What is a Fangirl?

I’ve had so many people ask me that very question, that it’s not even funny. Most seem to think that a fangirl is a shallow, petty teenager, whose only purpose in life is to squeal about hot guys. For some, that is the case. They put a bad name on us real fangirls. I’ll start out with the 5 basics, like finding a fangirl, and caring for her once you find her.

1. Know what you’re looking for.

A fangirl is a female, usually between the ages of 13 and 19. Fangirls are simply normal teen girls that have an obsession with a certain TV show, celebrity, movie, or book.

2. Know the lingo.

Ship – To endorse a romantic relationship between two people. Example: I ship Peeta and Katniss so hard!

OTP – One True Pairing. Example: Amy and Rory are my OTP!

Fanfic – Short for fanfiction. A story about fictional characters written by a fan.

Headcanon – An idea of the story that is not specifically mentioned in the media itself, but is accepted by the fans. A headcanon becomes canon if it is confirmed by the author or director.

Squee – A high-pitched scream delivered by a fangirl, usually provoked by something fictional.

Fandom – A kingdom of fans is the best way to put it, I suppose.

Feels – Highly obsessive feelings so strong that you literally have a feeling siezure.

Fanart – Art relating to the fandom.

Fanvids – Videos about the characters made using original clips, usually set to music.

GIF – (Graphic Interface Format) A soundless animation played on a loop.

3.  The “must” or “need” syndrome.

I must see that concert! I need that t-shirt! These sentences often pop up in fangirls’ conversations. Note: These words are taken out of context, and should not be taken literally.

4. Things you must never say to a fangirl. (If you value your life.)

Fangirls can become highly aggressive creatures, if provoked, so out of pure concern for my non-fangirl readers, I compiled a list of no-nos.

– You do know he’s not real, right?

– Do you ever stop talking about him?

– I think he’s ugly.

– (Insert name of fandom here) is boring!

5. Social Media.

Pinterest, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google +, the list could go on forever. These are how fangirls stay connected and informed, take away the media, and the fan and the girl will be separated, resulting in a normal, boring teenager.