What is a “fangirl”?

Urban Dictionary defines it as:

A rabid breed of human female who is obsessed with either a fictional character or an actor. Similar to the breed of fanboy. Fangirls congregate at anime conventions and livejournal. Have been known to glomp, grope, and tackle when encountering said obsessions.

While Dictionary.com says:

An obsessive female fan, especially of something technological or from popular culture.

I agree with both. Dictionary.com’s version seems to be awfully vague, while Urban Dictionary only peeks at a certain type of lady nerds. I consider fangirls to be ladies who find themselves enthusiastic about things. We just really like things, all sorts of them! I know that I love Harry Potter, above all else. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have room for a serious love of Star Wars, Disney, or Harley Quinn. I like a lot of stuff.

And that’s okay!

Back to Urban Dictionary, I have been to conventions. I do enjoy a good hug (though I’ve never been able to truly handle a full glomp), and I have been known to touch my friends’ butts. That doesn’t mean every fangirl is like me though. When it all boils down, we’re just people. We’re unique. We’re also usually excitable and we may not like big groups, but I know that I feel quite the connection when I meet a fellow member of the dikrats.

But maybe that’s just me.

12 thoughts on “What is a “fangirl”?

  1. I agree with both as well, although I know the definitions on Urban Dictionary tend to be exaggerated. I like the idea of a fangirl as someone who takes an active interest in something technological or fantastical. I myself, freaking love me some Batman. I also love Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, and Robert Heinlein. I don’t like the idea that a fangirl is less than a fanboy. We have overlapping interests, therefore, we are equal!

    Great post! Looking forward to reading more 🙂

    Also, love meeting a fellow fan of Quinn. She is sooooo awesome!

    • Oh my goodness, the things I could (and will) write on inequalities between fanboys and fangirls. I’m not a big fan of the whole “girls are all fake nerds” stereotype. Ugh. It disgusts me.

      I’m glad you like Harley. She’s my absolute favorite, and she’s the true portrait of a fangirl!

      • I’ve dealt with a lot of that attitude before. Just the other night, my boyfriend and I had people over and one of our guests (a guy) noticed my comic book collection. He said to my boyfriend “Oh wow, great collection!” in which case I stepped in and said “yeah they’re all mine.” It got really awkward after that… lol

      • People can be ridiculous. I saw that you are starting Scott Pilgrim, what do you think? That was my first graphic novel. What else do you read?

        It’s great that you stuck up for your collection though. I’d probably just get mad.

      • I read a ridiculous amount of Batman. Right now I’m reading No Man’s Land volume 4.
        I like Scott Pilgrim a lot so far! Especially because I live in Toronto, so I appreciate all of the city references.
        All-time favourites though are The Killing Joke, The Long Halloween, and Catwoman: When in Rome.
        I also really like Wolverine comics, Archie, and The Amazing Spier-Man.

      • I’m getting into Batman now. I read mostly about Gotham characters but I’m trying to branch out. I’m a huuuuuuuge Disnerd and I just adore fairy tales so I’m also hooked on Fables.

        I definitely need to branch out more. I’ve read the Killing Joke and The Long Halloween. I really enjoyed both, but the amount of villains in TLH was fantastic.

        Have you read Hush? That’s a great one too.

      • Hush is another favourite mine!
        I haven’t read any of the Fables series yet, but it sounds like it’s worth checking out. I’m not much of a Disnerd. I tend to like some grit with my comics, so maybe Fables would have something for me.

      • Wonderful.
        Fables isn’t really Disney, its more fairytales in general. Its about classic fairy tales being forced out of their Homelands into New York City, and how they have to adapt and deal with normal people. There are parts about war; there’s love, sex, and money. I think it covers all of the basics, hahaha.

  2. I am a(over 50 year old) fangirl.I like technology, anime. science fiction and fantasy.Right now I m interested in the Raspberry Pi,which is a small, fully functional,inexpensive computer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi
    For Anime I like Wolf Children( I am unsure if this is out yet as a dvd or not.) I got to see its world Premier at Otakon(http://www.otakon.com) earlier this year. The story is very good and the animation is fabulous!For science fiction and fantasy,I currently have two favorite authors : Lois Mcmaster Bujold and Brandon Sanderson.Ms Bujold was on a book tour earlier this year and made a pit stop at Flights of Fantasy book store(http://www.fof.net),Yes, I got her to sign a few of my books!I am currently thinking about attending Albacon in 2015(http://www.albacon.org) as they will be hosting The world fantasy con in Saratoga!

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