Fame and Fandom

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Pub Date 29 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 29 Nov 2022
University of Iowa Press, University Of Iowa Press

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POPULAR CULTURE / MEDIA STUDIES

Celebrities depend upon fans to sustain their popularity and livelihood, and fans are happy to oblige. With social media they can follow their favorite (or least favorite) celebrities’ every move, and get glimpses into their lives, homes, and behind-the-scenes work. Fans interact with celebrities now more than ever, and often feel that they have a claim on their time, attention, and accountability. In Fame and Fandom, the contributors examine this tumultuous dynamic and bring together celebrity studies and fan studies like never before.

In case studies including Supernatural, Harry Styles, YouTube influencers, film location sites, Keanu Reeves, and celebrities as fans, readers find new approaches to fan/celebrity encounters and parasocial relationships. This is the go-to volume on the symbiotic relationship between fame and fandom.
 

POPULAR CULTURE / MEDIA STUDIES

Celebrities depend upon fans to sustain their popularity and livelihood, and fans are happy to oblige. With social media they can follow their favorite (or least...


Advance Praise

“Too often fame and fandom have been studied as separate or discrete phenomena. In this groundbreaking edited collection not only are they powerfully brought together, but their manifestations and mutations are explored in both on and offline spaces. Transnational and contemporaneous in nature, with a wonderful set of case studies, Fame and Fandom will be on every serious celebrity and fandom scholar’s bookshelves by the end of the year.”—Sean Redmond, Deakin University

“I was highly impressed by this book and its scope, focus, and standard of scholarship. The research here asks new questions, vitally challenging some of the assumptions and work that has come before. Overall, this work makes a beautifully strong and valuable contribution to fan and celebrity studies.”—Lucy Bennett, Cardiff University

“Too often fame and fandom have been studied as separate or discrete phenomena. In this groundbreaking edited collection not only are they powerfully brought together, but their manifestations and...


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PAGES 248

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(my Goodreads review below)

If you’re like me, someone not working in the field of celebrity studies but interested in the history and anthropological meaning of celebrity-fan interactions around the world, this book is the best resource out there. Fame and Fandom covers not only the fan culture of film celebrities but also sports stars and online influencers, even going so far as to discuss what happens when a celebrity actually participates in fan culture rather than being the object of it.

The culture of fandom shapes both the celebrities’ experience of fame (i.e how they’re perceived and even how much they can excel in their field) and their impact on the world (there is a whole chapter centering on the charitable campaigns of the cast of Supernatural, on which the fans were an enormous influence). It can be dense reading at times for the layman, but the research is really fascinating.

Something I appreciated about this book was that it didn’t just focus on American fan and celebrity culture; this research spans the globe, from the film megastars of China to the reigning YouTube celebrities of Brazil. It’s a well rounded approach to the subject and a great introduction to the field of celebrity studies.

A big thank you to NetGalley and University of Iowa Press for sharing a galley with me.

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