Review: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

“I’m the Doctor, not a companion; Buffy, not Bella; nobody’s sidekick, love interest or token female.”

Sam Maggs

Fangirl_final_300dpiAdmittedly I don’t have much to say about this except have it on your shelf.

It’s pretty much what it says on the tin: a guide to fans and fandoms and generally Being a Person who Likes Things. What do I do at my first con? (The answer seems to be: try not to explode with excitement.) How do I respond to trolls? (With fire and vengeance. Not really.) What can I do if I am lonely in my geekishness? (Find some more geeks.)

Also: feminism.

It’s a fun little read, inclusive and welcoming and engaging, like a little piece of the internet printed and bound into a book. The one downside is that it’s very US-centred: the cons and resources listed are pretty much exclusively American, which is not very helpful to, well, anyone else in the world. Obviously this is not a particularly fair criticism, but it’s something to be aware of if you come across this outside the States.

Otherwise, it’s a well-presented, well laid out book which looks nice on your shelf. For fangirls and fanboys everywhere.

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