The Science Fiction Reboot: Canon, Innovation and Fandom in Refashioned Franchises

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McFarland, Jan 31, 2013 - Performing Arts - 240 pages
This analysis examines several recent reimagined science fiction franchises (Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, V, and Star Wars) in order to capture how “reboots” work from a fan perspective. Previous encounters with these stories make the reboot experience distinct for fan-viewers, who bring with them a set of expectations and knowledge, often tied to franchise canon that cannot be separated from the new film or television series. Even when elements of the original versions are maintained, memories of them influence the narrative encounter. This book considers reimagined texts from several levels, including the medium, the characters, and the world building, to break down and then explore the reboot experience.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
The Reboot Experience
5
Narrative Theory
13
Text
29
Story
65
Fabula
95
Narrative Worlds of Science Fiction
159
The Fandom Experience
201
For Further Reading
207
Chapter Notes
211
Works Cited
221
Index
227
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Heather Urbanski is currently an assistant professor of English at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts.

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