Thank you to Quirk Books for providing a review copy of Fangirl’s Guide to the Universe!
As someone who definitely identifies as a fangirl, I was thrilled to receive a copy of Fangirl’s Guide to The Universe by Sam Maggs (who I am personally a big fan of – loved her work on the Fangirl Manga adaptation). It truly is a guide to a fangirls universe – it boasts guides about fangirl vocabulary, online forums, convention guides, and how to show your fandom colors in your day to day life.
From notable geek girl Sam Maggs, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Universe is the ultimate handbook for teens living the nerdy life.
Fandom, pop culture, feminism, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—there’s never been a better time to be a fangirl, or a better guide to navigate the wide universe of fandoms. This handbook is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes, including:
· How to make nerdy friends
· How to rock cosplay
· How to write fanfic with feels
· How to defeat internet trolls
· How to attend your first con
And more! Featuring wisdom from Sam and insightful interviews with fangirl faves like Danielle Paige, Rainbow Rowell, and Preeti Chhibber, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Universe highlights the joys of fandom community and offers a fun, feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. This refreshed edition updates The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy including new interviews.
Fangirl’s Guide to the Universe is a very wide reaching book – it covers a wide variety of fandom/fangirl topics and some really powerful and important general life topics. For example, the author did a really great piece on preparing for attending a fan convention – she wrote packing lists, tips for taking pictures and and getting autographs, but also about the importance of consent during cosplay.
This is the kind of book that I wish I had had when I was younger. I navigated fan culture through trial and error (a lot of errors) and having a guide like this would have definitely made me more confident in my online and in person nerdy interactions. This book emphasizes being yourself and respecting others above all else – but it also provides great tools for dealing with trolls and navigating the negative side of fan communities.
If you’re dipping your toes in fangirl culture or are a long term resident of online forums, Fangirl’s Guide to the Universe by Sam Maggs has a little something for everyone. I also think it would make a great gift for anyone starting to participate in fangirl spaces. 4/5