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The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks Hardcover – May 12, 2015
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“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
About the Author
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 Internet, to books, to national newspapers. She loves YA lit, Pacific Rim, BioWare games, Carol Danvers, and Jeff Goldblum.
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This book explores what it means to be a fangirl and what it means to be a feminist in a brilliant, easy-to-relate-to way. It celebrates geekdom and encourages you to embrace you fandoms and never, ever be ashamed of what you love.
This book is so amazing, I can't even. Everyone needs it in their life.
I really hesitated to buy this book because "I don't need a book to tell me how to be a geek" plus from what I understand there has been a lot of female bias about what it actually MEANS to be a female [lolol] but this read really gave me a self-esteem boost, some desperately needed coping skills, and I am also reminded that I am not alone in the geek community.
As for the book itself, it was so well constructed. The bits about the types of trolls, about not taking anyone's bullshit to heart all really hit me. I was just gleeful to own a copy and feel that support. A perfect gift for someone who doesn't get your fangirl-ness, really. I am thinking of gifting a copy to people who give me odd looks for my fangirl lifestyle, but that's what it is!
I also won a poster for preordering which is the cover and hangs on my door. I just fell in love with Sam and her truly great book.
It's quite loose and fun really.
The little animations here and there were enjoyable and the dialogue was amazing.
Even if you are a fangirl and know your ways (like me) should definitely check it out.
Not many of my friends are fangirls and it's super hard to explain everything (because explaining to non-fangirl friends is extremely hard) especially since they always ask questions. I found the antics for getting friends into this stuff seems pretty good so yeah.... its an amazing book and needs more love