The Fangirl's Guide To The Galaxy: A Handbook For Girl Geeks by Sam MaggsThe Fangirl's Guide To The Galaxy: A Handbook For Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs

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

bySam Maggs

Hardcover | May 12, 2015

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This ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life is a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom.
Fandom, feminism, 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. 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.
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 ...
Title:The Fangirl's Guide To The Galaxy: A Handbook For Girl GeeksFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 7.3 × 5.3 × 0.8 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:Quirk BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:159474789X

ISBN - 13:9781594747892

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just for Fangirls! This is a really unique How-To Guide on navigating the geek world - from finding like-minded peers to prepping for cons. Recommend for any geek.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Much Fun This book is a really simple, carefree way to dip your toe into the world of girl geekdom. Just found a new series that you're gaga over? This book is for you. Want to go to your first con and don't know quite exactly how to navigate it? This book is for you. There's a lot of introductory stuff on fandoms, the internet, chat rooms, etc to help a budding geek girl have fun and stay safe while nerding out on her newly found loves.
Date published: 2017-07-10
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

Read from the Book

Introduction: One of Us! One of Us! I'm a fangirl.      More often than not, people hit me with that word in a derogatory way. They use it to make me feel devalued, unintelligent, and immature. And you know what? They couldn’t be more wrong.      Being a fangirl is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. My geekiness has made me friends all over the world, women who continue to be the most intelligent, well-spoken, and wonderful people I know. Fandom has given me a voice to advocate for the things I’m passionate about. And being a geek girl is constantly exciting—no one else gets more invested in the things they love. New video game? Freak out for months in advance over the cover art! Waiting for a new season of Sherlock? Create an endless number of GIFs to ease your pain! Angry about the way they posed Black Widow on that new poster? She-Hulk smash the patriarchy! What’s more, regardless of their particular fandom, geek girls are devoted to supporting women in media, constantly pushing an agenda of acceptance, diversity, and fair representation. Oh, and we manage to do all this while containing our squees. Mostly.      We know what we’re into, we love hard, and we’re okay with it. But we don’t have it easy.      Far too often, fangirls are made to feel marginalized and unwelcome in the nerd community. Women are ostracized from online gaming, called out as fake, accused of being desperate for attention, harassed while cosplaying, and, worst of all, forced into silence. Some dude nerds don’t like that we’re invading their space and have become obsessed with gatekeeping, deciding who “counts” as a real fan and who doesn’t. You’re not a true fan if you only like the Marvel movies; you can’t be in the anime community unless you speak fluent Japanese; you’re not allowed to dress up as Ms. Marvel unless you’ve read every Ms. Marvel comic, ever. I once had a comic-book-store employee refuse to help me unless I could name everyone who had ever been a member of the Avengers. Do you know how many superheroes that is? It’s a lot. Do you think he ever asked that of a guy in the shop? I’m gonna go with “nah, son,” because you know that never happened.      But you know what’s really crazy about all that? More and more, nerdy audiences are made up of literal Bat-tons of fangirls. (Because, spoiler alert: basically half of all fans of anything are ladies.) According to a 2014 survey by the Entertainment Software Association, female gamers age 18 and up make up 36% of the gaming population, compared to just 17% for boys age 17 and under, and in recent years over half the social media discussions at San Diego Comic-Con were generated from accounts run by geek girls. The Syfy channel gets huge ratings with women ages 18–34, thanks in part to lady-driven and LGBT-friendly shows like Lost Girl, Continuum, Bitten, and Haven. Women are becoming the driving force behind geek culture, and we shouldn’t be relegated to the sidelines.      Knowing that we could basically make our own army, bust down the elitist gatekeepers, and establish our own glorious kingdom (queendom?) of lady-nerds honestly makes me wonder why the hell we haven’t done that yet. We’re getting better at it—we’re taking up more and more space online, we’re fighting back against the trolls, and we’re refusing to be silent. Merriam-Webster even added “fangirl” to the dictionary. We’re fully legit now.       But despite all the articles online about being an awesome nerd-girl, the great feminist Tumblr posts about Sailor Moon, and bands like the Doubleclicks receiving worldwide attention, something was still missing: an actual printed book that says, “Being a geek girl is the best thing ever and here are all the ways you can do more nerdy things that are awesome and don’t ever apologize for it because you are the best person out there and I’m so proud of you and you’re beautiful.”      Until now. So here, ladies, is The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy. I hope in this book you can find some new ideas for your next Star Wars premiere party, figure out how to make your IRL bestie the newest member of SuperWhoLock, finally brave your first-ever convention in full cosplay, learn how to start an awesome blog devoted to your craziest ship, and develop the wittiest retort to anyone who ever dares accuse you of being a Fake Geek Girl.      And then you can get back to your Lord of the Rings marathon (extended edition, obviously). I promise.

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  “A handy handbook for being an empowering and happy girl geek.”—Sweety High“The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is a great homage to anything and everything fandom, especially for those new to the genre.”—Reading Eagle  “...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