DNF Review: The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

Written by: Sam Maggs
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Pages: 208, Hardcover
Series: Standalone
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Thanks so much to Quirk Books and NetGalley for this eARC!



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 read until about 10%, then skimmed until 25%, where I finally DNF’d this one.



When I first heard about Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy I was really excited. I thought that this book could really, really be something. Maybe it would open up a few eyes, let people see a new side to fangirls, especially those guys who still don’t view fangirls as a real thing. Admittedly Maggs did address these issues. She talked about times in her life when she was scorned at comic book shops. Moments like this made me really want to love this book. But unfortunately it was written at a level that I just didn’t expect. Rather than writing with a (well I don’t want to say cultured because that’s the wrong word here) but sophisticated edge Maggs just turned it into a 2012 Tumblr post.

Now I’ve got nothing wrong with “omg this is KILLINGGG MEEEE” I texted that message probably this week. But when I do text it I’m aware I’m talking to friends, and I’m not writing a novel to try and change how people view fangirls. As far as I’m aware the book was published as a feminist view on being a fangirl, on how we’re here to stay, and the guys of the world should get used to it. So when I started reading and I ran into nothing but ‘fangirl speak’ it caught me off guard, it wasn’t a bad thing at first. But as pages went on and there was nothing but fangirl speak? That was when it started to bother me.

Instead of this book changing views and becoming something that could’ve been really special, all I saw when I read this book was a book that was going to practically be out of date before it’s published. The book was written into something so simplistic and, truth be told, boring for me.


As I mentioned earlier Maggs mentioned some things that happened to her in comic book shops, she brought up how girls are treated in the geek world. I think she was spot on about how guys treat us girls. She brought up hardships that we as girls face, things that even I dealt with a few weeks ago at PAXSouth. I liked reading about that, and I liked her talking about how we need to come together to get it to stop. Because it’s true. Being a fangirl is awesome and something we should be proud of. And it is. Being a fangirl is a great thing! We can be just as hard core as the guys. We’re here to stay and we’re not going anywhere.

This is what I wanted this book to be about. I wanted it to smack people in the face and be like “no. Let me explain to you everything.” But I didn’t get it, and I think that alone is what really pushed me to DNF this book.



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