Fandom At The Crossroads

Fandom At The Crossroads

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Fandom At The Crossroads: Celebration, Shame and Fan/Producer Relationships is an in-depth exploration of the reciprocal relationship between a groundbreaking cult television show and its equally groundbreaking fandom. For the past six years the authors have inhabited the close-knit fan communities of the television show Supernatural, engaging in criticism and celebration, reading and writing fanfiction, and attending fan conventions. Their close relationships within the community allow an intimate behind-the-scenes examination of fan psychology, passion, motivation, and shame. The authors also speak directly to the creative side in order to understand what fuels the passionate reciprocal relationship Supernatural has with its fans, and to interrogate the reality of fansa€™ fears and shame. As they go behind the scenes and onto the sets to talk with Supernaturala€™s showrunners, writers, and actors, the authors struggle to negotiate a hybrid identity as a€œaca-fansa€. Fangirls one moment, a€œlegitimatea€ researchers the next, the boundaries often blur. Their repeated breaking of the fan/creative side boundary is mirrored in Supernaturala€™s reputation for fourth wall breaking, which has attracted journalistic coverage everywhere from Entertainment Weekly to the New York Times. Written with humor and irreverence, Stalking Fandom combines an innovative theorizing of fandom and popular culture, which will be useful in a variety of courses, with a behind-the-scenes story that anyone whoa€™s ever been a fan or wondered why others are fans will find fascinating.going into a Supernatural community and suggesting that a#39;67 Chevy Impalas are lame) (Shirky 2003). Sex, defense, and something to worshipa€”No wonder therea#39;s so much wank in fandom! At times, number one seems to take precedenceanbsp;...

Title:Fandom At The Crossroads
Author:Katherine Larsen, Lynn Zubernis
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2011-11-15


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