The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks

by Sam Maggs

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594747908
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 257,265
File size: 23 MB
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About the Author

Sam Maggs is a best-selling writer of books, comics, and video games. She’s a Senior Writer for Insomniac Games; the author of The Fangirl's Guide to the GalaxyWonder Women, and Girl Squads (Oct. 2018), all published by Quirk Books and distributed by Penguin Random House; a contributor to BioWare's highly-anticipated forthcoming game Anthem; and she’s written for comics like Star Trek and Jem & The Holograms. A Canadian in Los Angeles, she misses Coffee Crisp and bagged milk.

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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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That post made no sense whatsoever
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
I loved this. It was fun, it was cute, and so true. This was filled with actually useful information too. I think this is the perfect handy little guide for fangirls and girl geeks everywhere. This book was divided into sections, that explained what a fangirl is, what some of the different fandom are, and how to go about being your best fangirl self. While I will admit that I did skim the chapter on attending conventions and cons (because I don't really think ill ever go to one) I did enjoy this book tremendously. I loved how Maggs tried to include all the different fandoms, even though we all know there are SO many. I also liked how she provided links and information, so that the reader could actually follow up with some of these ideas instead of forgetting about it. I also liked how she wasn't afraid to tackle deeper subjects, such as feminism and the prejudice that girl geeks face in some communities. But mostly this book was about being the person you want to be, without caring what anyone else thinks, which I find such an important thing. And then finding like-minded fangirl friends to geek out with :) This book is a super fast read, but it was also full of information, and I thought it was cute and handy. And if you ever get a chance to see it without its dust jacket, you should because it is SO CUTE.
Michi8788 More than 1 year ago
Great book for geeky girls OR even guys who want to learn more about their fandom or other fandoms out there. Wish I had this book when I was learning about conventions!! The book is also great because it brings you up to date on places to meet others with your same interests, as well as websites to check, solid information on well known conventions, AND even how to be a geeky feminist! All in all a must read for those of any geeky fandom!
InLibrisVeritas More than 1 year ago
So I’ve seen some vitriol aimed towards this book, which was a bit disconcerting, and I did go into this expecting someone to be telling me what I should do and how to do it…and it to be very demanding and not what is advertised. That’s not the case guys, not at all. Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is a all access pass to the world we love, and none of the things mentioned in here (other than the do’s and don’ts of a convention) are written in such away that they truly tell you to do anything. It’s a guide, not a rule book. So sit back and enjoy it, and get excited about your fandoms all over again. Fangirl’s Guide goes over so much that I’m surprised they fit it all in one book. There are sections about fandoms, fanfiction, cosplay, conventions, events, and internet communities; along with little interviews with well known and well respected geeky women. It doesn’t go into to extreme detail about each fandom or tell you which fanfiction to read, but it does give you a nice bit of information to use and go on when exploring the geek universe. Never been to a convention? There is a section for that, it tells you what sort of things to expect and the basic decorum expected of you. It even includes a list of the major conventions for most geek types. Never cosplayed before? No problem, there is a section to help you feel at home with the idea and give you a few resources in the back for some great sites. Want help opening up and finding people in the real world who share your passion? There is some help with that too, including how you can host events and even gently push your passion on your non-fandom friends without being overbearing. This book is also unapologetically feminist. Now before some of your run away, it’s not the feminism that’s been generalized as militant and it doesn’t call for the head of every man ever. This is about being you and never taking less than you deserve, no matter who you are or what your gender is. In the back of the book it even gives you some great links and references for sites to check out from news to geeky clothing. And to top it off some fantastic recommendations for amazing women in media like Captain Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager or my personal favorite Lina Inverse from the anime Slayers! In short this book is about acceptance and loving who you are. Shout your geekiness from the rooftops and never ever let someone tell you that you’re not a geek. Never allow them to quiz you like you don’t belong. So if you’re a geek girl who has been stifling her passions, let it out, and if you’re a geek girl who is proud and loud of what she loves keep being awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think its a soldier