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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Review: Fan CulturesUser Review - Heatherblakely - Goodreads
This was more of an overview of theories on fan culture than I wanted it to be. I wish there had been more of Hill's own opinions, research, and theories than there was. Read full review
Review: Fan CulturesUser Review - vylit - Goodreads
Hills' book deals little with fandom and members of fandom. Fan Cultures is aa critique of other theorists who have written about fandom and Hills' ideas of how fan cultures can be better theorized ... Read full review