A fangirl’s guide to … well, everything

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“A Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Geek Girls,” by Sam Maggs. Copyright 2015, Quirk Books (208 pages, $11.50)

 Reviewed by Catherine Wiggins
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thettimesnews.com

   Have you ever wanted a book that describes what it’s like to be a fangirl? Well, “A Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Geek Girls” is the book for you and your fandom-obsessed friends.
“A Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Geek Girls” breaks down what cons, fandoms, fanfiction, cosplay and anything else that a new (or old) fangirl (or fanboy) might need for future reference.
Author Sam Maggs writes about her experiences of being a fangirl, how to deal with Internet bullying, the history of fangirls, feminism in geek culture, how girls can be empowered by geek culture, tips for fangirls, and more. Maggs understands fangirls and their culture and she wanted to write a book telling other fangirls how to be a fangirl (not that we need that much help). She gives helpful tips for first-time con goers, fanfiction writers and cosplayers. Also, she interviewed many famous fangirls to give readers more tips in case she overlooked.

 Catherine Wiggins is a rising freshman at Williams High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

 

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