Author(s): Sam Maggs
This fun and feminist girl-power guide to the geek galaxy gives lady nerds the lowdown on everything from fanfic to cosplay to attending your first con. Fanfic, 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. The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. Author Sam Maggs brings some serious geek cred to guide readers through the in(ternets) and outs of geek culture, with tips, play-throughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild. With useful sidebars and never-before-seen interviews with geek girl icons like Felicia Day and Tamora Pierce, this book is loaded with interesting, unexpected and hard-to-find facts, all in the common language of nerdery. Best of all, the author takes a stand for geek girl empowerment, urging girls to let their freak flags fly and stand up for themselves when haters gonna hate, with chapters like Support ALL the Ladies! Why Feminism in the Nerd World is Key and The Fake Geek Girl is Here to Destroy Everything You Love-LOL JK She Doesn't Exist. The Fangirl's Handbook is, at its heart, a celebration-of obsessing over fictional characters, finding the tribe that shares your ships and feels, rooting on other ladies to kick butt and take names, and doing it all with pride.
This book is perfect for female, modern–day geeks and fangirls. The tips are useful and the book is a quick, easy read once you get stuck into it. There are profiles on types of fangirls (and how to become one), fangirl ‘slang’ and convention must–haves, plus a strong feminist message.
I love the messages that this book has. It explains how we are all unique and beautiful and have something to be proud of, whether we are video game addicts, fan fiction writers, or avid readers.
I read this book in one day. It’s so fun to read. There are interviews from producers of your fandoms. I guarantee that you will find at least one chapter you will love, almost as much as you love your fandom(s). The Guardian
SAM MAGGS is a writer, geek girl, and television professional whose work focuses on pop culture, geek culture, and (sometimes) how they intersect with concepts of gender. Her work has appeared across the Internet on sites like Geekosystem, The Mary Sue, Mashable, Gizmodo, and the front page of Digg, and she frequently appears as a pop culture correspondent on MTV Canada's Play With AJ and Space's InnerSpace. Sam is the 2013 recipient of Women Write About Comics' Awesome Geek Feminist of the Year Award, and she has been profiled by Tech Girls Canada as part of their Portraits of Strength series. She lives in Toronto.