Emphasising the contradictions of fandom, Matt Hills outlines how media fans have been conceptualised in cultural theory. Drawing on case studies of specific fan groups, from Elvis impersonators to X-Philes and Trekkers, Hills discusses a range of approaches to fandom, from the Frankfurt School to psychoanalytic readings, and asks whether the development of new media creates the possibility of new forms of fandom. Fan Cultures also explores the notion of "fan cults" or followings, considering how media fans perform the distinctions of 'cult' status.
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Inspiring academic book on fans - it presses the reader to think about suitable conceptual and theoretical frameworks to think through the social phenomenon of contemporary cult audiences.
A terrible book by a terrible writer. And worse, one who pompously seeks to constantly paint himself as being above those that he writes about, never missing a chance to tell you how clever he is, and how much better his views and analysis are than those lesser beings that he lowers himself to write about.
A writer of snivelling contempt and heavy handed elitism poorly masked as 'analysis', presented in the vain hope that the lowly reader won't understand the difference. So, basically, a pompous hatchet job. And not even an entertainingly written one at that.
I suggest you save your money.