One of the things that surprised me the most as I was working on my dissertation on fandom studies is the amount of books there are on fandom. We are no longer alone and we are being heard. This growth on books on our fannish lives could be due to two main factors: either media scholars are finally paying attention to us or we have grown enough and acquired the tools to express ourselves through books. Or both.
Today I am here to bring you 5 fandom books to fill your reading thirst. The list is in no specific order.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Who hasn’t heard of this book?
“A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love”. Fangirl is one of the most popular books when it comes to explaining the life of a fangirl.
Check out our review of Fangirl HERE.
Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World by Anne Jamison
“What is fanfiction, and what is it not? Why does fanfiction matter? And what makes it so important to the future of literature? Fic is a groundbreaking exploration of the history and culture of fan writing and what it means for the way we think about reading, writing, and authorship. It’s a story about literature, community, and technology—about what stories are being told, who’s telling them, how, and why.”
Fic features a foreword by Lev Grossman (author of The Magicians) and interviews with Jonathan Lethem, Doug Wright, and Eurydice (Vivean Dean).
Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth by Camille Bacon-Smith
“Enterprising Women offers a picture of one of the few models around for female community and self-affirmation. Rather than accepting the passive female images and consumer values purveyed by most TV shows, women fan-fiction writers have adapted television to their own purposes.” – Women’s Review of Books
Sherlock and Transmedia Fandom: Essays on the BBC Series by Louisa Ellen Stein and Kristina Busse
“The critically-acclaimed BBC television series Sherlock (2010- ) re-envisions Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective for the digital age, joining participants in the active traditions of Sherlockians/Holmesians and fans from other communities, including science fiction, media, and anime. This collection explores the cultural intersections and fan traditions that converge in Sherlock and its fandoms. Essays focus on the industrial and cultural contexts of Sherlock’s release, on the text of Sherlock as adaptation and transformative work, and on Sherlock’s critical and popular reception. The volume’s multiple perspectives examine Sherlock Holmes as an international transmedia figure with continued cultural impact, offering insight into not only the BBC series itself, but also into its literary source, and with it, the international resonance of the Victorian detective and his sidekick.”
Harry Potter, Still Recruiting: An Inner Look at Harry Potter Fandom by Valerie Estelle Frankel
“The Harry Potter phenomenon has created a new world: one of Quidditch in the park, lightning earrings, endless parodies, a new genre of music, and fan conferences of epic proportions. This book attempts to document everything – exploring costuming, crafting, gaming, and more, with essays and interviews straight from the multitude of creators. At last, this groundbreaking moment of pop culture is brought to light, from the amazing philanthropic triumphs of the Harry Potter Alliance to the many camps and classrooms that have welcomed Harry into their halls. Today’s internet age has formed a new kind of reader: one who devours 800-page books and then creates fanfiction, art, videos, real-life adventures, and more, reimagining the series to reflect a new growing consciousness. From children to adults, fans are delighting the world with an explosion of captivating activities and experiences, all based on Rowling’s delightful series”