[ARC] The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs


The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks è un manuale che spazia su tutto quello che può essere utile a una fangirl o a chi vuole approfondire il mondo delle fanfiction.

Un capitolo è dedicato ai fandom e alle loro caratteristiche, uno su come arrivare preparate a quali conventions (con tanto di descrizione del kit da borsetta), si parla di cosplay, di troll, di come scrivere fanfiction e di come parlare di questa passione con gli amici.

E’ un manualetto divertente che può contenere spunti interessanti per le fangirl, mentre per chi vuole approfondire il tema risultato interessanti alcuni capitoli, tra cui un utile glossario dei termini utilizzati per parlare di fanfiction.

Ringrazio l’editore per avermi fornito la copia necessaria per stendere questa recensione.


The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks is a handbook about everything a fangirl – or everyone who wants to understand the fanfiction world – could find useful.

The first chapter is about the different kind of fandom and their features, another is about conventions and how to get to them prepared (there is also a bag kit description), there is something about cosplay, about trolls, about writing fanfiction and about sharing this passion with friends.

It’s a funny and nice handbook and it contains some hints for fangirls, while for the ones who want to understand the fangirls world some chapters are more useful than others, in particular the glossary of the terms used when referring to fanfiction.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs ★★★☆☆½

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones


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Una guida per il fantasy, un’analisi completa che mostra schemi ricorrenti e punti deboli del genere, il tutto scritto senza dimenticare umorismo e sottointesi rimandi ad opere ben note.
Più sotto riporto il commento, qui condivido una delle voci del glossario, anche perchè in questo caso la potenza del linguaggio la si può percepire solo leggendo.

HORSES are of a breed unique to Fantasyland. They are capable of galloping full-tilt all day without a rest. Sometimes they do not require food or water. They never cast shoes, go lame, or put their hooves down holes, except when Management deems it necessary, as when the forces of the DARK LORD are only half an hour behind. They never otherwise stumble. Nor do they ever make life difficult for Tourists by biting or kicking their riders or one another. They never resist being mounted or blow out so that their girths slip, or do any of the other things that make horses so chancy in this world. For instance, they never shy and seldom whinny or demand sugar at inopportune moments. But for some reason you cannot hold a conversation while riding them. If you want to say anything to another Tourist (or vice versa), both of you will have to rein to a stop and stand staring out over a VALLEY while you talk. Apart from this inexplicable quirk, Horse can be used just like bicycles, and usually are. Much research into how these exemplary animals come to exist has resulted in the following: no mare ever comes into season on the Tour and no STALLION ever shows an interest in a mare; and few Horses are described as geldings. It therefore seems probable that they breed by pollination. This theory seems to account for everything, since it is clear that the creatures do behave more like vegetables than mammals. It also explains why the ANGLO-SAXON COSSACKS and the DESERT NOMADS appear to have a monopoly on horse-breeding. They alone possess the secret of how to pollinate them.

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