The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is a non-fiction book written by Sam Maggs.  It is a great book for all geek girls and aspiring fangirls alike.  If you’re new to the fandom world, it gives you great ideas where to start, and if you’re more familiar with it like myself, it can open up your fandom world even more.  If you’re an expert?  Well, it’s still a very entertaining read.

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Fangirl's Guide To The GalaxyThe Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy was written by Sam Maggs and published in May of 2015.  It is the quintessential guide to being a fangirl.  The book starts out with an overview on what a fangirl is and a small sampling of the different fandoms out there.  The book tells you where you can go to let your geek flag fly and how to meet other awesome people.  There are interviews with awesome geek women who are in different industries and tons of resources for finding conventions and places on the internet for geek girls.

I have to admit that I sort of picked this book up on a whim.  I was ordering one of those adult colouring books that have been so popular lately and needed to spend a little extra for free shipping.  I had also seen this book on the shortlist at GoodReads for Best Humor book for 2015.  Since I was a fangirl myself, I decided to pick up a copy to give it a try.  I was not disappointed.

There are a total of four chapters.  Chapter one is the introduction to being a fangirl; what it is and how to go about being a fangirl.  Chapter two explores the online world of the fangirl and includes a handy little section on trolls.  Chapter three discusses the world of conventions; the different types and a brief overview of some of the most popular conventions in North America.

For some females who have been open about their geek girl status, it has been a hard road to travel.  There are a lot of geek guys out there who balk at the idea of a female being remotely interested in anything that they are.  Thankfully, there are just as many, if not more, willing to accept us into the fold.

The media doesn’t really help in matters like these.  A great example at the moment is The Big Bang Theory.  While we did get Bernadette and Amy as science geek girls, every single one of the ladies on that show tend to shy away from anything that is considered more for the guys like comic books and technology.  Every once and a while they will come up with a storyline for one episode where they discuss or get involved in something that tends to be “guys only”, but we never really see them involved with it again.  I suppose it could be fair to say that geek culture itself is just starting to emerge in media.  The Big Bang Theory was one of the first mainstream shows to have geeks as the protagonists/heroes.  However, geek girls should not be left behind just because geek culture is now gaining popularity.

And I’ve managed to get off topic, but I think that’s one of the great things about this book.  It really gives a look into what being a fangirl is all about and it gets you thinking.

Chapter Four, the final chapter, is dedicated entirely to geek girl feminism.  This is the feminism that is the belief that everyone, regardless of gender, deserves equal rights (not that women are better than men).  The chapter talks about what it means to be a feminist and great female characters.  It also talks about being critical of media’s portrayal of women, even if it’s a show that you like or was written by a woman.

At the end of each chapter are four interviews with women from various areas of the geek girl world.  Finally, at the very end of the book is a great list of various online resources for all fangirls alike.  At only 208 pages, this book a great quick read for any fangirl of any fandom.


The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy

Jennifer Lewis