Playing Fans: Negotiating Fandom and Media in the Digital Age

Author:   Paul Booth
Publisher:   University of Iowa Press
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9781609383190


Pages:   240
Publication Date:   28 February 2015
Format:   Paperback
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Fans are everywhere: from Fifty Shades of Grey to Veronica Mars, from Comic-Con to sitcom, from niche to Geek Chic, fans are becoming the most visible and important audience of the twenty-first century. For years the media industries ignored fans and fan activities, but now they're paying attention and a lot of money to develop a whole new wave of products intended to harness the power of fandom. What impact do such corporate media efforts have on fan practice and fan identities? And are the media industries actually responding to fans as fans want them to? In Playing Fans, Paul Booth argues that the more attention entertainment businesses pay to fans, the more mainstream fans have become popularized. But such mainstreaming ignores important creative fan work and tries to channel fandom into activities lucrative for the companies. Offering a new approach to the longstanding debate about the balance between manipulation and subversion in popular culture, the author argues that we can understand the current moment best through the concepts of pastiche and parody. This sophisticated alternative to conceiving of fans as either dupes of the media industry or rebels against it takes the discussion of transformative and affirmative fandom in a productive new direction. With nuanced analyses of the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, the representations of fans in TV shows like Community and films like Fanboys, SuperWhoLock fans' use of gifs, and the similarities in discussions of slash fandom and pornographic parody films, this book reveals how fans borrow media techniques and media industries mimic fan activities. Just as the entertainment industry needs fans to succeed, so too do fans need-and desire-the media, and they represent their love through gif fics, crowdfunding, and digital cosplay. Everyone who wants to understand how consumers are making themselves at home in the brave new world being built by the contemporary media should read this book.

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Author:   Paul Booth
Publisher:   University of Iowa Press
Imprint:   University of Iowa Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.00cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.363kg
ISBN:  

9781609383190


ISBN 10:   1609383192
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   28 February 2015
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Playing Fans offers close analysis of several intriguing case studies that demonstrate how fans and producers meet in complex and conflict-ridden ways.... Booth's focus on spaces and productions where professional and amateur creation meet and overlap makes an especially important intervention. --Alexis Lothian, University of Maryland, College Park Playing Fans is a thoughtful and important book which will provoke debate and which will, crucially, move analysis on in relation to 'transformative' fandom. --Matt Hills, Aberystwyth University Playing Fans offers close analysis of several intriguing case studies that demonstrate how fans and producers meet in complex and conflict-ridden ways. Booth s focus on spaces and productions where professional and amateur creation meet and overlap makes an especially important intervention. Alexis Lothian, University of Maryland, College Park Playing Fans is a thoughtful and important book which will provoke debate and which will, crucially, move analysis on in relation to transformative fandom. Matt Hills, Aberystwyth University Playing Fans offers close analysis of several intriguing case studies that demonstrate how fans and producers meet in complex and conflict-ridden ways.... Booth's focus on spaces and productions where professional and amateur creation meet and overlap makes an especially important intervention. --Alexis Lothian, University of Maryland, College Park Playing Fans is a thoughtful and important book which will provoke debate and which will, crucially, move analysis on in relation to 'transformative' fandom. --Matt Hills, Aberystwyth University


Playing Fans offers close analysis of several intriguing case studies that demonstrate how fans and producers meet in complex and conflict-ridden ways.... Booth's focus on spaces and productions where professional and amateur creation meet and overlap makes an especially important intervention. --Alexis Lothian, University of Maryland, College Park Playing Fans is a thoughtful and important book which will provoke debate and which will, crucially, move analysis on in relation to 'transformative' fandom. --Matt Hills, Aberystwyth University -Playing Fans offers close analysis of several intriguing case studies that demonstrate how fans and producers meet in complex and conflict-ridden ways.... Booth's focus on spaces and productions where professional and amateur creation meet and overlap makes an especially important intervention.---Alexis Lothian, University of Maryland, College Park -Playing Fans is a thoughtful and important book which will provoke debate and which will, crucially, move analysis on in relation to 'transformative' fandom.---Matt Hills, Aberystwyth University Playing Fans offers close analysis of several intriguing case studies that demonstrate how fans and producers meet in complex and conflict-ridden ways. Booth s focus on spaces and productions where professional and amateur creation meet and overlap makes an especially important intervention. Alexis Lothian, University of Maryland, College Park Playing Fans is a thoughtful and important book which will provoke debate and which will, crucially, move analysis on in relation to transformative fandom. Matt Hills, Aberystwyth University Playing Fans offers close analysis of several intriguing case studies that demonstrate how fans and producers meet in complex and conflict-ridden ways.... Booth's focus on spaces and productions where professional and amateur creation meet and overlap makes an especially important intervention. --Alexis Lothian, University of Maryland, College Park Playing Fans is a thoughtful and important book which will provoke debate and which will, crucially, move analysis on in relation to 'transformative' fandom. --Matt Hills, Aberystwyth University


Playing Fans offers close analysis of several intriguing case studies that demonstrate how fans and producers meet in complex and conflict-ridden ways.... Booth's focus on spaces and productions where professional and amateur creation meet and overlap makes an especially important intervention. --Alexis Lothian, University of Maryland, College Park


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Paul Booth is an associate professor at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is the author of Digital Fandom: New Media Studies and Time on TV: Temporal Displacement and Mashup Television, and the editor of Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who. His research interests include fandom, popular culture, cult media, technology, and time travel.

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