These are some of the popular fandoms described in Sam Magg's informative and witty handbook for anyone with a passion for so-called "geeky" pursuits and supporting women within the nerd community.
So, what is a fangirl? What does "fangirl" mean? There are many responses to these questions scattered throughout the book (The book is chock full of Q&As with writers, actors, and creators.) But my favourite one is this, given by author Victoria Schwab, "It's a badge of honor. It means being passionate enough about something that not only do you want to enjoy it, and connect with others who enjoy it, but you also feel an intense need to introduce it to others."
The book is great at breaking down the what's and how's of fangirl culture, explaining slang, describing how to connect with like-minded people online and in real life, giving guidance on writing fanfic, and providing general etiquette tips on being respectful within the various fan communities. The book is also really great at talking about the feminist and activist values that underpin fangirl culture and coaches the reader on engaging with fandoms in ways that support and empower not only women but people of all backgrounds and to look critically at media. This is the best kind of handbook: it has the foundational information that the uninitiated will find useful but it also looks deeply (but concisely) at the empowering values that the culture promotes, all in an accessible and fun format.