Author(s): Sam Maggs
Pages count: 208 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
Rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
I received a digital ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Quirk Books!
At the beginning of the year I told myself I wanted to read more non-fiction books in 2015, especially on writing, so when I saw this book up on NetGalley I immediately requested it. The cover stunned me and the concept sounded very interesting to me. It didn’t disappoint!
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the perfect handbook for every fangirls and fanboys to grace the surface of the Earth. From mini-guides on every fandom to an in-depth manual on planning your convention travels! Let me say that this was one of the funniest books I’ve ever read and it’s a lot to say considering this is not even fiction! It had me laughing out loud at least once every chapter and because of this book, the people who were in the bus think I’m a crazy maniac now. So thanks Sam Maggs for that!
Its pages are filled of winks to feminism and a lot of girl power which is great! However, there was a point in the book where I thought the views on feminism where a bit strong and that why it’s missing a star in the rating. Don’t get me wrong, I think feminism is a needed movement in today’s society and I can consider myself a feminist as long as both genders are treated equally and men are not put down in the process. I’m not saying the author put down the opposite gender though; I just needed to address that!
On to easier and less polemic topics, the graphic work on this book was beautiful. The illustrations were hilarious and the design and distribution of the text and images were brilliant! I personally loved the little icons for each fandom; I mean the Harry Potter one is so pretty!
If you are a fan fiction kind of person, you are going to adore this book. It features a guide on how to write fanfic and how to successfully promote it! This handbook is a very complete piece of work. It even includes websites where you can find all the info on conventions, fanfics, different fandoms and all kinds of goodies from local book/comic stores from all over the US and Canada to websites where you can fangirl the night away!
I absolutely loved that the author includes a lot of positive messages whether it be about body image or about being a geek. If you identify yourself as a fangirl, go ahead and pre-order this book right now. I promise you won’t be disappointed!