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Katherine Larsen , Lynn S Zubernis
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30 Oct 2013
Once upon a time not long ago, two responsible college professors, Lynn the psychologist and Kathy the literary scholar, fell in love with the television show "Supernatural" and turned their oh-so-practical lives upside down. Plunging headlong into the hidden realms of fandom, they scoured the Internet for pictures of stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki and secretly penned racy fan fiction. And then they hit the road--crisscrossing the country, racking up frequent flyer miles with alarming ease, standing in convention lines at 4 A.M.They had white-knuckled encounters with overly zealous security guards one year and smiling invitations to the "Supernatural" set the next. Actors stripping in their trailers, fangirls sneaking onto film sets; drunken confessions, squeals of joy, tears of despair; wallets emptied and responsibilities left behind; intrigue and ecstasy and crushing disappointment--it's all here.And yet even as they reveled in their fandom, the authors were asking themselves whether it's okay to be a fan, especially for grown women with careers and kids. "Crazystalkerchicks"--that's what they heard from "Supernatural" crew members, security guards, airport immigration officials, even sometimes their fellow fans. But what Kathy and Lynn found was that most fans were very much like themselves: smart, capable women looking for something of their own that engages their brains "and" their libidos."Fangasm" pulls back the curtain on the secret worlds of fans and famous alike, revealing "Supernatural "behind the scenes and discovering just how much the cast and crew know about what the fans are up to. Anyone who's been tempted to throw off the constraints of respectability and indulge a secret passion--or hit the road with a best friend--will want to come along.

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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press (30 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160938198X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609381981
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Fangasm" takes you on a wild and brave journey into the deep realm of fandom. It's a no-holds-barred true tale of community, passion, and creativity, where the fans are the real stars of the story. An honest, insightful, and often surprising exploration into the world of fandom, "Fangasm" breaks down barriers and reminds us just how vital fans are to the success of any creative work. It resonates with the fangirl or fanboy in all of us."--Tony Zierra, director, and Elizabeth Yoffe, producer, "My Big Break"

About the Author

Lynn S. Zubernis is associate professor of counselor education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She is also area chair for stardom and fandom for the Southwest Popular Culture Association. Katherine Larsen teaches at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and is the area chair for fan theory and culture for the Popular Culture Association. Larsen and Zubernis are principal and associate editors of the "Journal of Fandom Studies." Together, they have authored "Fandom at the Crossroads: Celebration, Shame, and Fan/Producer Relationships" and edited "Fan Culture: Theory/Practice" and "Fan Phenomena: "Supernatural."" They aren't telling the names under which they write fan fiction.

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5.0 out of 5 stars FANtastic 5 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a superb book! Once I started it I couldn't put it down, it sums up perfectly how I feel about being a fangirl. This book deals with all aspects of fandom in an enlightening and often humorous way. For any Supernatural fan (convention attendee or otherwise) this is a must read. Enjoy fellow fangirls enjoy!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully insightful 11 Feb 2014
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I loved this book and got quite emotional reading it, in a good way.
It gave me new insights into my own identity as a fan, fascinating inside information into the world of the Supernatural production team and a better understanding of the world of fandom.
I've leant it to my non-fannish friends to help them understand my fangirlish ways.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 3 Jan 2014
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Awesome book loved it a must read for any Supernatural fan. It gives you the inside scoop on the fandom. Could not put it down A+++
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any fan 17 Dec 2013
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Such an insightful look into fandom and what it is to be a fangirl from the perspective of both the fans and the actors. Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls is more than worthy of a re-read which I will be doing straight away!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For All Fangirl/boys 7 Jun 2014
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This book is wonderful. It honestly and openly captures the conflicting emotions of being an adult fangirl, without shying away from controversy or judging the more "taboo" elements of fandom. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone from any fandom. This book is not just in relation to the Supernatural fandom, it uses it as example of a subcultural phenomenon that is generally belittled and overlooked.
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