THE FANGIRLS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY – Book Review
Are you a geek, but don’t feel as if you don’t understand the surrounding culture? Are you a closest-ed geek who wishes to express herself/himself, but doesn’t really know how? Maybe you just need some tips for future cosplays and conventions? Wanna brush up on your feminism? All of the above? If any of those questions apply to you, then The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy is the book for you!
Written by the always wonderful Sam Maggs, The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy is almost an actual guide to the galaxy. That is if you’re galaxy revolves around any and all things awesome. Cosplayers, convention goers, TV bingers, feminists, and everyone alike will find a special section dedicated strictly to them and their needs. Throughout the book, we go through, what I would call, various levels of geekdom. Attending a convention? Don’t worry! Sam has a whole chapter dedicated to helping you get to and from the convention center in one piece. (Also with a thirst to go back every year!) Like I said, Sam covers everything! I used to believe I was a well rounded geek, but after reading her book, I learned so much. Especially when it comes to fan fiction and certain terms people on the internet use. (I’m not that old, I swear!) Maybe you geek out over lots of things, or a certain subject, but don’t have many people around to word vomit your feelings too. The very first part of the book is a huge list of places to socialize, gather, and to find your people. It’s a brilliant structure that works beautifully. It doesn’t matter if your into thing A or thing B or all of the above, it’s all packed within. (Also there’s a very nice list at the end of all sorts of websites to keep you entertained once you’re done reading!)
Want to know the most wonderful part of The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy? It’s not only a handbook to help your geek lifestyle soar to new heights, it’s also a handbook to help you grow as a person. There’s a whole section dedicated to feminism which I learned from immensely. (Again, I learned some new terms. I’m not that old, okay?!) And not just tackling the very front surface of feminism, Sam goes deeper and tells us exactly what we should be considerate and think of when talking about certain subjects, whether that be race, gender, or sexuality. None of it feels as if she’s telling the reader “what to do”, it just feels like a (very) helpful suggestion. Sam has a way with words and lets the reader know that we are all geeks and that we don’t have to like the same thing, and that that doesn’t have to drive us apart, but in turn, will pull us together. Bonus: there’s all sorts of interviews with fellow geek girls dispersed throughout, that you’ll feel inspired to the max!
After finishing The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy, I couldn’t help but want more. This book is what we need and need more of. Inspiring, heartwarming, positive, charming, and all the nice things! I couldn’t recommend this book more. Basically: Go and preorder it now! I’ll wait…