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: 9781594747892
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 597,759
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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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The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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