: THE FANGIRLS :
- By Ren
Film & Horror guru / Fangirl Mag Editor / Johnny Depp aficionado / Freddy Kruger sycophant
Jessica Dwyer started the Fangirling at a young age. Baptized in many a genre by a sister who had tons of Vampirellas sitting about as well as local Creature Feature every Friday night on PBS, Jessica didn’t stand a chance of turning out normal. This is something for which she is thankful for everyday of her life.
Growing up in Southern Illinois, Jessica’s love for all things weird and wonderful left her with a slight case of being the outsider, but she had ways of coping. Most of these entailed movies like Nightmare on Elm Street and The Lost Boys. She read Clive Baker while other read Sweet Valley High. Her path was set.
Jessica started up Fangirl Magazine to celebrate the female fans of the world and the things that they love. It’s not just the Fanboys out there, and the gals should have a chance to be heard.
Jessica recommends that you watch these films:
Fantasy: Pan’s Labyrinth – Del Toro and Doug Jones at their best. I want my own faun.
Horror: Anything with Christopher Lee as Dracula. He doesn’t sparkle and he was first. Yes Twihards, there were vampires before Stephanie Meyer, and they aren’t always so nice. But they are FAR sexier.
Sci-Fi: District 9 - Yes I’m madly in love with Sharlto Copley. And after watching this you will be too. If you haven’t seen this then you should have your head examined. Best Sci-Fi movie of the last 10 years easily.
Jessica recommends that you watch these tv shows:
Dark Shadows – All time baby. So much was inspired by this and Barnabas was the first vampire hero. THE FIRST.
American Gothic – Creepy and amazing. This show got shafted much like Firefly. Sam Raimi and Shaun Cassidy created one of the coolest anti-hero’s ever in the form of Gary Cole as Lucas Buck.
The Nightstalker – Another inspiring series that only made it one season. The Nightstalker would beget The X-files. They tried to remake this a few years ago, and failed miserably as they missed the point entirely. Watch the original.
Jessica also recommends that you read:
Beauty by Robin Mckinley. There have been TONS of redo’s on the Beauty and the Beast legend, but this is by far the best. The Beauty in this story has brains and her Beast has a library that can magically contain every book ever written or ones that haven’t been written yet. It’s one of my favorite books of all time, simply because the Beauty in this story seems more real than any that came before her or after. I love this book. And yes, I was three years old when the book was written.
Sci-Fi & Comedy guru / Webmaster / no-good internet-addicted wastrel / Cillian Murphy acolyte / Hiddlestoner / Boosh fan / science nerd / godless heathen
Ren is the newest and least talented FanGirl. A Trekkie from early childhood who refuses to call herself ‘Trekker’ cause it sounds dumb. Watched Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in the theatre as an infant in ’83 (the parents also attended at her insistence), since that day her destiny as a Sci-Fi fan was writ.
Also loves comedy of the stand-up and musical variety, particularly Tim Minchin who you might find she talks about a little too much.
Featured articles by Ren:
Cranky Fangirl Rant: Doctor Who + sex = Crap!
Ren recommends that you watch:
-Sunshine (Cillian Murphy mmmmmmm :] and SCIENCE!)
-The Mighty Boosh
-28 Days Later
Ren also recommends that you read:
-The Earthsea trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin
-A Hole in Space by Larry Niven
-anything by Ray Bradbury or Carl Sagan
Rachel T Moore
Fantasy and Indie guru / Sidekick to the Editor / Crafty Fangirl / Mistress of Etsy / Princess of Pinterst
Rachel joined Fangirl as a comic/music reviewer and we haven’t been able to shake her since. Rachel’s mind is weirdly attuned to pop culture and knows the names and work histories of some truly obscure character actors. She likes music that’s lyric heavy and books with pictures in them. Her perfect Sunday afternoon includes graphic novels, a cuppa PG Tips with milk, and her cats in the Fangirl Cave Beta watching Ivory Coast films.
Rachel recommends that you watch these films:
Fantasy: Labyrinth, Hellboy 2 , Stardust , The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Amelie, LadyHawke, Big Fish, Pan’s Labyrinth… the list goes on. If it’s directed by Terry Gilliam, Michel Gondry or has 80′s keytar in it (I’m lookin’ at you, Legend), I probably love it.
Horror: “I’m not the horror fangirl!”, but Guillermo Del Toro movies as well as anything suspense rather than gore based. I like Repo! The Genetic Opera. The Cabin In The Woods, as well as The Rise of Leslie Vernon; Behind the Mask, because they both play with the genre. Fright Night, the original AND the remake. Jennifer’s Body.
Sci-Fi: Moon (Sam Rockwell is awesome in it), Brazil, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Primer, Wrath of Khan (of course), Pitch Black, Limitless, Serenity (only after watching all of Firefly), Dune, Stargate
Rachel recommends that you watch these tv shows:
Community: Six season and a movie! Watch from the beginning and pay attention.
Sherlock (BBC): Umm, Benedict Cumberbatch. Do you need another reason?
Supernatural : My secret guilty pleasure
Rachel also recommends these comics:
Sandman, Fables, the Unwritten, Books of Magic, House of Mysteries, Hellblazer, Tank Girl
Rachel also recommends that you read:
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Harumi Murikami
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The “Thursday Next” Series by Jasper Fford
Any “Discworld” book by Terry Pratchett
Rachel on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rachel.fangirl
Fangirl Mag Cartoonist/Genre Film Freebaser/Byronic Hero Junkie
Daniela saw STAR WARS in theaters when it first came out…dubbed in Italian. Yes, she was tiny, but that didn’t stop the tide of Fangirlism from engulfing her then, and she’s been a film and television sci-nerd, old-school anime’ lover and occasional horror watcher (if she can laugh at it).
Her work used to show up in PLAYBOY’s online edition, in the Rouze section. You can probably find it, if you search the internet archives! Otherwise, she’s illustrated for many a blogger and several Twitterers, and is currently designing ‘toons, avatars, and illlustrations for various fan-related web ventures.