The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is a book I’m, well, fangirling over (is that how you spell it?). Sam Maggs, the book’s author, is clearly an expert in the matter. Riddled throughout the entertaining and thorough book are one-page interviews with fangirl’s stories.
I love that Sam Maggs speaks in a language all of us geek-girls and boys speak. In The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy she addresses things like speech (“I can’t even”). It also 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. (One of my major fandom is Stargate but it’s not mentioned. Doesn’t mean it’s any less valid than a Trekkie.)
While she does focus on the positive parts of being a fangirl, she also addresses the unfortunate parts of being a fangirl in a boy’s world.
Unfortunately for us girl’s the internet doesn’t like us for…
- being a girl…
- a girl on existing on teh interwebs…
- simultaneously being a girl IRL and online… (The nerve!)
That being said,
I absolutely love that The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy validates our girl-geek-i-ness. Like 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. (NO, that does not mean we are posers.) It does NOT mean 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.
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.