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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, ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Anna
Jun 18, 2013 Anna rated it liked it
In this book Lynn Zubernis and Katherine Larsen set out to explore modern fan culture and the dynamics of shame within such a community, while straddling the difficult line between being fans themselves, and academics - so-called aca-fans.

Reading as a particapatory fan, it's interesting to see your fandom exposed from a new angle, and there are many points about why we do what we do, that I hadn't considered before - for example, how shaming slash writers might be a continuation of the pervaili
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Dec 25, 2016 Em rated it really liked it
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I feel this book requires an in-depth knowledge of Supernatural; people who are not fans of the show will often be excluded by the examples that assume a deep level of knowledge.

Much of the book relates to fanfiction, particularly "Wincest" and slash fiction. I'm not a reader or writer of fanfiction, but it was interesting to read about. I don't really understand the shame felt by some fanfic creators and consumers, and this book helped me to better get it. At the Supernatural convention I atten
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Annabel
Jan 02, 2014 Annabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I’m always fascinated about what’s going on in te mind of people and to get the chance to combine that with my other love: Supernatural I just knew I had to read this book.

I loved reading it, to get an insight into the mind of the fans but also read about what the actors and the creative people behind the series think about fans. People have a strong opinion about you when you tell them you’re a fan of something. Reading this book gives you insight in everything about fandom, it’s a really good
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Amanda Lynn
Apr 04, 2013 Amanda Lynn rated it it was amazing
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I might be a little biased, seeing as I'm cited as a source and quoted within the text (and I'm friendly with the authors both in fandom and academia), but honestly, this is one of the best "aca-fan" texts I've ever read. I think the authors managed to pull off something very few other aca-fan authors have: the perfect amount of distance from the subject. Too many authors try to place themselves completely outside the fandom sphere, and it results in an awkwardly clinical and often inaccurate, i ...more
Vickie
Sep 07, 2012 Vickie rated it it was amazing
A must read for all of you who have ever lived and breathed in fandom! Most of my books are divided into two categories...those I display in my office and those I hide in my bedroom. But at last, this one belongs in both collections! Lynn Zubernis and Katherine Larsen explore the crossroads between their academic exploration of fandom and their fangirl status in the realm of the CW's "Supernatural." Certainly I'm biased, as this is a duality with which I also struggle, but I think folks on both ...more
rebecca
Feb 08, 2017 rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Catching up on some tangential lit since I don't really do fandom studies, getting ready for our SPN panel next month at the International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts.
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Just ordered this online. So excited!
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