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The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks Hardcover – May 12 2015

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (May 12 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159474789X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594747892
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.1 x 18.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
“...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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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!
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“Cons are like black holes for your wallet, what with collectibles and Artist Alley and I must have that photograph with Matt Smith here have every money I have.”

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.
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If you're a young girl or a grown woman and have tried to navigate today's world of social media it can be a daunting place. You'd never call yourself a fangirl or a geek in public because you'd be scorned or called a fake. So, this little gem of a book is for all of us.

For the novice (or guy who wants to understand his girlfriend, wife or daughter) it explains what being a fangirl is and should be. For the new fangirl or the fangirl finally shouting out her geekiness to the world, it's a fantastic guide book to navigating this wonderful world - online, conventions, comics, cosplay, gaming - anything that you're passionate about!

If you already consider yourself a fangirl/geek and think this book is too simplistic or a waste of your time - I disagree! The book by it's very nature is full of great information and laugh out loud moments that should take you back to the beginnings of your own fangirl journey!

We should all have a copy of this one on our bookshelves!
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A fantastic overview to the so far secretive and rarely understood world of the fangirl! A great read for fangirls looking to seek out more of their own kind, and their family & friends who want to understand their life
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A wonderful human being with great advice for young girls (and women of all ages) that are part of the Geek culture.
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