The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

Book - 2016 | Expanded ed
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Featuring work by Margaret Atwood, Mariko Tamaki, Trina Robbins (Wonder Woman), Marguerite Bennett (Marvel's A-Force), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder) and over 50 more creators. It's a compilation of tales told from both sides of the tables: from the fans who love video games, comics and sci-fi to those that work behind the scenes: creators and industry insiders.
Publisher: Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, a division of Dark Horse Comics, Inc., c2016
Edition: Expanded ed
ISBN: 9781506700991
1506700993
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL
Characteristics: 279 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Nicholson, Hope

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Oct 18, 2017

Sure, there were a few kindred souls in my hometown, but for the most part, I fielded constant annoying commentary about how I looked, sounded, and acted “different.” Anyone who was the weird kid from their small town knows exactly what I mean. [Erin Cossar – “Anne of Linux Pine”]

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Oct 18, 2017

At twenty-four, I forced myself to play the game without a walkthrough. I made myself go on dates with strangers. I talked about pop culture and favorite foods, and wished that the whole thing was over five minutes in. Then I beat myself up for failing at this dating subquest. [Hope Nicholson – “Rise of the Late Bloomer”]

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Oct 18, 2017

You would wander into the woods surrounding your home and stay there for hours with the dogs and the cats who followed you from the house, and in those shadows you prayed for magic to find you and _that_ didn’t frighten you, not in the slightest, not the solitude of nature, but oh my God you were wary of people. [Marjorie Liu – “Ghost”]

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Oct 18, 2017

It’s a fandom story as old a time (or, at least, dial-up): You love something; you feel isolated; you go online; you discover there are thousands of other people who love that something just as much as you do; you get all warm and fuzzy and accepty all over the place. [Sam Maggs – “Popping the Heat Sink”]

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forbesrachel Feb 01, 2017

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls feels like a conversation between girl friends at a slumber party (just like the cover depicts). It is a series of brief stories, comics, and essays about the past experiences, and in-experiences, of these creators with romance, love, and sex. Every woman in this book is a proud geek of things like comics, gaming, fanfic, BL, or something else, and each has a completely individual story to tell. This book is invaluable to young adults for two reasons. First, the sheer variety of relationships it explores offers proof and encouragement to young women who are unsure of what is "right" for them, and to girls who are struggling to understand their own self. Some of the creators had failed relationships, one discovered the label demisexual after years of confusion, others are more interested in their OTP, some find the love of their life, and there are those that find the most emotional satisfaction in their friends. Second, these stories offer sound advice, or mention the lesson they learned. Recurring topics include: break ups, online dating, finding love, the awkward moments, and the desire to find someone who appreciates and even shares the same geeky passions. Most geek girls will find at least one story with which they can connect to, and all will benefit from its wisdom. For the shy and socially awkward, it will actually prove especially beneficial because the authors are willing to discuss their thoughts and emotions, including the uncomfortable ones. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls reminds us that there is not a one-fit all type of relationship, what makes you most happy is the best for you.

KateHillier Dec 09, 2016

I backed this on Kickstarter so, full disclosure there. Also, I did not intend to sit down and read this in one sitting but I did. I feel like I read it a bit too fast (I definitely didn't; I've apparently been sitting here for a while). When I read this again, and I'm sure there will be several repeat readings, I may need to stretch out. One work a day or something.

Being a Geek Girl (nerd girl, fangirl, whatever your preferred nomenclature) can be an isolating experience as much as it is a collective one. Until you venture out onto the Internet (in my case, I didn't have the internet in my house until I was 14 and I first stumbled onto the whole fanfiction concept on the library computers when I was 12 or 13) and see that there are others that share your interests. It's not unusual to be the only person you know who has deep feelings about Star Trek, will lecture on how Gandalf is basically a lesser deity, and hopes for an FBI profiler and a homicidal cannibal to run off into the sunset together, or a whole host of other references I could make here.

Fandom is how some of us first understand relationships, straight and not so straight, it's how we make friends, how we figure ourselves out, how certain issues are brought to our attention. We wonder if anyone will ever love us and resign ourselves (or become extremely comfortable with) the fact that no one will ever get us or take us seriously because of our intense hobbies. Fandom, especially as practised by girls and women, gets a bad rap and getting a wide variety of experience of female geekdom in many varieties of forms and time periods (Margaret Atwood has COMICS in here) is as interesting as it is affirming.

It was a fabulous read. Hit home in many ways for me and I know I'm not the only one.

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