The Fangirl Life by Kathleen Smith
Genre: Non-fiction, Fandom, Pop Culture, Humor
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: You’d probably know a “fangirl” when you see one, but the majority stay relatively closeted due to the stigma of being obsessed with fictional characters. However, these obsessions are sometimes the fangirl’s solutions for managing stress, anxiety, and even low self-esteem. Fangirling is often branded as behavior young women should outgrow and replace with more adult concerns. Written by a proud fangirl, The Fangirl Life is a witty testament to the belief that honoring your imagination can be congruous with good mental health, and it’s a guide to teach fangirls how to put their passion to use in their own lives.
The Fangirl Life encourages you to use an obsession not as a distraction from the anxieties of life, but rather as a test lab for your own life story:
How can a character girl crush be useful instead of a waste of time?
How can writing fan fiction be a launching point for greater endeavors?
How do you avoid the myths that fictional romance perpetuates?
By showing you how to translate obsession into personal accomplishment while affirming the quirky, endearing qualities of your fangirl nature, The Fangirl Life will help you become your own ultimate fangirl.
My opinion on the book:
Last year i read The Fangirl’s Guide To The Galaxy looking for a book that would help me cope with all the ‘feels’ of being a fangirl. Spoiler alert; it wasn’t what i was looking for. So when someone recommended me this book i was a little skeptical, but the moment i started the book i knew this was it.
This book was written by a psychologist fangirl who spent years working and trying to understand her own feelings and the way she reacts because of all the fangirling. Obviously, she worked also with other fangirls and this way she came to a lot of understanding she shares with the reader which makes the book not only fun because of references to a lot of fandoms, but it also helps you work on how you want to deal with all the feelings yourself.
The book proposes a lot of exercises you can try to do by yourself to take the fangirling to a whole new and more mature level where it can help you with all the adulting you have to do in your real life.
The book is written in a very approachable way, it’s fun to read and it really can open your eyes to a lot of things you do as a fangirl without even realizing it.
Overall, the book is a really good read for any fangirl looking to feel a little more understood.
As it speaks a lot about us fangirls growing into fanwomen, i think it can help a lot of us to really find our way of becoming a better way of ourselves without losing what makes us fans, without losing all the feels and emotions we try to avoid so we can be proper adults.
Also, the book brings up a lot of ideas, examples of different kinds of fangirls, how they can cope with each of the problems they face and a ot of information that can help not only the fangirls or the ones starting to be fangirls but to everyone who wants to undertsand the world of fangirls.
I highly recommend it as a humorous non-fiction reading as it’s a very lighthearted book, it reads really quickly and it won´t leave you untouched if you are a fangirl yourself.