The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

Book Reviews

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: a Handbook for Girl Geeks
Sam Maggs
Releasing: 12th May, 2015
Quirk Books
Genre: Nonfiction
Age: Children, YA, NA, Adult
From: Giveaway by author on BookLikes


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. 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 for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

What I liked: This book has quite a bit of humor dosed into it, and is a really fun, light read. It talks about how to embrace and enjoy being a geek girl and how you don’t have to have certain credentials to enjoy different aspects of whatever you enjoy to be a true fan. The subjects covered within this story are varied, but all of them have to do with the different aspects of being a geek girl. There were even sections where authors questions about being a fangirl and what it meant to them, and it was awesome to see that. The book even talks about the different terminology that can commonly be found in every fandom, the ones that are found across the board just in case someone doesn’t know a term or doesn’t understand it (though it’s likely fangirls that have been exposed to the terms for a while do, and that’s okay because it was still a fun section to read!). I believe my favorite part of the book though was the section about how you can successfully combat the trolls you may face on the internet, it was both humorous and helpful all at the same time.

What I didn’t like: The book was focused on too wide of an audience, everything from children to adults, and it should have been narrowed down a lot more. Also, the section about the fandoms and the objects that one would carry is really outrageous. There are casual fans who at most will probably only have a button, a bag, or maybe just a tee shirt to express the love they have for a particular fandom. That doesn’t make them any less of a fan, because fandom specific objects can cost quite a bit of money alone. I know a friend of mine who bought a Sebastian (Black Butler) plushie at MTAC two years ago and it was $20 on the day she picked one up, and those plushies aren’t all that big or made of high expense material. Just cotton and felt with some other stuff to make it. The truth is the bigger the fandom it’s likely the more expensive the objects. I’ve been to an Artist Alley, and even the fan made stuff is expensive, and while I get they put a lot of time and effort into what they made sometimes it just seems a bit too expensive and even if I really want it I can’t afford it because most of the money I had saved up likely went to just getting/staying at a con. With that said, there was also the problem about how it’s not likely the readers lives near the cool nerdy stuff mentioned in another section. I could go on, but I’ll leave it there.

Overall Review: So while this book has some good qualities (and I mean good qualities like actually explain to you what feminism actually is and not what some people think it is based off the radicals) it did have its problems, like any book trying to cover this large and varied subject. Honestly I think the author should have made this a bigger, longer, and more extensive book than it really was so that it had a more inclusive feel. Alternatively, the author could have made this sort of like a nonfiction series about being a fangirl because there was so many things that she didn’t explore and characters who are (frankly) really awesome heroines that I was hoping to have included.

Recommend?: As a more of an introductory book than anything and especially with some of the content mentioned, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under the age of at least 15. It’s for those geek girls who haven’t quite accepted that they’re a fangirl I suppose, but even other, older fangirls should read this because it has some great stuff.

Goodreads: 4/5 Amazon: 4.4/5 Barnes&Noble: -/5 BookDepository: -/5

US Hardcover | Amazon UK | UK Hardcover | Kobo

My Rating: 3.8/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 4.3
Idea: 3.9
Story: 3.4

sam maggs

About the Author

Hi friends! I’m Sam Maggs, a writer, televisioner, and geek girl, hailing from the Kingdom of the North (Toronto). Despite my MA in Victorian literature, my writing focuses on geek culture and (sometimes) how it intersects with being a lady.

My first book, THE FANGIRL’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, a handbook for girl geeks, will be published by Quirk Books in May 2015. Named “Awesome Geek Feminist of 2013,” I’m also an Associate Editor for The Mary Sue; I talk pop culture on TV and Cineplex movie screens; and my writing has appeared everywhere from the Internet, to books, to national newspapers. I mostly love YA lit, Pacific Rim, BioWare games, Carol Danvers, and Jeff Goldblum


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