Fan Phenomena: Star Trek by Bruce Drushel

By Bruce Drushel

From a decidedly inauspicious commence as a low-rated tv sequence within the Nineteen Sixties that used to be cancelled after 3 seasons, celebrity Trek has grown to turn into a multi-billion-dollar of spin-off sequence, function movies and item. Fuelling the ever-expanding franchise are essentially the most rabid and dependable enthusiasts within the universe, identified affectionately as Trekkies. probably no different group so typifies fandom because the committed aficionados of the celebrity Trek tv sequence, films, novels, comedian books and conventions. certainly, in lots of respects, famous person Trek fanatics created sleek fan tradition and proceed to push its frontiers with tricky fan-generated video productions, digital fan fiction collectives and a proliferation of tribute websites in our on-line world. during this anthology, a panel of emerging and validated pop culture students examines the phenomenon of superstar Trek fan tradition and its so much compelling dimensions. The ebook explores such subject matters because the impression of the new ‘rebooting’ of the long-lasting franchise on its fan base; the complex and infrequently contentious dating among famous person Trek and its lesbian and homosexual lovers; the variation of celebrity Trek to different venues, together with reside theatre, social media and gaming; fan hyperreality, together with parody and non-geek fandom; one iconic actor’s social schedule; and substitute fan reactions to the franchise’s villains. The ensuing assortment is either a picture and relocating photograph of the practices and attitudes of a fan tradition that's arguably the world’s top recognized and such a lot misunderstood. outstanding a balanced tone, the participants are serious but respectful, acknowledging the uniquely shut and enduring dating among lovers and the franchise whereas coming near near it with acceptable objectivity, distance and scope. available to a number of audiences - from the newcomer to fan tradition to these already good learn at the topic - this ebook might be heralded via lovers in addition to severe scholars.

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