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Fan Cultures (Sussex Studies in Culture and Communication) Paperback – 14 Feb 2002
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Matt Hills is a Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University.
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This book helps me a lot.
It shows me the change of fandom (fan behaviors, fan identities) in this recent years.
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Fan studies is such a maligned sub-discipline in a field (that of cultural and media studies) that all too often prefers mea-culpa lashing of the media body, and that prefers disgust with or pity of the fan to any actual attempt to understand him/her. But the strength of a book like this defies critics of the sub-discipline. Indeed, I don't think it's too much to say that fan studies really comes into its own with this book. Hills has opened up ground for future work, through careful reading of past work and a sense of what is tragically missing.
As such, I would highly recommend this. If you are looking for empirical work, this is not your book (although Hills reads others' empirical work well), but if you want a macro picture of how all that work fits together, this is it.
One shortcoming of the book is its failure to work with cinema fandom to any significant degree. This is particularly problematic if one wishes to use Hills' definition of the 'cult fan' to work with the fan practices and cultures organized around movies.
Nevertheless, this is an essential piece of work for anyone interested, and it provides a solid foundation for work that might expand into unexplored territory, like that mentioned above.
It is not light reading by any stretch, though. Turn to Jenkins' TEXTUAL POACHERS and/or Fiske's UNDERSTANDING POPULAR CULTURE for an introduction, and be ready to reread Hills' book at least once anyway.
The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 5 is that it's an excellent book about fan culture STUDIES, more than the fan culture in itself. There's a very good discussion about other academic works so if that's what you're looking for, this is the perfect book.
Since I'm still not completely familiarized with all the other studies mentioned, this wasn't completely helpful to me. Maybe in the future, after I've read more.
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