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The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks (Book Review)

Author: Sam Maggs

Publisher: Quirk Books

Genre: Non-Fiction, Feminism, Humour, Pop Culture

Release Date: May 12 2015

Page Count: 208

Format: eBook ARC (sent by publisher for review via NetGalley)

ISBN: 9781594747892

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“Cons are like black holes for your wallet, what with collectibles and Artist Alley and I must have that photograph with Matt Smith here have every money I have.”

Change Matt Smith to Norman Reedus and that quote is honestly just one of the many funny and hilarious quotes that I can relate to within this book. I have recently seen a lot of people in the book community talking about this novel and when I stumbled across it on NetGalley, it was like it was calling my name and I just knew I had to request it.

Goodreads synopsis: 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.

Right off the bat, this book begins with a list of some of the most popular fandoms in existence. Some that are relatively new and others that have been around for quite some time. I have now learned the proper names to distinguish the Game of Thrones television watchers from the A Song of Ice and Fire book readers (shout out to all of my Unsullied friends) as well as so many other creative names for various fandoms. This section was actually very insightful and gave me a taste for the humour and writing style that was to come throughout the rest of the book.

What goes perfectly hand in hand with a list of popular fandoms? A list of popular fangirl internet lingo of course! From stanning to OTPs to head cannons and shipping, this list covers them all! It was hilarious to go through the list and recognize and read about the terms that I tend to use on a daily basis such as OTP (any #gallavich shippers out there?), but it was even better to learn about some terms that I had never even heard of before, such as stanning. How have I never come across that yet?! Once again, this section provided me with a lot more knowledge of the proper terms to use in terms of internet lingo.


That one time I decided I was Marty McFly.
That one time I decided I was Marty McFly.


There are also a lot of mini-interviews with big name influential females such as bloggers, authors, television writers and producers, artists, actresses and so much more. It was cool to get a chance to view their personal insights on what it means to be a fangirl.

This book offers so much more amazing information and content like the different online platforms to share our geekiness or how to deal with the different forms of online trolls. It provides very helpful information on how to prepare yourself for conventions and how to write your very own fanfiction. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy offers a lot of fantastic content that is both beneficial and extremely relatable. Even though this book is marketed towards an obvious female audience, I personally believe that even males can learn a lot from this book and it is definitely  worth checking out.


The craziness that can be Fan Expo Canada.
The craziness that can be Fan Expo Canada.


The illustrations throughout the book are great and add to the fun and humourous feel of the writing style.

This is a great book to flip through. You definitely do not necessarily have to read it in order or in one sitting. It is something that you can flip through and read chunks at a time. This is definitely highly recommended for any female who enjoys her fandoms and embraces her inner geek.

I hope you enjoyed some of those bonus photos! Go out there and embrace the awesome fangirl that you are!


In the middle of a Dixon sandwich and not complaining one bit.


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