Are you a Fangirl? Do you want to learn how to become one? Do you want to get sucked into the vortex and find out why us nerds hardly ever surface to see the light of day? Then this book is the book for you. Advice ranging from how to survive your first con, to the strange internet language us fangirl’s speak in, and even an introduction to, advice on where to start, and tips to be the best fangirl feminist you can possibly be.
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs
Release Date: May 2015
Source: BookCon2016 – Bought
On My Shelf: Yes
This book caused me, as Sam Maggs (and any other fangirl) would say, so many squees!
I met Maggs at BookCon2016 this last summer, and she was just as wonderful as I knew she would be. And, she was also so nice! I actually made a bit of a fool of myself at her in-booth signing being confused about the book I bought and the ARC she was signing. It was obvious that I was getting both to everyone but me, who couldn’t quite wrap her exhausted brain around what was happening. (I must have been fangirling too much.) Anyway, Maggs was super nice and totally didn’t make me feel like the idiot I was coming across as.
That’s just one of the bajillion reasons why she is the best.
So, it was no surprise that I adored this book. Literally everything about it.
This is exactly what the title says, a guide to geekdom. I didn’t really know much about the book before actually getting around to reading it besides that it had been on my TBR since it had come out last year. Not knowing meant low expectations for the content (not to be confused with the person, of course!), so I was amazed by how much I enjoyed reading this book.
As someone who’s identified as a fangirl for years and knows her way around the nerdy bowels of the internet, I already knew much of the information in this book and how awesome it all is. That, however, did not take away from my enjoyment of the text at all. This book is all about being nice to each other and letting you geek flag fly unabashedly, which happens to basically be my motto, so it was soothing to read a book by an author that shares my core values and interests. If you, like me, have already delved into the crazy internet niches to proclaim your fandom pride, this book will not have a ton of new information for you, but it will be super enjoyable and fun to read.
However, if you find yourself searching for places to express your inner squees, then this book will be an incredible well of information. Everything from Tumblr. to cons and also including where to read and even publish your own fanfiction. Maggs tells it all. Or, well, at least what she can fit into the pages. If you’re looking for a place to start, this book is it.
Now, even though there are tons of invaluable tips and tricks in this book, keep in mind that nothing dates itself faster than technology (except maybe perhaps Dorian Gray), so some of the things in this book may already be heading out of geek style by the time you get around to reading it, but I so doubt this book will ever completely go out of style. Don’t let these thoughts or worries keep you from picking up this charming little book.
The last thing I want to praise (and the last section of the book) is a short introduction to feminism. Maggs breaks down the term so that anyone can understand the movement and why it’s not a bad thing to be. In fact, if you’re “one of us” chances are that you’re already a feminist, even if you don’t know it yet. This section even has suggestions from books to movies to games of where to start your magical feminist journey. I really enjoyed reading this last section, even though I already am a raging, fire-breathing feminist myself. (That’s right…Come at me bro!…actually, please don’t. I don’t tolerate negativity or meanness on my blog, so actually just accept it as fact and move along then.)
Anyway…that was way off topic. But not really.
What I’ve basically been trying to say this whole time is that this is a charming little book, a quick read, and a fun journey for anyone who has always been or wanted/s to be a part of nerd culture. If you need some validation that you’re “one of us” (which, I’ll tell you a little secret, if you want to be, you already are!) pick up Maggs’ book and start your journey to letting all things nerdy control you and your wallet.
Book Depository – $11.68