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The Secular Religion of Fandom: Pop Culture Pilgrim
Media pilgrimage has become a booming business in the 21st century. Fans of television shows, rock groups and books flock to places associated with their favorite series, artist or writer, trying to embody and perhaps understand what inspired the beloved piece of work, and, more importantly, to cobble together their own personal identity, seeking meaning in an ever-more di ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published November 28th 2015 by Sage Publications Ltd
(first published February 14th 2015)
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This is a slim book that I thought was going to be rather straightforward and, thus, hopefully very useful and erudite in articulating some theoretical ideas relating to popular culture, fandom, and religion. But instead the book is really an odd sort of semi-scholarly travelogue that ends up going nowhere. After a fantastically thorough introduction, the chapters are rambling profiles of various sites related to literary and other fictional properties as a way of exploring fan pilgrimages and i ...more
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