Disclaimer: I received a free advanced review copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley.
I was really excited about this title since I've been a geDisclaimer: I received a free advanced review copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley.
I was really excited about this title since I've been a geek before I even knew the word, and was active in fandom before the word was even coined. It was the days when the Internet was becoming a thing, when we still had to use dial-up to sign into our AOL accounts ("You've Got Mail!"), and my parents got a second line just so they could get and make phone calls. But I tripped into a listserve called Star Wars Chicks and found my people, never looking back.
So, when I came across a book with the title "The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy," I needed it, my precious. Only, I think it needs to be emphasized that this book was not for me. I've been in fandom for nearly two decades, and active. I wrote the fanfiction, went to the cons, did some half-assed cosplays, spent late nights on messageboards, etc. And I watched fandom change and evolve. It's no longer the back corners of the internet, and the fans the people that are derided for walking the streets of Atlanta wearing full Stormtrooper get-up at Dragon*Con time. Instead, it's now mainstream. The Avengers broke box-office records. The new Star Trek movies were cool and awesome. People are finding Doctor Who and Sherlock on their Netflix queues.
So, welcome, new fans! Welcome, a new generation of fangirls and geekgirls. This book is for you.
Because, fandom is different and that's awesome. It's bigger, more public, and more inclusive. But at the same time, it saddens me that a large portion of this book features how to deal with gatekeepers, trolls, misogynistic dickweasels, and the like. These people crawled out of the depths of fandom to spew their hate because suddenly girls are invading their boys' club (though newsflash, we were always here!).
As a primer to fandom life, Sam Maggs' guide is pretty thorough. It covers both internet-space to meatspace, and acknowledges the power of finding kindred spirits in those spaces. She lists some media to explore (including some new to me, so yay!) for those who want more books, movies, anime, etc. She covers some feminist geek speak and language, because there is a huge overlap between feminist culture and geek culture for geekgirls. And lists some key websites to peruse, both for info and for geeky swag.
I did worry while reading that the book would get dated very quickly. I've seen fandom change so much (not to mention the internet) in just the past few years that I can see this book being out-of-date after only a year or two. I would love to see new updated editions of this coming out every few years....more
Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher via LibraryThing's Early Reviewer Program.
I am not quite sure what I was expDisclaimer: I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher via LibraryThing's Early Reviewer Program.
I am not quite sure what I was expecting with this book, but I know it wasn't what the book actually was. It was an extremely quick read, and very dependent on your geek pop culture knowledge (which I discovered was lacking). It was fluffy though, and a bit less philosophical and more quick musings on the potential deeper meaning of certain lines from what the authors considered cult classics of geek culture.
Cute enough but I always find these sort of books unsatisfying, when what I really wanted was less a walk down the aisle of a candy store and more Tao of Pooh introspection. I do have a list of new books and movies to check out though....more