The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy:
A Handbook for Girl Geeks
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.
I received a free review copy of this book via Netgally. I got it because I have a teenage fangirl & wanted to see if A) there were things in the book that would be useful for her, and B) if it’s something she would want to read. So, upon reading it, I feel like it’s more geared toward fan”women” than teens — or maybe I just don’t think some of the content is appropriate for MY teen. I felt like the book was divided into three main sections:
- A “Geek’s” Field Guide — This section defined the different areas of typical fandom, typical “fangirl speak”, and some good summaries of how to interact with other fangirls both online and via social media. I felt this as a parent was the most helpful section, because these are the sites that my teen would be frequenting, and it seemed like a pretty comprehensive resource to what’s ‘out there’.
- How to do a “ComicCon” – Also somewhat helpful – a section full of tips and tricks on surviving conventions.
- “Geek Girl Feminism” – my least favorite of the sections, and while I see where the author was coming from (ie: We want more positive female leading ladies in all fandom areas), I felt the point a bit belabored.
While overall it had some helpful sections, I felt it very candid and worldly in its approach to “fandom” – basically the approach that all is acceptable — especially when it comes to sexuality and gender, which is addressed several times in the book. While I understand that’s a big part of the “fandom” world — it’s not a big part of what my daughter or myself would be into, so I don’t know that I would suggest she read it mainly for this content and attitude.
Would I recommend this to fellow book lovers? It depends. If you’re a huge geek and are specifically interested in ways to connect with other geeks (online, at conventions, etc.) it’s a decent resource for an adult.
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter? Not really. I might share some of the information with her, but as per the last paragraph above, I would hesitate to have her just read it on her own.
3 of 5 stars