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Interview with a Fangirl: Savanna Kiefer

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Savanna at the Solo A Star Wars Story Premiere

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Blogger, Podcaster and Fangirl Savanna Kiefer!

I became aware of Savanna through the Star Wars Fangirl Community and count her as one of my Fangirl inspirations!

Welcome Savanna to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I realized I was a fangirl when I started to meet other fangirls that were just like me! At first, I didn’t know there were other girls who loved Star Wars! Thankfully I was welcomed into an online community when I was in my early teens and that group of girls really shaped who I am today. That’s when I learned I should be proud to consider myself a fangirl and celebrate all the other ladies who loved the same things as I did.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media has really helped me become more confident in myself and allowed me to make lifelong friends! I joined Facebook and Twitter when I was around 13-years-old. That’s when I really started blogging and meeting other girls who were interested in Star Wars too. I’m super thankful that now I have a really supportive group of people, both men and women, following me across all my social media. It’s nice to have a whole army of people to have your back when times get tough and friends to celebrate with when things are good!

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I grew up in a family that loved Star Wars and watched the movies pretty much every single day of the week. I always enjoyed the movies, but I really didn’t claim the fandom as my own or consider myself a fan until I started watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars. That show really catapulted my fandom into something bigger than I could ever imagine. All because of one animated TV show, I’ve had the most amazing opportunities in my life and met incredible people.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

Gosh, I’ve learned so much from the Star Wars fan community! I think the best lesson has been the fact that I will ALWAYS have a family in the community. Obviously, I have my real family, but my Star Wars family is super special. I’ve met friends all over the world who love Star Wars just as much as I do and they’ve blown me away with kindness throughout the years. Sometimes I get hand-written letters from other fangirls that I’ve briefly met in person at a convention or just chatted with online and that’s really cool.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I’m a huge Indiana Jones and Disney parks fangirl! I grew up in central Florida near Walt Disney World and lived in Anaheim last year near Disneyland, so I think Disney definitely runs in my blood. Indiana Jones is great because A) Harrison Ford is the lead star and B) it’s just a really fun adventure series.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

Never, ever be ashamed of loving the things you love. No matter what it may be, wave your geek flag high and proud!

Where can others interact with you?

You can find me on Twitter and Instagram @savanna_kiefer. My Facebook page is www.facebook.com/TheDorkyDiva and you can find all sorts of fun fandom related posts at www.TheDorkyDiva.com.

Interview with a Fangirl: Letetia

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl Letetia!

I became aware of Letetia through the Facebook Star Wars Fangirl Community.

Welcome Letetia to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When did I realize I was a Fangirl?

I was finding podcasts to listen to and came upon Fangirls Going Rogue‘s first podcast. They were talking about being Fangirls and what it meant to them and while I was listening to them it dawned on me that I was a Fangirl.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

On Facebook in the Star Wars pages and groups that I’m on I have been able to speak my mind on Star Wars issues with little flack. Social media has helped me keep up with Star Wars news and have found a lot of podcasts to listen to. I haven’t felt hindered at all. Nobody has shut my voice down as of yet.

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandoms such as Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, etc and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

In 1977 when I was 23 years old  and married to my first husband, we were watching TV and a commercial came on for Star Wars and I thought to myself do I really have to go to see this movie? Well, I was 6 1/2 months pregnant and we decided to wait until the lines died down before we went to see it because of my condition. We went to the theater and sat down to watch it and I had to get up about 2-3 times to go to the restroom. But by the time the movie was over I was hooked! We went back about 2-3 times to see it so I could see the places in the movie that I missed by getting up to go to the restroom

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has been a positive impact on my life?

Before I became active with JediOKC I did not have much of a social life. I have been divorced for about 15 years and had kept to myself except for family gatherings. It has given me friends that I can communicate with and do events together and give back to the community. I have learned that people do care for others out there. And that together we can make a difference.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I love the Indiana Jones movies, I’m a huge Fangirl about Harrison Ford! I love Wonder Woman. I like Stargate, Star Trek and Independence Day.

Where can others interact with you?

You can friend me on Facebook or I’m also on Twitter @OklahomaJedi.

Interview with a Fangirl: Mel

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl, Podcaster and Blogger Mel Perez, @jane_anon.

I became aware of Mel through the Black Girl Nerds blog and the Twitter Star Wars and Doctor Who Fan Communities.

Welcome Mel to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I don’t have a specific moment that I can look to and say that’s when I realized it. I grew up loving 80s fantasy, science fiction and anime. Until maybe high school, I thought this was completely normal. It’s only later that I discovered that everyone wasn’t always watching Conan, Star Wars or some anime dubbed in Spanish in their free time. If I had to pick a time, I would probably say high school. That’s when I become involved in message boards, chat rooms and websites for the shows I loved. Shout out to AOL Chat. I guess that’s when my fangirling leveled up.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

For the most part, social media has helped me. It got me involved with Black Girl Nerds. It helped me find a group to start a podcast with. It’s how I find people who are interested in the same things as me. It’s not all positive though. There’s something about being a woman and especially a woman of color on social media that almost invites trolls. It paints a target on your back saying please question everything I say, assume I don’t know anything and basically treat me like an idiot. I’m not the best at dealing with them. It does make me want to leave sometimes. I’ve had periods when I had to lock my account just to avoid all of the people attacking me.

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I was really young when I first saw Star Wars so I can’t say exactly when. I think my first clearest memory of seeing it was when I was 10. I was riveted to the screen. I remember my cousins trying to get my attention to go play outside but they would have had to drag me to get me away from that movie. The moment I saw Luke watch the twin suns setting on Tatooine with the John Williams score swelling in the background, I knew I was in love.

Star Trek, on the other hand, is a more interesting story. My mother and my grandmother loved the original show. I didn’t. It took me until after college to start watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. It took some time but I did fall in love with it and Deep Space Nine which took me even longer to watch. I still haven’t seen the original series though I did take my mother and grandmother to see the first reboot for Mother’s Day.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

I’m not as involved in the Star Wars fan community as I would like. The fan communities I think of fondly are Harry Potter, Supernatural, Doctor Who, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even Teen Wolf. I think fondly of these communities made up of mostly women who loved to talk about the works, write about them, vid them, etc. Being involved in these communities helped me come out of my shell. It pushed me to start writing. These communities emphasized that my opinion mattered and that it was okay emotionally invested in these properties. I’ve met so many amazing fangirls who have become true friends. Fangirls have brought so much joy into my life.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I named a few of them in the last answer. I’ve spent the past year fangirling about Yuri on Ice. It rekindled my love of figure skating which I am also now fangirling about. I’m still an MCU fangirl though I may get superhero fatigue now and then. Also comic books, marine animals, 80s fantasy movies forever, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, Bob’s Burgers and mid to late 90s/early 2000s anime. After Star Wars, Doctor Who is probably my biggest fandom.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

It’s awesome. It’s empowering. It’s fun. It’s fulfilling.

Where can others interact with you?

I can be found tweeting about comics, Yuri on Ice, Doctor Who or Star Wars at @jane_anon.

Interview with a Fangirl – Connie

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl Connie Shih!

I became aware of Connie through the Twitter Star Wars Fangirl Community.

Welcome Connie to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I became enamored with The Muppet Show on TV when I was five-years-old. A talking frog, pig, and bear? Colorful creatures of all shapes and sizes? Instant Muppet fangirl!

How has social media helped or hindered you?

At the moment, social media (primarily Twitter) has helped me connect with Star Wars fans, podcasts, and fan sites from all over the world. Overall, it’s been wonderful to interact with fellow fans and become a member of Star Wars Twitter fan community. However, there is also an unfortunate downside with trolls and toxicity. In those instances, when it’s become overwhelming, I’ve found it’s perfectly fine to take a break from social media. I’ve also discovered that Twitter (with its character limit) often hinders in depth discussions, so it’s better to engage in those discussions elsewhere where there is more space for elaboration. Prior to the Star Wars Twitter fan community, I used Tumblr for several years to connect with fellow fans in the Glee fan community.

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I first saw Return of the Jedi in 1983 on the big screen when I was eight-years-old, and instantly fell in love with Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Ewoks. Return of the Jedi was my gateway to Star Wars and later paved the way for my love of Star Trek and Lord of the Rings.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

I’ve been mostly involved with the Glee fan community and Star Wars fan community in recent years and both have been welcoming and felt like family.

In the Glee fan community, I’ve met fellow fans in person, attended concerts and book signings with them, and become lifelong friends with many of them. I’ve also collaborated professionally with fellow Glee fans in academia. Overall, it’s been incredibly positive and satisfying.

In the Star Wars fan community, it’s been fantastic to connect with so many on a daily basis on Twitter. I hope to meet fellow fans in person one day and attend meetup or a Star Wars Celebration.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I love musicals (both Broadway and movie), am a proud Gleek (fan of the Fox TV musical dramedy, Glee). Trekkie (Star Trek fan), and a Lord of the Rings fan.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

Don’t be afraid to embrace what you love! There are so many ways and places for fangirls to celebrate their fandom and support each other. Reach out and connect with others and don’t let the trolls get under your skin. We have your back!

Where can others interact with you?

You can find me on Twitter @connieshih. I’m also working on launching a new personal blog called Connie’s Corner (https://ckshih.wordpress.com) in 2018 where you’ll find my thoughts on a variety of topics of interest including Star Wars and pop culture.

Interview with a Fangirl: Christina G

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl Christina G, a Disney Store Cast Member who loves everything about Disney, especially Star Wars!

I became aware of Christina through the Twitter Star Wars Fangirl Community.

Welcome Christina to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

Probably when I would have the urge to wear an item of clothing featuring something I was a fan of…haha.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media has helped me in so many ways. The most important one is that I’ve gained many wonderful friends because we share the love for a fandom. I’ve gained one of my best friends because of us sharing our love for the same fandom. Social media has been a blessing to me & I hope that never changes.

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I actually was WAY late to the Star Wars fandom. I entered the fandom in late December of 2015 (after The Force Awakens came out). People were so pumped for this franchise, I wanted to see what it was about. I watched A New Hope, which is my favorite SW film, & I loved it. Ended up watching ESB right afterwards. Took me 3 days to watch the 6 movies. I guess you can say I loved it right away. I then watched TFA, Rogue One & even watched Star Wars Rebels. I continue to love love LOVE it.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

I have learned that the Star Wars community is a family. Everyone is a part of this amazing community. We may have our different theories and favorite characters but in the end, we all stand by together to support this franchise that we have come to know and love. I was welcomed with open arms into this community & I am very happy to share my love for this franchise with others who love it as much as I do.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Disney has always been my first fandom. Grew up into Disney & I even work for them. I also fangirl about Supernatural & Marvel, mainly with Guardians of the Galaxy. But I am growing more into the Marvel Universe.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

Don’t be afraid to let your fangirl flag fly. Represent your fandom and show it off. You never know who else is a Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, etc. fan just like you.

Where can others interact with you?

You can connect with me via Twitter: @ganocj

Interview with a Fangirl: Erica L

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Erica L, an artist with a passion for Star Wars.

I became aware of Erica through the Twitter Star Wars Community.

Welcome Erica to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When did you realize you were a Fangirl?

I’ve always been really “into” things – like films, books, and music, but only realized there was an actual word for it a few years ago – probably around 2011 or 2012. My first big fandom was (and still is) Star Wars.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media has helped me when it comes to fangirling. Through websites like Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr, I’ve been able to connect with people who enjoy these movies as much as I do. It’s always fun to pass theories back and forth or come up with new stories for some of our favorite characters. Being an artist, it’s also fun for me to post my work online for other fans to see.

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

My uncle first showed me Star Wars: A New Hope back when I was three or so and I’ve been a fan ever since. I can’t imagine a time where Star Wars wasn’t a big part of my life. Growing up, I remember Leia was my favorite character to pretend to be. She was (and still is) definitely a big role model for me. I really can’t put into words how much I love Star Wars and how much of an impact it’s had on me.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

Like I said before, it’s wonderful being able to communicate with other fans. Fan communities are a place to talk about our favorite fandoms and connect over our mutual love for it. I’ve definitely been able to “meet” several people online – many of whom I could possibly never have the chance of getting to “know” if it weren’t for the Internet.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I’ve also been a fan of Marvel for about three or four years now, and I just got into the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter films this year. It didn’t take long before I realized they were going to be a big deal to me.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

Embrace your inner fangirl! Don’t feel like you need to hide who you really are. If you’re a fangirl of movies, books, music etc. enjoy it!

Where can others interact with you?

Connect with me on Twitter and Instagram: @e_brienne. You can also find me on my personal blog at: ebrienne.tumblr.com.

Interview with a Fangirl: Charlotte

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl Charlotte Errity, a Star Wars-obsessed, travel-obsessed, food-obsessed twenty-something.

Charlotte with actor Haden Christensen

I became aware of Charlotte through the Skytalkers podcast, which she co-hosts with her best friend of over a decade, Caitlin Plesher.

Welcome Charlotte to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I think I’ve always been one to be “into things”—as in, fully obsessed with movies, TV shows, etc., but it wasn’t until I saw Revenge of the Sith that I became a full on fangirl for Star Wars. I realized there was this whole world people knew about and immersed themselves in, and I wanted to be a part of it too; I wanted to know everything about my favorite characters, what planet they were from, how Star Wars was made, etc. I really never turned back.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media 100% helped me in the Star Wars fandom, and beyond. Even though I knew my co-host of my podcast, Caitlin, for years, our friendship and our presence in the Star Wars community has only grown via social media. On top of that, we’ve met hundred of people in real life and online that also share our love for all things Star Wars. Social media has educated me and has taught me how to be a better, more respectable fan, as well. It’s taught me to understand that everyone has different things they respond to, and that not everyone’s approach to this wide galaxy of Star Wars is the same—those differences strengthen us and, personally, myself as a fan. Of course, as women, we’ve gotten our fair share of trolls and angry, rude comments that are hard to brush off—but for the most part, social media has been an amazingly positive home for me.

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I first saw Star Wars in 1999–I saw The Phantom Menace in theaters and I was very young. The podracers were too loud, and we had to leave! So ironic. It wasn’t until I was 10 that my mother forced me to watch the original trilogy. I loved it and what those films stood for. Then, finally, when I was a pre-teen, I saw Revenge of the Sith and immediately responded to that film like no other film I had ever seen before (or since, honestly). My Star Wars fandom has only grown from there, as I discovered all the different mediums that Star Wars lived.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

I’ve learned that a diversity of opinions is truly beneficial for the fan community. I’ve learned to be more authentically myself, and love the things I love without shame. From podcasting, Star Wars has had an unbelievably positive impact on my life.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Oh, boy. I love most “big action” films—and film in general. I love Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and the like… but nothing has ever grabbed me and never let go like Star Wars did.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

Never be ashamed of who you are. The more authentically YOU you are, the better… for everyone.

Where can others interact with you?

My podcast is Skytalkers, and it’s an in-depth, 3 part analysis of all things Star Wars. It releases every other Saturday wherever you can get podcasts.  You can also find me at skytalkers.com and @crerrity on all social media.

Interview with a Fangirl: 2TimesMum

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

2TimesMum with members of The Ghost Crew at Star Wars Celebration Europe in 2016

2TimesMum with members of The Ghost Crew at Star Wars Celebration Europe in 2016


Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl 2TimesMum, who is a 40 year old mother living in Belgium that happens to love Star Wars!

I became aware of 2TimesMum through the Fangirls Going Rogue Podcast Twitter Community and I had the honor of meeting her in person while attending Star Wars Celebration Europe in London in 2016! 

Welcome 2TimesMum to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I love Star Wars from the very first time I saw it as a little girl. We rewatched the original trilogy again and again throughout my childhood. I also loved seeing the prequels on the big screen on every opening night and bought them when they got released. But it wasn’t until my children got interested about a new upcoming show in 2014, everything got so much more intense! Yes, I am talking about Star Wars Rebels.
It was the first Star Wars they saw and they were blown away by it! They wanted to know more about this galaxy and I was very happy to be able to introduce them to it. As their interest got bigger, I got more involved as well. Reading the books, keeping up to date with all the news, listening to podcasts, joining the Belgian Star Wars fanclub TeeKay-421, trying to make a Mandalorian armor, going to Celebration London, … it all started with Rebels for us. Watching that show together with my son and daughter, means the world to me!

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Even though I really dislike the enormous amount of negativity, the lack of empathy & respect, a whole new world opened up for me by joining twitter. I love seeing tweets from families that share Star Wars with one another, just like we do. I love seeing fanart of the characters we adore. I love reading people’s thoughts on past or future episodes. I love hearing podcasts that express a positive message to the Star Wars community and I love getting all excited together with the rest of the fans when we get new Star Wars! I love being able to interact with other Star Wars fans all around the world, something I’m not really good at in real life.

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I remember my brothers rented the VHS tape of A New Hope in the mid eighties. We knew nothing about it before we started watching. We were so excited afterwards! It was the first time I saw a girl kicking ass! To say I loved that, would be a huge understatement.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

Despite the negativity I mentioned earlier, there are a LOT more positive things in the fan community. It sometimes feels like a family sticking up for one another and brightening one’s day when someone’s feeling down. It is also so much fun to be able to show my appreciation to the people that help making new Star Wars. Those are little things but I believe they can make a big difference! I think we all should do that more often.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Oh, I like other things but nothing comes close to what Star Wars makes me feel. There is no competition out there for me. That is because my love for Star Wars is intertwined with my life and my children.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

I’ll tell you what I would say to little me back in the eigthies: don’t hold back on what you love. Always respect people who don’t love the same thing you do. Do not be scared of letting the world know what excites you. There are others like you out there. You are not alone and gender or anything else for that matter does not define the right to be a fan or not. Love what you love to the fullest!

Where can others interact with you?

You can find me on twitter: @2times_mum

Interview With A Fangirl: Alexina

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl Alexina Duncan, who is a freelance costumier and part-time space general based in London and working in the UK film industry England.

I became aware of Alexina through a recent Future of the Force interview about her costuming efforts, especially the Hera cosplay she did at Star Wars Celebration Orlando in April 2017.

Welcome Alexina to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I’m not sure when I would say I had that dawning realization – it’s always been a part of who I am. I was raised on a steady diet of science fiction from birth – books, films and tv mostly. Eventually I went on to discover videogames and comics on my own, which I then fed back and shared with my mum. We are in an endless, self-perpetuating nerd culture cycle!

I guess around 2000 or 2001 was when I became a fangirl. That was when I got online, discovered fangroups and fansites, message boards and mailing lists and – most of all – fanfic. I had always shared things with people in real life, written my own little stories, but that’s when I became aware that this was a wider, shared thing.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Fandom social media is just incredible. And awful! For me the positivies far outweight the negatives. I’m a naturally solitary person who works long, difficult hours whilst managing my chronic illness. Over the years, that’s led to a lot of lost friends and isolation, but social media allows me to maintain a sense of community, to meet like minded people from all over the world, and maintain frienships that would risk fading because of schedule or distance. Particularly over the last year where I have tried to push myself and have started interacting with the cosplay and costuming community I have really felt, for the first time in a long long time, like I am actually a part of something. I have been in fandom for a long time but now I am finally in a community and it overwhelms and delights me nearly every day.

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

My first or second memory is of me explaining the Empire Strikes Back to my dad when I was two or three, so it has always been a vital part of my life that has guided and influenced me. Star Trek was equally a crucial part of my childhood, and I’ve found it fascinating how my response to these films and shows has shifted, my perceptions of stories and characters hve evolved as I have developed and grown. Doctor Who was also a vital part of my childhood, though I have to live forever alone with my non-canon favourite Doctor (Peter Cushing in the two Doctor Who movies!) The list of fan favourites that have always been a core part of my life is long. I grew up in the ‘90’s which was such a wonderful golden age for these fan favourites, and I was so lucky to have a mother that shared them with me and still shares and loves them. Not only that, but to have so many wonderful women in genre to look up to and aspire to – Leia, Padme, Aeryn, Sam Carter, Janeway, B’Elanna…I’m always grateful for them.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

It’s a gathering place, essentially. Somewhere were this community can meet and flourish and evolve. It’s a platform for those who would never otherwise have a voice; a way for people to meet and share and bond that would never otherwise meet. By being involved in online fandom I hear points of views that I would never have considered. It enriches and expands the fandom, and I’m educated every day.

The sheer amount of creativity on display everyday, whether in art, fic, cosplay, meta or just the beautiful rambling conversations that grow out of a tiny idle critique of comic art into what you could call an exploration of the female gaze that led to beautiful fanart. There is so much talent in fandom and there is a level of feedback and collaboration. Venturing into the cosplay side of fandom in the last year, I have had the warmest and most incredible welcome. The level of support and interest in my work is overwhelming, which I then get the opportunity to give back to the community by offering advice and techniques to others. Heras helping Heras. The work and resources that are available and shared is invaluable.

What else do you Fangirl about?

My biggest passion is costume – it’s my life, my work, my hobby. I have a degree in costume and have been working in the industry for seven years. 98% of the time I will be shouting about some minor costume detail (whether its right or wrong!) on screen and that will be my way into a story or character. Somehow, for some reason, I have only started cosplaying in this past year. I think because costume was this external tool that I applied to others and translated. Costume is the ultimate storytelling devise. Even if you don’t notice the costumes (for instance, consider George Lucas insisting that the costumes in the original Star Wars be ‘invisible’) they are working hard to tell you everything that you need to know. History, character and hints towards the narrative to unfold. They’re always there in the colours, the silhouette.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

Being a fangirl isn’t about labels. It isn’t about doing things right, being a ‘one true fan’. It’s about loving what you loving and sharing that, letting that passion grow in whatever works for you. It’s about not blindly loving something but being open to critiquing your darlings, expect more more and allowing others to let their voices be heard. We deserve the very best stories. Fan communities gather out of a need to celebrate a story or a character and it is very easy to get bogged down in maudlin, self-defeating cynicism. We are all guilty of it – I am especially guilty of it! Sometimes we need to stop and just remember why we’re here and where fandom has led us.

What cool things are you doing?

I cosplay as a part of the Rebel Legion Elstree Base, primarly as the best pilot in the galaxy, Hera Syndulla. I also write essays critiquing and analysing costume on screen and will shortly be starting my Masters in Fashion Cultures.

Where can others interact with you?

You can find me on Twitter and Tumblr at @xenadd and @poetryincostume, on Instagram as @poetryincostume, or on my blog poetryincostume.com

Interview with a Fangirl: Allyson 

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl Allyson Gronowitz, who is a freelance entertainment journalist living in Los Angeles.

Allyson as Ahsoka Tano with Captain Rex

Allyson as Ahsoka Tano with Captain Rex


I became aware of Allyson through her articles on websites, such as The Mary Sue and many others.

Welcome Allyson to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

Way before being a fangirl was considered in any way cool. When I was younger, I viewed my fandom as a sort of “guilty pleasure” – a place I would escape to when I didn’t feel like dealing with real people in the real world. It was like I had two lives: my creative, online, fandom life, and my real life. Later on, I realized how impactful my fandom life was on my development as a thinking, feeling, morally conscious and existentially-minded human. And I realized that I shouldn’t be embarrassed about my intensity and my enthusiasm. Nowadays, I embrace my identity as a fangirl with pride.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

I feel weird saying this, but I have had nothing but positive experiences with social media. Harry Potter fan forums were my jam in middle school, and I spent hours upon hours engaging in analyses, debates, discussions, and RPGs, while also reading and writing a ton of fanfic. These fansites challenged me intellectually and undoubtedly paved the way for my writing career – I was practicing pop culture criticism at a young age without even knowing it.

More importantly, fandom has allowed me to connect with people outside of my own personal bubble, and social media made it all possible. As an introvert, I love the way that social media allows me to make these connections in a space that feels safe to me. Thanks to earlier forms of social media, like fansites and web forums, and current ones like Twitter and Facebook, I’ve interacted with similarly passionate fans across countries, religions, and the political spectrum. Honestly, some of my most cherished friendships began on the internet through social media!

It’s funny how, for me, different forms of social media tend to reflect my different fandoms. My Harry Potter fandom was mostly confined to discussion boards and fan sites, as I mentioned before. I joined Tumblr for the Sherlock and Doctor Who fandoms. I originally joined Twitter to rant about hockey with fellow New York Rangers fans – and as my favorite players were traded away to different teams, I broadened my bubble to include fans of other NHL teams. Currently, my Twitter account is very, very Star Wars-centric, as you may have noticed…

When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

Harry Potter was my first love and probably will always be my deepest. I like to tell people that Harry Potter didn’t change my life, it shaped my life. I’m a millennial, and a huge book nerd, so my life has essentially been defined by different Harry Potter milestones.

I have a slightly more meandering Star Wars history (herstory?). My father, the alpha nerd of the family, exposed me to Star Wars at a pretty early age, and I distinctly remember dressing up as Princess Leia for the Jewish holiday of Purim sometime in the late ‘90s. But it was the release of the prequels that served as my gateway to the Star Wars universe. The original trilogy felt too old-school to me… but the prequels finally gave me a Star Wars trilogy of my own. My Star Wars fandom peaked during this time – at one point I insisted on having a dress-up, ice skating birthday party, which I attended in full Queen Amidala regalia. I also tore my way through Jude Watson’s YA Jedi Apprentice book series. But after that, I became involved in other things, and I think I felt pushed away by what I perceived to be widespread antipathy towards the Star Wars prequels.

It was probably the excitement for a female-led, J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars movie that brought me back. Binge-watching The Clone Wars soon after that certainly helped as well. Finally, I felt that Star Wars was for me again.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

First of all, I learned that I’m not the only one who appreciates the Star Wars prequels! I can’t tell you how much of a relief that was for me. I thought I was a culture deviant or something. And on that note, I learned that there are so many different types of fans out there, and everyone brings something unique to the table. I’ve made most of my friends in life through a fan community of some sort, so the positive impact on my life is almost incalculable. Also, I never would have had the guts to cosplay as Ahsoka Tano if I thought no one would recognize her. The reaction to that cosplay made me feel warm and fuzzy inside for a long, long time.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Harry Potter (#always), Sherlock seasons 1 – 3, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Kingkiller Chronicle, and almost anything blessed by J. J. Abrams and/or Damon Lindelof. I’m also a big hockey fan. Go Rangers!

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

This has been emphasized before, but don’t let anyone tell you how to be a fan! Whether you re-watch the original Star Wars trilogy every weekend and stalk your favorite SW fanfic writers, or you’ve only seen a couple episodes of The Clone Wars (or you only read fanfic!) – do what makes you happy, and be proud. There is no special prize for being the “biggest fan,” because fandom is not a competition. If you think it is, you’re probably missing the point of fandom. I have to tell myself this every day, when I hear about some Star Wars comic I’ve never read or some collectible I don’t (yet) own and feel like I’m not doing enough to let my geek flag fly. In fact, this is precisely why I took on the Twitter handle “The Fake Fangirl” – like Batman, I embraced a title that exposes my fear (being called “a fake fan”), and in doing so, I’m making it my strength.

Where can readers find out more about you?

You can read some of clips of my articles over at my website, www.allysongronowitz.net or on my blog, The Fake Fangirl, where I overanalyze time travel stories. You can also hit me up on Twitter @TheFakeFangirl or on Tumblr at http://www.thefakefangirl.tumblr.com.

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