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Tue, Jul. 26th, 2005, 09:13 pm
dragonscholar: Book Thread

(Edited 7/27/05)
I've edited this post into a reccomended reading post, so it can be edited over time.

The Works of Henry Jenkins

Textual Poachers
Theorizing Fandom

Warrior Lovers

HP Lovecraft:
The Necronomicon Files

Reading The Romance

Star Trek:
Star Trek Lives

Tolkien on Film: Essays on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings

The Works of Douglas Rushkoff

Amusing Ourselves To Death
The Audience in Everyday Life

Maps of the Mind

Hamlet on the Holodeck"
NASA/Trek: Popular Science and Sex in America

Adbusters - Culture jamming, analysis, anti-advertising.
Bitch Magazine - Femminist perspective on popular culture.
Fortean Times - Magazine on unusual, odd, paranormal events, including cultural ones, pop culture attitudes.

Wed, Jul. 27th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)

For my reccomendations:

ANYTHING by Douglas Rushkoff. His "Media Virus" book was interesting, but his later work "Coercion" on ad campaigns was fascinating, and I will be posting ideas inspired by it shortly.

Adbusters: A magazine that has a lot of problems with popular culture, ad-oriented media, etc. But it's also invaluable for getting an different perspective.

Fortean Times: A magazine of weird events - odd individuals, strange occurances, paranormal, etc. However, it also has insights into the human mind, popular culture, mass delusions, and history that are invaluable.

"Maps of the Mind" - Charles Hampden-Turner. A book on psychology theories and their comparisons, its valuable to any human understanding.

"The Necronomicon Files" - it's highly specific, but its a wonderful book on the history of a pop culture icon.

Wed, Jul. 27th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)

My collection of reading material involves Textual Poachers, Star Trek Lives!, Boldly Writing. These three have basically been the foundation of my I use them for reference in terms of text collection.

Wed, Jul. 27th, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)

Jenkins, Textual Poachers; Hills Fandom Cultures; Bird, The Audience in Everyday Life; Rojek, Celebrity; Dyer, Stars; Radway, Reading the Romance; Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death; Bourdieu, Distinction; Tushnet, Legal fiction; McCardle, Fanficiton, fandom, and fanfare.

That's all off the top of my head. There are lots of things on the 'to read' list, and some stuff that may be relevant to someone with a different focus, and tons more that I'm forgetting, but that is what I've got right now.

Wed, Jul. 27th, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)

I'm eagerly awaiting Sheenagh Pugh's "The Democratic Genre" (after having read much of it in manuscript)--check it out at amazon.co.uk.

I adore Jenkins, hate Hills, and like Harris & Alexander's "Theorizing Fandom." (The spine of the book says Harris Alexander which always cracks me up--who knew he wrote books?)

I really enjoyed all three of Glenn Yeffeth Books' Jossverse books (Seven Seasons of Buffy, Five Seasons of Angel, and Finding Serenity).

Wed, Jul. 27th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)

Do you know if Pugh's book with make it's way to amazon.com?

I's love to buy this book- but to get it from amazon.co.uk, it will cost about 30 bucks! *is a poor college student*

Wed, Jul. 27th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)

I don't know about US amazon, although I bet a lot of fen will ask the same question so perhaps the publisher will pay attention. Although if a publisher *does* do something sensible, The End must be nigh. (Yes, I have Issues.)

Wed, Jul. 27th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)

Anything by Henry Jenkins, especially Science Fiction Audiences.

Hamlet on the Holodeck by Janet Murray is my favourite tome for quoting with regard to fan fiction.

Wed, Jul. 27th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)

Textual Poachers is good (and I'd say that even if I wasn't mentioned.)

Enterprising Women, on the other hand, is only good as fertilizer. Or possibly hamster bedding.

Wed, Jul. 27th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)

I'll add two books and a magazine to the list:

Warrior Lovers by Catherine Salmon and Donald
Symons: This book is very short and is actually about the evolution of female sexuality. But it uses slash fanfiction as it's main example in the discussion of modern female sexuality.

Tolkien on Film edited by Janet Brennan Croft: This book's main purpose is the discussion of LOTR the books vs. the movies. But it does have a wonderful section of LOTR fan fiction, plus the only mention of RPS I have seen in a book.

Bitch magazine: It's subtitle is "A feminist response to pop culture" and so it should be on this list. There has been some interesting articles on slash fanfiction. But on the other hand, I disagree (and hate) the article on Harry Potter, calling it sexist. The magazine's just a good mix of feminist and academic articles.

Wed, Jul. 27th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)

Roz Kaveney: Reading the Vampire Slayer
Constance Penley: NASA/Trek: Popular Science and Sex in America
Camille Bacon-Smith: Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth
David Halperin: One Hundred Years of Homosexuality (not specifically fandom related but compelling reading for anyone interested in slash)

Thu, Mar. 2nd, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)

This seems to be an old thread, but I was wondering had anyone read The Democratic Genre since it was published, and is it worth reading?

Mon, Nov. 19th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)

Again, I'm replying to old stuff, but I thought someone else might be interested...

I did read it, and it is excellent :
It present a relatively new point of view on fanfiction, a literary one. In general, studies on fanfiction appear to be mostly from a cultural, social, or genre point of view.
To read this brings a new perspective, wich is, I think, essential (I have to admit I am most interested in litterature, I'm therefore biaised).

Conclusion : even if this is not your principal point of view, it is worth reading, if only to bring a new perspective.

Tue, Apr. 4th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
taras_wizard: Fandom books

Science Fiction Culture by Camille Bacon Smith.

Almost did not put up this message to recommend it, since there did appear to be some bad feelings about the texts of Ms. Bacon-Smith. However, I've noticed it in a few folks bibliographies, so it probably has some worthwhile qualities.

The battle of the sexes in Science Fiction by Justine Larbalestier.

Not specifically a fandom history; however, the first few chapters cover fannish reactions to women fans, using evidence of 'letters to the editors' columns from the pulps. The book also has some history of the Tiptree award including its fannish origins and its continuation through fan support.

http://www.nutball.com/ Christine Boese's Studies in Cyberculture.

Academic theses on-line that documents and comments on XenaWP's on-line fandom.

Hope these can be used as contributions to your list.