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Interview with a Fangirl: Sophie

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

Today, it is my pleasure to interview fellow fangirl, Sophie Lawrence, who writes and podcasts about Star Wars, especially the Legends stories, for a variety of outlets.


I became aware of Sophie through Far Far Away Radio and of course through her posts on twitter account, @shlawrence12.

Welcome Sophie 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 realise that you were a fangirl?

I think I have been a geek all my life, but it developed into something much more defining when I decided to set up my blog Outer Rim Reviews last year. I realised that I had so much to say about Star Wars and the books that I loved, that I needed a platform to express that love and wasn’t just content with reading the books by myself! From there, I have started a podcast Bright Tree Radio with my husband, and I write blog posts for Far Far Away Radio – I basically just can’t stop talking about Star Wars!

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media has been a massive help to me. Without it, there would be no way people would read my blog or listen to the podcast. There is something really special about knowing that people are reading what you have written and that you aren’t simply throwing words out into ‘the void’ so to speak! Not only that, I have met some wonderful people online and developed some great friendships. For so long I had been geeking out by myself so it’s been absolutely wonderful to talk to people who are just as passionate about Star Wars as me!

When did you first see Star Wars or other favourite 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 don’t remember the first time I saw Star Wars, I was introduced to it so young it’s always been part of my life I can however clearly remember having pretend lightsaber fights with my brother in the garden (I was always Luke!). I also grew up watching Star Trek Voyager, and with hindsight I suspect Captain Janeway was a key factor in my love of strong ladies bossing it in space!

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 still relatively new to the community as I’ve only really been ‘active’ since the beginning of the year, so I think I am learning every day! I think I’ve learned that there is not only a fantastic community of fans out there, but particularly fangirls. The Star Wars fangirls are some of the most passionate and driven women I’ve had the pleasure to interact with and I find them all so inspirational. Not only that, but these fangirls are so encouraging and supportive of each other it’s amazing!

What else do you fangirl about?

I fangirl about a lot of things! I often think that Star Wars is part of my soul, and if that’s the case then I would say that my heart belongs to Harry Potter! I am a Ravenclaw who is one with the force! I basically grew up with both and they have had a huge impact on my life. Other than that, I can also be found obsessing over Firefly, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Battlestar Galactica, Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura and Final Fantasy (not necessarily in that order!)

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

Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are! Be proud of your fandom and grab it with both hands. Life is too short to pretend to be something you’re not. And, most importantly, just have fun with it!

Where can others find and interact with you?

You can catch me on Twitter @shlawrence12. My blog where I am reviewing all the Legends novels is outerrimreviews.wordpress.com and you can find my podcast Bright Tree Radio on podbean where every few weeks we run a special ‘Ladies Night’ episode to celebrate some of the awesome ladies of Star Wars! Finally I also blog for www.farfarawayradio.com!

Interview with a Fangirl: Amy Richau

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

Today, it is my pleasure to interview fellow fangirl, Amy Richau, who writes about her geeky obsessions, like Star Wars, for a variety of websites. I became aware of Amy through her articles at FANgirl Blog and of course through her posts on twitter account, @amyrichau.


Welcome Amy 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 really knew in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when I was collecting anything Star Wars related in thrift shops and antique malls. Even though there had barely been anything new Star Wars related for so long I still enjoyed having a connection to the films. I had a photo of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola in my high school locker around this time. That was a sure sign I think!

How has social media helped or hindered you?

I have mixed feelings about fandom and social media. I love to see images of artwork, get links to new articles, and get recommendations on new books, movies, and TV shows – but it’s hard to get that and also block out all the negativity. If someone writes thoughtfully about a subject I’m interested to read it, even if I might not agree with them. But so much of what I see, on twitter especially, is just trashing on things – and then people complaining about people trashing something. That kind of negativity cycle is a total turn off to me. I’m always looking for more analytical discussions of films and TV shows and less of the “hot take” type of content. I just recently started to listen to a few podcasts which I think are great opportunities to have deeper discussions and conversations.

My friends aren’t huge Star Wars fans and I have only met one person in real life that I “met” through Star Wars social media so I think it would be very fun to go to a convention that had a lot of Star Wars content to meet some of the people I have chatted with or followed online.

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 have a vague memory of seeing Star Wars in the theater in 1977, and I remember being terrified Yoda was going to hurt Luke when I first saw The Empire Strikes Back. When I saw Return of the Jedi in 1983 that was the first Star Wars film that I truly fell in love with – and it was the first film where I wanted to jump into the movie and hang out with the characters. I’ve loved Star Wars ever since.

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

I think it’s always great to hear what has inspired others in their lives. And it’s important to know that even though you might feel like you’re the only person who loves something in your small town or school that you are not alone. And that being different or loving things that are different than what your peers love is not only ok – it’s fantastic.

I felt for many years that I should hide my Star Wars fandom, in part because it wasn’t cool and in part because I was female. Even when I had the chance to work at Skywalker Ranch in their film archive for a few months right before Revenge of the Sith came out I felt like I couldn’t be honest about how much I loved the films – which seems crazy to me now. But I only interacted with a few people and some of them, believe it or not, weren’t Star Wars fans. So now pretty much nothing makes me happier than seeing women in their twenties embracing Star Wars and seeing fans of Star Wars get jobs working on Star Wars related projects.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Twin Peaks, Disney, Marvel & DC more and more. I’m also a huge classic movie fan. Oh, and I love the Denver Broncos – I can’t leave them out of any fan conversation!

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

It’s nice to know there are people who share my sometimes crazy obessions with geeky things!

What cool Fangirl related project or projects are you working on that you would like to share?

I am starting up a blog about classic films called See Classic Films (seeclassicfilms.com).

Where can others find and inteact with you?

You can follow me on twitter @amyrichau

Interview with a Fangirl: Shelby

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

Today, it is my pleasure to interview fellow fangirl, Shelby who is an engineer by profession and a podcaster by passion.

I first became aware of Shelby through the Star Wars podcast Hyperspace PodBlast that she co-hosts with her fiancé Bryan.

Welcome Shelby 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 been into “geek culture” for as long as I can remember, starting out watching Sailor Moon after school everyday. That grew into a love of all sorts of fandoms, but my most recent and most intense fangirl obsession is Star Wars.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media is an amazing tool to connect with people. I think as social media has matured, so have fandoms and their acceptance of women online. I think overall things are getting better for women in this space. That or I’m just better at avoiding it! But I’d really like to highlight that social media has helped me to develop amazing friendships and engage in great discussions.

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?

So my Star Wars fandom story is probably the most interesting. At a very young age, I was “made” to watch A New Hope by a parent. I thought it was good I think, I don’t have any negative memories, but never watched anything else. After that, “I’ve never seen Star Wars”, was my interesting fact, and even when I thought about checking it out, it seemed too intimidating and huge to get into.

Then my fiance Bryan (who is the epitome of a Star Wars fanboy) slowly but surely encouraged me to get caught up before The Force Awakens came out. We sat down one weekend and I was hooked! From that point forward, Star Wars became a part of my life I didn’t know was missing.

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

Star Wars fans have taught me that a passion for an IP can lead to incredible creations. The originality and crazy things fans come up with continually impress and inspire me. To see the personal impact Star Wars can have on individuals is just awesome and social media enables us to highlight those stories.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Oh goodness, here we go. Anime/Manga would be a close second to Star Wars. My most recent interest is RPGs, so I’m dabbling in D&D and hopefully in the future Starfinder and Edge of the Empire. Also, in no particular order: Stranger Things, Wonder Woman, MCU, Harry Potter, LoTR, Rick and Morty, Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, and many more.

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

Be yourself! There is no right or wrong way to be a fangirl and no one is the gatekeeper to the title. Don’t get discouraged if others try to push you out of the space. As a “fangirl” of math and science as both a passion and profession, I’ve learned it’s better not to try to fit the male mold as a woman, but to figure out how to claim the space for you to be who you are.

Where can others find and inteact with you?

You can find me on Twitter: @ShelBB8, through Hyperspace PodBlast: http://hyperspacepodblast.podbean.com/ or through Small Guest Writings: https://theweeklyscoundrel.blog/

Interview with a Fangirl: Andrea

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

Today, it is my pleasure to interview fellow fangirl, Andrea Lynn Fleming, who is an actress in Chicago, and has been involved in theater for almost 30 years. She is actively cosplaying in the Chicago area for local charity events and hopes to continue for years to come!

Andrea as General Leia

Andrea as General Leia


I first became aware of Andrea through the Star Wars fan community and been very impressed with her Cosplay, especially her General Leia!

Welcome Andrea 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?

The first time I realized I was a fangirl was back in 1977 when I first saw the Star Wars movie. I didn’t know at the time that was what it was called, but I didn’t care. I loved the movie and everything about it.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media has been wonderful. It has helped me meet other women and girls just like me. I used to think that I was alone in my fandom, but after my daughter and her friends realized how much of a fangirl I was, they have helped me get on social media and express myself openly. It’s such a joy to see how many of us are out there!

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?

The first time I saw Star Wars was when I was 11 in 1977. My father took me to see it in the theater for my birthday that year. I instantly loved the movie and I have been a super fan ever since. I was on the Oprah show in 1997 for the special edition films that were released that year. I was the only one in the audience that day dressed in costume. What an honor that was.

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

It has been amazing to be a part of the Star Wars community. Everyone is so supportive of others and you’re not afraid to be yourself. I was ridiculed in the 80’s for my fandom, and really found myself keeping it to myself, until social media, and now I no longer need to be secretive about it. I can openly express how much I love this community and franchise. I enjoy being able to cosplay anytime the opportunity presents itself.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I also enjoy Star Trek, the Marvel Universe, but of course my first love is Star Wars.

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

Never be afraid of being who you are and what you like! Always enjoy your favorite things to your fullest ability. It doesn’t matter what others think. What matters most is what makes you happy. In the end, you will be the one others look up to. I know that’s what I discovered about myself, and it’s amazing watching my daughter and her friends fangirl without any worries of what others think. I know I dream of being in one of these movies myself some day.

Where can others find and inteact with you?

I am on Instagram at Lynnflemingact, and you can find me also on Twitter: @LynnFlemingACT.

Thanks again Andrea dor letting us get to know you better!

Thank you and May the Force Be With You!

Interview with a Fangirl: Christina

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

Today, it is my pleasure to interview fellow fangirl, Christina Fung, who blogs about HER Star Wars Story at http://www.mschristinafung.com.

Christina proudly wears her favorite HerUniverse Star Wars tee!

Christina proudly wears her favorite HerUniverse Star Wars tee!

I first became aware of Christina through her love of Her Universe and Star Wars via her Twitter, @StarWarsisLove.

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?

I first realized that I was a fangirl when I was around 15-years-old and I re-discovered Star Wars.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media has helped me discover other fans and connect with them. When I was younger I used to think that I was the only girl who liked Star Wars, but though social media I found out that I wasn’t alone – not by a long shot!

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 have vague memories of watching The Empire Strikes Back on TV with my dad when I was young, but after that I pretty much forgot about it. When I became a teenager I saw a magazine cover with the cast from Attack of the Clones and it piqued my curiosity. I bought the magazine (which I still have) and spent the entire summer learning everything I could about Star Wars. I’ve been a fan ever since.

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

Being a fan doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone, and that is a beautiful thing. Star Wars has an enormous presence and there are so, so many ways that you can be a fan of it. One of the best things about connecting with other fans is getting to learn more about the world of Star Wars though their knowledge of the Star Wars universe. I love getting to know people who are more into the books than I am, or who play different video games than I do. If I had all the time in the world it still wouldn’t be enough to explore all of Star Wars, so getting to know it though other fans is such an incredible thing.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Disney Parks! I love spending time at theme parks in general, but there is just something extra special about Disney. Once upon a time I worked at Disneyland, and I have such fond memories of those days. Now I get to experience Disneyland though my son’s eyes, and I’m so pleased that he loves it just as much as I do. Plus, Disney and Star Wars are so interwoven that it’s hard not to love both.
Also, Firefly. So much love for that series!

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

This is a great time to be a fangirl! Not so long ago it wasn’t cool to be a fan of anything that wasn’t mainstream. Thankfully, times have changed. Now, being a fangirl is mainstream, but because being a fan is unique to each person what being a fangirl really means is that you aren’t afraid to be yourself and share your passions. Be proud of your fandom, if it is what makes you happy then it is part of who you are, and being yourself is always cool.

What cool Fangirl related project or projects are you working on that you would like to share?

The first thing people usually find out about me is that I like Star Wars, a lot. I’m in the process of trying to join the 501st so that I can do charity work and geek out about Star Wars at the same time.  I wear my fandom on my sleeve and occasionally blog about it at mschristinafung.com and of course you can follow me on twitter as @StarWarsisLove to learn what other awesome Fangirl things I am doing!

Interview with a Fangirl: Annalise

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

Today, it is my pleasure to interview fellow fangirl, Annalise Ophelian, who is an award-winning documentary filmmaker (MAJOR!, Diagnosing Difference), queer psychotherapist, and Chihuahua fetishist.

Annalise with Boba Fett in Orlando at the DisneyWord Galactic Nights event.

I first became aware of Annalise through the interview she gave on Episode 44 of the Fangirls Going Rogue podcast and I was able to briefly meet her in person last month at Star Wars Celebration Orlando.

Welcome Annalise 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 probably only started using this term a few years ago, like around 2015 when I attended my first Star Wars Celebration. But my Star Wars fandom started when I was 4, in 1977 after seeing A New Hope in the theater. The following summer, it played at the theater near my house in Fort Collins, CO at the 10 cent matinee, and I went every single week. I was Princess Leia for Halloween, had action figures, read along to the children’s books with cassettes with my younger brother. In the early 1990s, when there were only the EU books and comics and not much else for Star Wars fans, I became a huge Star Trek: TNG fan, that franchise started me going to conventions, which I’ve continued attending throughout my adult life, and also collecting trading cards and such. So geek fandom has been a part of my life as long as I can remember.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

I’m so grateful for social media, especially as a woman who loves geeky things, I did not find community until the advent of social media. And I can’t image how Looking for Leia would even be possible without social media, because women’s fandom is so vibrant on-line, particularly in the arenas of podcasting, instagram, and blogging. I’m able to connect to a much broader group of women across geographic locations, and I think it’s also served to help broadcast women’s fandom in a much more accessible way. Women don’t need a publishing contract or a corporate sponsor to create and disseminate art and commentary about their fandom, it proletarianizes media and digital access.

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?

Summer of 1977, right after I turned 4, was the first time I saw Star Wars, and the following summer I saw it 10 times in the theater. Star Wars was definitely love at first viewing, I’ve talked with my mother about it and she’s said “Yeah, we offered you other summer activities, but all you wanted to do was see Star Wars.” And space fantasy is my favorite genre, I never got into Tolkien or D&D. I did love ST:TNG, but I was more in love with the social allegory than the sci fi aspect, although having said that I did have technical manuals for the Enterprise D, so that’s something.

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

I feel like Star Wars fans are some of the kindest fans I’ve ever met. I’ve been to three Celebrations, and at every one there’s this joy in attending and knowing that every human around you will happily engage in a conversation about Star Wars. The sort of posturing or “geek cred” thing I associate with Reddit or other forms of (predominantly male) fandom doesn’t come across to me so much in Star Wars fan community, and working on Looking for Leia I’ve been really moved by how women’s fandom shows up in their lives. Female Star Wars fans are hard core! I’m talking levels of geekdom preserved for sitcoms, we’re a deeply passionate, committed group. I’m queer-identified and I came out in 1987, so I’ve been an active member of LGBT community for quite sometime, and I’ve always relied on that community for mirroring and support and safety. But when I attended my first Star Wars Celebration, I felt more at home and among my people than I ever had before. I felt like I could show up fully, like I was understood and understood others, there was this comradery and this language, both spoken and unspoken, and it was just blissful. I remember coming home from Anaheim and having this sort of culture shock, it was jarring not to be sitting on a floor talking with people about Star Wars for seven hours a day. I also think Star Wars fans are unique in the way we can love a thing and also have multiple critiques of it and these things don’t cancel each other out. There’s a nice duality there, it’s very both/and: I love this thing; and I hate this thing; This is my favorite part; and this is the part I want to be done better.

I also love how so much of the Star Wars universe is fan created. Characters who are unnamed on film and have no lines get back stories and complex relationships in fandom, and this fandom informs canon and vice versa. So the creativity and love of story that Star Wars fans have is deeply inspiring to me, especially because I’m not a fiction writer or a narrative filmmaker, as a documentarian my work is about observation and consolidation more than creating something entirely new. So that sort of creativity is inspiring.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I’m a huge Disney fan, lifelong Disney fan, I live in Northern California but generally have an annual pass and make it to Anaheim several times a year. Next year for my 45th birthday, I’d like to go to Disneyland in Shanghai and Tokyo, and then I’ll have been to every Disney park in the world, and my mother and I have taken two Star Wars Day at Sea Disney cruises and are booked for our third next spring. I was really happy when Disney acquired Lucasfilm, I felt like these folks know how to take care of my childhood, and they’ve certainly proven that to be true. And I love that my two major fandoms now live in the same place, and I can wear head to toe Star Wars gear and be perfectly dressed for the parks! I joke with my partner that I’m basically a teenage boy, I only want to see Marvel and Star Wars movies, basically anything with super heroes or explosions in space, and I love sci fi and fantasy TV shows, and I never pass a comic store without going in. Because of “Looking for Leia” I’d say my Star Wars fandom, which is usually pretty central, is definitely occupying all of my bandwidth right now!

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

I think it’s funny how we gender things. Like droids, why do droids have gender? We assign qualities to gendered fandom that I think are arbitrary. Princesses are for everyone, and warriors are for everyone, and these can be two different categories or one category. Having said that, I love seeing how women show up in fandom, because one thing that is true of geeks is that we are often drawn to these stories of outsiders struggling to find their way in the world because they mirror our own struggles, our own sense of alienation and dreams of belonging and comradeship and heroism. Right now, my favorite thing in the world is how women have taken Claudia Gray’s concept of “Huttslayer” Leia from “Bloodline” and completely redefined the cosplay and character associated with “Slave Leia,” totally upending the male gaze and reclaiming the agency and self-determination of that character. To use a phrase I heard repeatedly when asking women about female characters in Star Wars, that’s badass.

What cool Fangirl related project or projects are you working on that you would like to share?

I am currently working on “Looking for Leia,” a documentary about Star Wars fangirls. Those that want to learn more or Fangirls interested in Getting Involved can visit www.annaliseophelian.com or www.lookingforleia.com!

Thanks again Annalise for answering these questions and letting us to get to know you and your fandom better.

Interview with a Fangirl: Nikky

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

Today, it is my pleasure to interview fellow fangirl, Nikky Winchester!

I first became aware of Nikky through her efforts to organize the NZ Leia Day, which is hoping to beat the World Record for ‘largest gathering of people dressed as princesses’.

Welcome Nikky 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 begin to realize you were a Fangirl?

Looking back, I’ve clearly been a Fangirl ever since I saw the original Star Wars at the age of 5. I have vivid memories of running around the playground as Leia (I had long hair). I also played “Han Solo’s young brother who was a Storm Trooper but was really on the Rebels’ side”. (As you might imagine, The Force Awakens made me very excited indeed!) The next thing to hit me was Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was first on the radio when I was 6. And the final nail in the coffin was discovering Tolkein and Asimov when I was 10. There was no hope for me after that! 😉

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Facebook (my social media of choice) has helped hugely. These days I’m living in Wellington, New Zealand (aka Middle Earth) and while it is an incredible place, there’s not a lot of people here, especially compared to London (the last place I lived). Knowing that whenever I open my phone or laptop I immediately plug into like-minded people across the world makes me feel connected to my tribe in a way that I never experienced as a child.

When did you first see Star Wars and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

Here’s my ages when I started loving the following:

    Star Wars – 5
    Hitchhikers Guide – 6
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture – 7 (I went to see this with my grandma and I remember being baffled that she was bored by it! I was utterly entranced. Ah, how easily a 7 year old is pleased.)
    Hobbit/LOTR books and Asimov: 10
    Narnia and Pern: 11 (I was probably a bit late to Narnia, but I fell hard and fast.)

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

What I love most about fandom is the inclusivity and openness (when fandom is done right, of course…). Going to Worldcons is such a liberating feeling – suddenly, I am surrounded by thousands of people *just like me*. Wow. It’s such a rush. Gets me every time.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Being an Laketowner in The Hobbit films 2 and 3 reignited my love for Tolkien, and has led to me producing some very silly Hobbit music videos. Our most popular, “Who the ‘ell is Tauriel?”, has gained over 40,000 views so far 🙂 We have a new one coming out soon, called “Rescued by Eagles” (a Beatles/Hobbit mashup!).

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

I went through some tricky periods as a child/teen when I was embarrassed to admit to my fangirliness, but in my 20s I learned to own it, because it’s an integral part of who I am, and why should I be ashamed of being myself? I am geek, and I am proud.

What cool Fangirl project or projects are you working on that you would like to share?

Apart from organising NZ Leia Day on 3 June (and I better not forget to sort out a costume for myself!!!), a Beatles/Middle Earth mash up video “Rescued by Eagles”, which is due out by the end of June, and a Star Wars music video (which I’m yet to start planning…) which will be out before Star Wars Ep 8 is released in December, it’s a quiet year 😉 Oh, and I’m in the process of creating a community hub and cafe for my village – not fangirly but it’s still going to be awesome.

Thanks again Nikky for answering these questions and letting us to get to know you and your fandom better.

Interview with a Fangirl: MandaTheGinger


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

Today, it is a great pleasure to interview fellow Fangirl, Amanda Cherry aka @MandaTheGinger on Twitter.

MandaTheGinger is an actor, author, mom, and nerd who recently returned to the Seattle area from a year abroad in Berlin, Germany. She’s a contributor to Tosche-Station.net who never misses the opportunity to extoll the many virtues of Princess Leia. I became aware of Manda through my interaction with her in the Star Wars Fan Community via Twitter.

Welcome Manda to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl. It is an honor that you took the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I think the first time I saw the term in use, I was like, “Hey, that’s me!” I’m super into the things I’m into, and I love that there’s such a thing as the FANGIRL moniker- I wear it with pride.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Oh, gosh… there’s a long story here. I’ve written fanfic since before that term had been coined, and years ago I was bullied out of a fandom by people who decided (for reasons unknown to me) that they didn’t want my writing on their website. That scared me away from engaging with fandom online AT ALL. Many years later, I had a fan (now friend) reading a Star Wars fic I wrote encourage me to come talk SW on Twitter. And I’m so glad she did! I started out following Pablo Hidalgo and it just grew from there. Now I follow and am friendly with several well-known Star Wars personalities and bloggers, have had articles published, am a contributor to Tosche-Station.net and the Thrawncast, and ChairPrincess of the Carrie Fisher Memorial gala during Celebration Orlando. All of that is thanks to Twitter. I was even able to trade tweets and be friendly with Carrie Fisher before she passed. Had it not been for social media, that could never have happened. I absolutely credit the online community of Star Wars fans and pros for the awesomeness that is my life these days.

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?

You can probably look up exactly what year this was, but my guess is that it was 1984 or so. We had HBO at home and they were showing all three Star Wars films back-to-back-to-back. My mom had it on while I was playing and I looked at the TV just in time to catch the speeder bike chase in ROTJ. And there, on my TV, was a lady – with flawlessly braided hair – out-shooting and out-flying these guys who were clearly professional soldiers. And I was enthralled. I said something to my mom about it, and she told me, “That’s Princess Leia.” Now, can you imagine a more exciting thing to a 4 year-old girl than that? SHE’S A PRINCESS!!!???!!! That was the greatest thing ever. I sat and watched the rest of the film only to learn that she also has THE POTENTIAL FOR MAGICAL POWERS!! And thus began my life-long love of Leia Organa.

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 fandom is what you make of it, that there are good and bad people with good intentions and bad intentions anywhere you care to venture, and that maintaining a good circle of positive, inclusive, trustworthy people is key to happiness. These are all lessons that have come out of fandom and made everything in life better.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Although Star Wars pretty much takes up my life right now, I’m also into other things. I’m a big fan of Star Trek- The Next Generation being my absolute favorite of the properties. I was even part of a Star Trek fan series years ago. And I’m a Harry Potter fangirl as well. I spent five months working at Harry Potter: The Exhibition, and it was the best job ever. I’m a poster girl for Slytherin- I even coach the Slytherin team during the Rat City Rollergirl’s Hitditch Cup!

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

We fangirls need to stick together. Seriously. When I see or hear women in fandom tearing each other down it really bothers me. There are enough things in this world that work against women that we’re not doing anyone any good when we turn on each other. Disagreements can and will happen, but in the end women in fandom need to have each other’s backs.

Anything else you want to share with us that is coming up soon?

I am the ChairPrincess of the Drowning In Moonlight gala honoring the life of Carrie Fisher during Star Wars Celebration Orlando. During Celebration, I will be onstage as moderator of the anti-bullying panel on the Star Wars University stage and a performer in “Whose Line is it, Alderaan?”.

Thanks again Manda for taking the time from your very busy schedule to answer these questions.

Interview with a Fangirl: Hansi


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

Today, it is a great pleasure to interview fellow Fangirl, Hansi.

I became aware of Hansi through her interactions with fellow Fangirls via Facebook and Twitter while she when she first started working on Squee!

Welcome Hansi to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl. It is an honor that you took the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

My Post Producer, Chinisha Scott cosplaying as our logo Troubled Girl and myself at NYCC.

Chinisha Scott cosplaying as our logo Troubled Girl and myself at NYCC.

I think I’ve always been a Fangirl, I remember getting a autographed Adam West Batman photo as a little kid but BTVS was the first TV fandom where I had to collect all the DVD sets, action figures, trading cards and trade paperbacks. It was the fandom that first led me to the message boards and I discovered I had a NEED to have that show and everything about that world as a part of my life.

Cecilia Tan describes that need to interact with a media property really well in our pilot episode. That need is not just about the media -it’s also about you -its a reciprocal thing, it speaks to a need you have and helps you become who you are.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media has been a huge help. I’ve made so many close IRL friends via social media. There’s a great community of fans around all of the shows I love; Supernatural, Preacher, Penny Dreadful, Whedonverse, AHS, TWD. We are always in contact discussing our shows, or planning meet ups, organizing for activism or supporting each other’s projects or just being there for each other emotionally.

Initially, I planned on making Squee! a feature documentary but I think thats almost an outdated medium, especially for fandom. We realized that releasing it as a web series was a much more direct way of reaching our audience.

I wish I had thought of it sooner. I’ve been shooting since 2012 so we could have been a few years into the series now. It also really gives us the freedom to make short episodes on all different topics within fandom and get immediate feedback. You know, most no budget indie documentaries take many, many years to shoot, post produce and then start screening so it takes years before you can get any kind of feedback. We’re currently working on a series of shorts about fan works starting with cosplay, then fanfic, crafting, etc.

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 fell into Buffy The Vampire Slayer because I was working as a satellite feed operator at a post house and they ran the feed for whatever Buffy was on -UPN or WB at the time so I saw it every week while I was working and somewhere along the line I remember thinking “Wait, what is going on here?” And I was hooked. It was already the start of the 5th season so I had to go back and start at the beginning of the series and watch them in order. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched them. For years whenever I was having a hard time in my life, I’d hibernate and watch a Buffy mini-marathon and cry my eyes out and then come out feeling better and stronger. That’s what Buffy gave me. And I’ve loved Joss Whedon ever since. In fact, I passed him on the street a few years ago in NYC. It wouldn’t have been appropriate to stop him but I did catch his eye and said “Joss, I love you!” and without missing a beat he said “I love you too. Huge squee moment!

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 made so many wonderful friends all over the world. I’ve gotten huge support for my Squee project. I’ve learned so much and been empowered and accepted. Fandom is an amazing community, but as my co-creator Lynn Zubernis says, it’s not perfect, we’re still human and there are shipping wars and rivalries but for the most part it’s the most welcoming community I’ve ever experienced.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I’m a huge horror geek, I’m an acafan and love meta, there are tons of shows, Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Sherlock, X-Files, Hannibal, and lots of creators; Bryan Fuller, Whedon, Tarantino, Coen Brothers, B-movies, podcasts. I’m a huge pop culture Fangirl. There are just so many things!

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

That being a Fangirl is one of the best things you can be. It’s empowering to be able to say I love these things. It makes you want to create. You take that passion and use to it for whatever, writing fanfic, crafting, interviewing, podcasting, research, memes-whatever. Fangirling is all about love and that’s a positive and beautiful thing.

Please share more about #TeamSquee and the Fangirl Web series, Squee! 

Presenting our panel at Emerald City Comic Con with (from Left) Tea-bery Blue, Myself, Julie Hegner from On Wednesdays We Wear Capes, Jessica Mason, contributing writer to The Mary Sue, my co-creator Lynn Zubernis author of Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls.

Presenting our panel at Emerald City Comic Con with (from Left) Tea-bery Blue, Myself, Julie Hegner from On Wednesdays We Wear Capes, Jessica Mason, contributing writer to The Mary Sue, my co-creator Lynn Zubernis author of Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls.

#TeamSquee is my crew and we are:

Hansi Oppenheimer (Producer/Director): I’m most well known as the Creator of the feature documentary Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements. The film is the history of the band as told by their fans. Prior to that I made a short documentary about love spells called Riding The Broom that was picked up by Universal’s online site, Hypnotic.

Dr. Lynn Zubernis (Co-Writer & Co-Producer): Lynn is well known in the Supernatural fan community for her excellent books on fandom and her coverage of conventions.

Chinisha Scott (Post Producer and Editor): Chinisha is a filmmaker and educator. She leads the Young Women of Cinema Program at DCTV in New York– a program that assists young women to digest and understand the gravity of representation in the media, as the participants create their own original projects.

Devon Halley (Bonus Episode Editor) A professional editor, he works at Jove.com. He helped me on the original presentation we did to get Color Me Obsessed made.

We’ve also had invaluable assistance along the way from the hundreds of fangirls who we have interviewed, helped us to transcribe hours & hours of footage, given us feedback on rough cuts, cosplayed as our logo Troubled Girl, bought t-shirts and mugs, and helped spread the word. Gingerhouse created our logo cosplay costume based on an original drawing by artist Jane Russell.

Where can other Fangirls learn more about Squee?

Episodes of Squee are available on Youtube at no cost and more episodes will be posted here when they are available.

We’re currently touring at conventions screening Squee and presenting panels about being a Fangirl. Our next appearance is at http://www.newenglandsupermegafest.com in Marlborough Mass ‪on Saturday 4/8 11am-12pm‬. You can also find out more by visiting our Patreon support page https://www.patreon.com/SqueeFanGirlProject, Twitter @troubledgirl, Facebook/ and Tumblr.

Thank you again so much Hansi I really appreciate it! Also good luck with your Fangirl project Squee!

Interview with a Fangirl: Kat


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

Today, it is a great pleasure to interview fellow Fangirl, Kat.

Kat is a college senior, hoping to pursue a career in the film industry after graduation. She adores movies, tv, and all things scifi. She writes regularly on these topics for her school newspaper.  I became aware of Kat through my interaction with her through both the Star Wars and Doctor Who Fan Communities.

Welcome Kat to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl. It is an honor that you took the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.

When do you realize you were a Fangirl?

I think in some ways I was always a fangirl. I have a naturally obsessive and passionate personality for better or worse. I never really channeled it into positive outlets until a few years ago when I fell in love with science fiction. I’d always avoided a lot of it because I’m afraid of space and I figured it would upset me. But it turns out it does the complete opposite, and I’ve found lots of inspiration from it instead. I realized I’d officially turned into a fangirl when I showed up to the theater premiere of Doctor Who series 8 dressed in Doctor Who gear from head to toe and my friend had to tell me to “turn down.” (I haven’t turned down, not even a little).

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Oh gosh social media has been the best. It’s sometimes hard to find people in person who like the same things to the same degree. I mean lots of people like stuff, but not as many live and breathe the stuff they like. That’s where Tumblr and Twitter come in, for me. There’s always a community of people on there that is passionate about the same things. There’s always someone eager to discuss the fresh news on our favorite franchises. Oh and the memes. The memes are incredible.

Kat with the late Carrie Fisher

Kat with the late Carrie Fisher

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 grew up on Star Wars. I made up songs about it as a little kid and forced my family to listen to my terrible rhymes. As I grew up, I lost touch with fandom. I had a lot of issues with mental health as a teenager and young adult which took precedence. But as I got better a few years ago, I came back to fangirling and now it’s basically my life. I still adore Star Wars, and fall more in love with it with each new release. I’m a big Trekkie, which is probably my hardest fandom to find in person friends for. Marvel is my most recent obsession. I love most science fiction and fantasy things, but those are the ones that I obsess over most. A lot of times I’ll see something for the first time and like it, but I won’t get hooked until the second watch.

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

The greatest impact being in these fan communities has had on me is on my confidence. There used to be so much shame surrounding being a fangirl. I spent a while being too ashamed to talk about the things I loved. But being in touch with these communities both in person and through the internet has taught me to be proud of my passions. I no longer hesitate to divulge my interests when asked and I even start my own conversations about it now. And being able to do that has allowed me to make friends more easily. I wear all kinds of geeky clothing, which can be a really useful conversation starter. I also go to cons and am developing my cosplay skills. Attending a con is one of the greatest feelings of acceptance I’ve ever felt. Everyone there is on your team. I always try to carry that out into the real world when I leave.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I’m really into movie scores and I fangirl about my favorite scores and composers. I can get quite worked up about it.

Where can other Fangirls connect with you? 

You can find me on Twitter or Instagram @moviescoregirl.

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