Hey, kids – did you miss me? I’ve had quite a bit of a summer hiatus. With the kiddo being home from school, blogging took a back seat. However, with less blogging meant more times with the people I love, reading good books, and binge watching shows. This in part lent to lots of FANGIRL time! Today, I’ll be talking about The Fangirl Life and how I experienced one of my first fangirl show moments with someone other than myself.
Fangirl doesn’t always have the best connotation. You know us womenfolk with our hysterias (sarcasm). I think some people just lump fangirl into that same realm of terms and thus make it negative. Fangirl, however, is not a bad term – it’s a great term! I know people tend to think fangirl = thirteen year old girls + boy bands (that was totally me, btw), but that’s just not the case. A fangirl is simply a lady fan. Easy, right?
The Fangirl Life
In Kathleen Smith’s book, The Fangirl Life: A Guide to All the Feels and Learning How to Deal, she breaks down just what it means to be a fangirl and how it can influence your entire life.
Fangirling is more than a hobby; it’s a way of life for an enormous community. As a fangirl, you are a passionate, intelligent, and creative creature. But sometimes focusing on the fictional can keep you from putting those qualities to use in your everyday life. Rather than using your pop culture obsessions to avoid your real-life problems, you can tackle issues like stress, anxiety, and low self-esteem by turning obsession into inspiration.
If you enjoy flailing over badass fictional ladies or speculating endlessly over plot points, but would like to carve more space for the narrative of your own life, this is the book for you. Written by a proud fangirl who is also a licensed therapist, The Fangirl Life is a witty guide to putting your passions to use in your offline life, whether it’s learning how writing fan fiction can be a launching point for greater career endeavors, or how to avoid the myths that fictional romance perpetuates.
So, What Did I Think?
It’s basically a how-to guide on transiting from fangirl to fanwoman and learning how to embody the qualities you admire in your favorite fictional characters. Even if you don’t actually identify with the term fangirl, this book is full of tips on being the best you that you can be – and who doesn’t need a little bit of that in their life? The Fangirl Life has been so useful to me, and even though I don’t quite fangirl like what is described in the book, I used the exercises and suggestions in other areas of my life and am well on my way to feeling stronger and more confident in myself. Let’s just say I’m becoming the ultimate fanwoman about myself!
My Fangirling Moment
I am a squee-er. The kind that just goes Eeeeeeee really loud when my favorite characters FINALLY kiss or something amazing happens. Usually, this happens in the privacy of my own home. I’ve never really embraced the fangirl with others, until I did! I’ve got a pretty fantastic local geek girl squad and we adventured to Geeky Con a few weekends ago. Unbeknownst to me, this Con focused a lot on YouTube and web series. I was totally clueless. After we left, Karen and I (at the encouragement of Liz) decided to check out one of these series and now we’re hooked!
The New Adventures of Peter + Wendy
Our YouTube web series of choice was The New Adventures of Peter + Wendy. We made snacks, got canned wine (we keep it classy), and just hit play. Somehow we managed to watch the entirety of both seasons in one sitting. We honestly squeed, cheered, and said noooooooooo so many times together; it was really a magical experience to be on the save wavelength of fangirl with someone. We blew up Twitter and Instagram with it and even got a response from one of the actors. Which caused more squees. ‘Twas glorious. Seriously y’all, check out this series – it’s funny, has some romance, unexpected twists, and is just a fantastic story. Season 3 will be out soon so let the squeeing continue!
Be sure to tell me in the comments what you fangirl about 🙂