Monday, 4 July 2016

ARC #Review: THE FANGIRL LIFE by Kathleen Smith


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.

Author: Kathleen Smith
Source: ARC via the Publisher
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Rating: 5 stars
Amazon | Chapters | TBD
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

This is a non-fiction, self-help book about how to channel your inner BAMF Fangirl into a BAMF Fanwoman that can rock the world. I so so so wish I had read this while I was in university because it would have been so helpful. Instead, I had to do some trial and error to figure out how to use my skillz to advance myself in the Real World. I would recommend this for any teenage fangirl who is FREAKING OUT about college apps, life decisions, and how to balance real life and fangirl-ing. I would also recommend it to people like me who have some idea what they want to do but want their interests and their goals to overlap so we can get paid to do things we actually enjoy doing.

Smith has a good handle on what it's like to be a fangirl and how to transfer those feelings into what it means in real life. I think one of the hardest things for people to do is to see how their skills impact their real life. I used to think that writing meta about Sterek on the internet was The Best Thing Ever™ only for a couple of months (and some rude comments) later to completely erase it from the internet. But how did this help me? It tightened my writing, I was able to analyze and critique things better. All great skills for writing papers in university. And EVERY ONE OF US has something like this. Even if you are just writing book reviews, you have to synthesize what you read and put it in a way that will persuade others to either pick it up or not. Those are valuable abilities to have.

FIND YOUR INNER GODDESS AND SET HER FREE MY LITTLE CHICKADEES. And pick this one up to remind you that sometimes people have those horrible plot lines before they get back on the right track.

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