Review: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy – Sam Maggs

the fangirl's guide to the galaxyFanfic, 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.

Rating: 3/5

This is a great introduction for those who are completely new to the concept of fandom – however, I was expecting something a little more in-depth for those of us who are slightly more experienced/aged/involved in what one might call fandom.

Nevertheless, like I mentioned, I would highly recommend this for newbie fangirls – it gives a good overview of everything from the lingo, to the main fandoms, to interacting with other fans, attending cons, dealing with trolls, feminism in fandom, common tropes, and criticism.

There are also some cute illustrations to accompany the text, as well as recommendations for books, games, shows, etc, and interviews with cool ladies in fandom.

ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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4 thoughts on “Review: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy – Sam Maggs

  1. I love the cover of this one, so I was rather tempted. It doesn’t really sound ideal for me, though, sadly. I’m not really much in fandom, but I suspect I already know enough it won’t be much help.


    1. As cute as the illustrations were, it was very much a basic overview. Like which social sites to use, how to get started, etc. I was hoping for something more in-depth re: feminism and fandom.


  2. Are you serious?! There’s a book about fandoms?! For some reason, this greatly, greatly amuses me. LOL! Fandoms can be so awesome because you can see the passion in these people and their mutual love for a common person/band/couple/…thing, but at the same time they can be so scary too especially when they’re rabid. I’ve literally seen fandoms go against each other on the internet (tumblr and twitter in particular) that there were violence outside the cyberspace O.O Apparently it happened in my country, too… and that embarrasses me a lot. LOL.

    Faye at The Social Potato


    1. Haha oh yes, the book goes into great detail about the different fandoms – the main ones, anyway – like Supernatural, Sherlockians, Whovians, YA lit people, Harry Potter, etc. I enjoy certain aspects of fandom, but definitely tend to lurk on the outskirts rather than outright participate!


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