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 was quite looking forward to this one. I always really enjoy reading new takes on how women interact with pop culture, and anything that will help younger women navigate often-treacherous waters is very okay with me. It can be a really scary world out there.
Unfortunately, this is not that book. Far from being the “ultimate handbook”, it’s a very superficial look at what it takes to be a “fangirl”, perpetuating the squeeing-teenage-girl stereotype the whole way through. It’s filled with so much gushing and net-speak that I found myself glossing over many sections, and while there’s some great advice on how to deal with trolls, there’s a lot of emphasis on having the right swag and going to the right events.
I did enjoy the interviews at the end, their content was a lot more in line with what I was expecting from the whole book. There’s also a nice section with recommendations and resources that many will find helpful.
Overall though, this was not worth the time, you’ll find better content scattered around the internet, if you take the time to look for it.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.