“The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy”
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.
This book is a very light guide to fandom and owning it as a female geek. It touches a lot of the basics of fandom from what ones are out there, the lingo, online etiquette, attending cons and how to meet other “geeks”. It’s filled with fun little graphics and is presented in various different sections making it easy to read straight through, or pick out what topics interest you and jump around.
It’s a great reference for merch sites, places to find people in real life within your fandom (found a local YA book club, will have to check it out!), or if you’re looking for a new show/book there are many suggestions (especially ones with strong female leads).
I liked the “girl power” aspect of it and the section on feminism. Although, I don’t necessarily feel that women are outnumbered in fandom as it seems like most fandoms have a female majority. I always just assumed subconsciously when I met someone on a Stargate forum that they were a girl. But she made some interesting points about how women are portrayed in TV/movies. She talks about the Bechdel Test where only 3 items are needed to pass:
1) Two named female characters…
2) who talk to each other…
3) about something other than a man
Of course that’s a little easier with the longevity of TV shows, but if you think about movies, not many will pass that which is shocking.
For me, “The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy” was a fun trip down memory lane to when I was very heavily into the Stargate fandom. I’d recommend this book to someone who is just starting off in the world of fandom or if you’re planning to attend your first convention. For those already immersed in the world of geekdom, most of this book would already be familiar to you, but a funny read nonetheless, and you might just catch a mini interview from some of your favourite women in the geek world.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.Read More