The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is a book I’m, well, fangirling over (is that how you spell it?). The author, Sam Maggs, is clearly an expert in the matter. Riddled throughout the entertaining and thorough book are one-page interviews with professional fangirls (but, then again, aren’t we all profs at fangirling…yes, even you male fangirls).
I love that Sam Maggs speaks in a language all of us geek-girls and boys speak. She addresses things like speech (“I can’t even”) and provides a field guide for all types of fangirls–from Trekkies to Potterheads–and beyond. It doesn’t matter your fandom what matters is that it matters to you and it makes you happy. She isn’t able to brush on every fandom out there, being that there are so many. (For instance, one of my major fandom is Stargate but it’s not mentioned. Doesn’t mean it’s any less valid than Trekkies, which I am also a part of.)
While she does focus on the positive parts of being a fangirl, she also addresses the unfortunate parts of being a fangirl such as being a girl…. Being a girl on teh interwebs… Being a IRL and online. I absolutely love that she validates our geek-i-ness and the fact that it’s okay to dress in the slutty outfits the creators of all fandoms have forced us women in. Come on, if we’re going to be true to the character we’re going to show some skin and NO, that does not mean we are posers, that we’re just doing it for attention. We’re doing it because that’s the image we’re given and some of us (I) don’t care if we show skin.
I’ve never been to a convention, though it is my ultimate goal to be able to attend Book Expo America (BEA). Before I delve into how to survive conventions, it’s interesting to note that she provides a list of conventions for a lot of the popular fandoms (squee!). While, obviously, she couldn’t include everything, it was still super cool exploring what she was able to provide (Dragoncon, GeekGirlCon, YALLfest to name a few lesser-and more-well-known cons).
In the section titled, “Geronimo! How to Survive Conventions”, Sam Maggs outlines everything from a guide for “Flying (Han) Solo” (get it lolol get it) to hunting down tickets and the importance of following the con’s Twitter feeds.
I am so happy Sam Maggs wrote this book to validate girls and women all around the world and teh interwebs. We need some lovin’ among all the hate and personal, sexist, and woman-hating attacks. To Sam Maggs, I form a “V” with four fingers and an outward thumb and say, “Live long and prosper…and please write more books.” The end.
Thank you Quirk Books for sending me The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for GIRL GEEKS. It was my pleasure.