not just because I was introduced to geeky online shops that I did not know of (one more reason why I am now weeping for financial independence), but because this book celebrates geekiness to a maximum. It does not belittle being a fan, nor does it promote rudeness to non-geeks. Quite on the contrary. It celebrates difference in every form and shape. What’s more, there is a feminist facet to the book, conveyed both through the mini interviews mentioned above, and through a whole chapter reminding girls (and women) that we compose half the geek population and do not need to prove to anyone whether we did read the Captain America comics or not. One can never have too much reminding of it.
The only issue I have with this book isn’t a proper issue. There’s a chapter all about conventions, but… they’re all in the US. As the book was published there, it is no surprise. Nonetheless, I still wish there was some sort of worldwide “find your local convention” segment, or just some worldwide fangirling-ness. Without it, I don’t quite see how the book will be sold/sell well in other countries.
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy doesn’t offer a lot of new stuff, but its unabashed excitement of geekiness, of fangirling makes it worth a read. I, at least, grinned throughout most of the book. You don’t need to be caught up on all the fandoms, nor to know all about fangirl speak to like it. Maggs wrote the book in such a way that everyone can enjoy it, whether you are attempting to understand your friend’s geeky mind, a full-on fangirl, or a fan of old or obscure shows. There are references and general geekiness for everyone. Really, what more can you ask for?
The book in a quote
“Dream Your World. Be Your World. Flaunt Your World.”