The Fangirl's Guide To The Galaxy: A Handbook For Girl Geeks

Hardcover | May 12, 2015

bySam Maggs

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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
• How to rock awesome cosplay
• How to write fanfic with feels
• How to defeat Internet trolls
• How to attend your first con

And more! Plus, insightful interviews with fangirl faves, like Jane Espenson, Erin Morgenstern, Kate Beaton, Ashley Eckstein, Laura Vandervoort, Beth Revis, Kate Leth, and many others.

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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 un...

Sam Maggs is a writer and televisioner, who – despite her MA in Victorian literature – mostly writes about geek culture and how it intersects with being a lady. Named “Awesome Geek Feminist of 2013,” Sam is an Associate Editor for The Mary Sue; talks pop culture on TV and movie screens; and her writing has appeared everywhere from the ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 7.29 × 5.26 × 0.81 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:Quirk BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:159474789X

ISBN - 13:9781594747892

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Customer Reviews of The Fangirl's Guide To The Galaxy: A Handbook For Girl Geeks


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fangirls Forever! Fandom and cons can be overwhelming for some girls, but Sam will guide you through it all and makes everyone feel welcome and included. This book is great for any geek gal - beginner or advanced!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GEEK GIRLS/WOMEN UNITE! Cute and useful book that helps and encourages girl geeks/fangirls to feel comfortable, proud, and safe in their fandom of choice. Also provides useful tips for newcomers to find their tribe.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun and quirky read. Change Matt Smith to Norman Reedus and that quote is honestly just one of the many funny and hilarious quotes that I can relate to within this book. I have recently seen a lot of people in the book community talking about this novel and when I stumbled across it on NetGalley, it was like it was calling my name and I just knew I had to request it. Right off the bat, this book begins with a list of some of the most popular fandoms in existence. Some that are relatively new and others that have been around for quite some time. I have now learned the proper names to distinguish the Game of Thrones television watchers from the A Song of Ice and Fire book readers (shout out to all of my Unsullied friends) as well as so many other creative names for various fandoms. This section was actually very insightful and gave me a taste for the humour and writing style that was to come throughout the rest of the book. What goes perfectly hand in hand with a list of popular fandoms? A list of popular fangirl internet lingo of course! From stanning to OTPs to head cannons and shipping, this list covers them all! It was hilarious to go through the list and recognize and read about the terms that I tend to use on a daily basis such as OTP (any #gallavich shippers out there?), but it was even better to learn about some terms that I had never even heard of before, such as stanning. How have I never come across that yet?! Once again, this section provided me with a lot more knowledge of the proper terms to use in terms of internet lingo. There are also a lot of mini-interviews with big name influential females such as bloggers, authors, television writers and producers, artists, actresses and so much more. It was cool to get a chance to view their personal insights on what it means to be a fangirl. This book offers so much more amazing information and content like the different online platforms to share our geekiness or how to deal with the different forms of online trolls. It provides very helpful information on how to prepare yourself for conventions and how to write your very own fanfiction. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy offers a lot of fantastic content that is both beneficial and extremely relatable. Even though this book is marketed towards an obvious female audience, I personally believe that even males can learn a lot from this book and it is definitely worth checking out. The illustrations throughout the book are great and add to the fun and humourous feel of the writing style. This is a great book to flip through. You definitely do not necessarily have to read it in order or in one sitting. It is something that you can flip through and read chunks at a time. This is definitely highly recommended for any female who enjoys her fandoms and embraces her inner geek.
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally for me The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy isn't you typical graphic novel. It is a weapon. It is a little handbook that includes everything a Geek Girl would need to know about the Geek World. From the fandoms available (Are you a Potterhead? Or a Startrekker?), to the best comic/anime/gaming cons available. You name it all. Sam Maggs (the author, duh) even gives us a description of everything, and anything we might need to learn about. She even teaches us how to properly prepare to a comic con! Tips included! This book was just absolutely fantastic, and I loved how Sam was able to fit everything that defines being a geek girl into this tiny 208 pages handbook. Really, from games, to ya books, to anime, Sam did not miss anything. Reading this book, it really reminded me how awesome it is to be a fangirl. Now, not only did the book have writing, but it also had DRAWINGS! As any graphic novel out there, this book had awesome and adorable graphics that seriously added to the humor of the narrator. I was able to relate to a lot of the things that were mentioned, and laughed a lot at the inside jokes only fans would understand. It was a great experience, talking and joking about what you love with someone who truly understands it. Only of course, I would be laughing with myself like a weirdo but who cares. I would totally recommend this to any fangirl out there! Keep in mind this is not a fiction (therefore no actual story with characters and whatnot), so it's not a book you might finish in one sit. It's a book that introduces you to the Geek world (if you're not already in it) and reminds us girls how awesome it is to be fangirls. I also really liked how this book mentioned feminism! It's so important for women and girls to feel equal and awesome and to understand that we are individuals who can rule the world! So pick this book up and let it remind you and show you how truly awesome you are!
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book for all geeks regardless of gender The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy is a great read that makes you laugh and leaves you feeling informed and empowered. The title leaves one to assume that the book is only geared towards women, but don't let it fool you. I believe men would also enjoy it as the book goes through various levels of geekery and include examples of fandoms that can appeal to anyone.
Date published: 2015-05-26

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Editorial Reviews

“If you or someone else in your life could do with an inclusive, funny, super smart, and sweet introduction to the world of female geeks, look no further.”—The Mary Sue“Short, thorough, wide-spread, funny, and varied—I wish I'd had this handbook when I first ventured into the fanzones!”—Tamora Pierce, author of The Song of the Lioness series   “Everyone could use tips on how to be a better and happier geek from this book. Maggs dishes out the best advice on cosplay, gaming, fan fiction, social media and even how to battle trolls. You'll start reading as student and leave a Jedi Master. May this book be with you always.”—Bonnie Burton, author of The Star Wars Craft Book and You Can Draw: Star Wars   “Part analysis and part celebration, this handbook thoroughly explores geekdom and the way women have made it their own. A must-have for anyone interested in fangirl culture."—Beth Revis, author of the New York Times bestselling Across the Universe series   “This FANtastic book embraces and encourages the growing number of women who are unleashing their glorious and gorgeous inner geeks.  It celebrates the nerdy girl in all of us. Such fun!”—Amanda Tapping, actress from Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis“Read it cover to cover, and then make sure you share it with all the young girl geeks you know.”—Brit + Co   “...this book could be invaluable.”—GeekMom   “Through and through, Maggs manages to talk about feminism, fangirling, cons, lingo, and the general idea that you should be yourself, and do that unapologetically, with a great deal of lightheartedness and fun.”—The Frisky   “For a woman trying to find her way in fandom, I think this book would be invaluable. But that’s not to say men can’t get something out of it as well.”—FreakSugar