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Fan Phenomena: Star Trek

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781783200238
Author(s): Bruce E Drushel
Format: Paperback
Year: 2013
Publisher: Intellect (UK)
Pages: 132
Series: IB - Fan Phenomena

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From a decidedly inauspicious start as a low-rated television series in the 1960s that was canceled after three seasons, Star Trek has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry of spin-off series, feature films, and merchandise. Fueling the ever-expanding franchise are some of the most rabid and loyal fans in the universe, known affectionately as Trekkies. Perhaps no other community so typifies fandom as the devoted aficionados of the Star Trek television series, motion pictures, novels, comic books, and conventions. Indeed, in many respects, Star Trek fans created modern fan culture and continue to push its frontiers with elaborate fan-generated video productions, electronic fan fiction collectives, and a proliferation of tribute sites in cyberspace. In this anthology, a panel of rising and established popular culture scholars examines the phenomenon of Star Trek fan culture and its most compelling dimensions.
The book explores such topics as the effect on the fan base of the recent rebooting of the iconic franchise; the complicated and often contentious relationship between Star Trek and its lesbian and gay fans; the adaptation of Star Trek to other venues, including live theater, social media, and gaming; fan hyperreality, including parody and non-geek fandom; one iconic actor's social agenda; and alternative fan reactions to the franchise's villains. The resulting collection is both snapshot and moving picture of the practices and attitudes of a Please click here to ask a question
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