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Lynn Zubernis is a clinical psychologist and professor at West Chester University.  She is also Area Chair for Stardom and Fandom for the Southwest Popular Culture Association. Katherine Larsen teaches at George Washington University and is the Area Chair for Fan Theory and Culture for the Popular Culture Association. Kathy is the Principal Editor and Lynn the Associate Editor of The Journal of Fandom Studies published by Intellect. Check it out for fascinating cutting edge articles on fandom of all kinds.

Fangasm, the story of our five year roadtrip through fandom, is for sale now — click through the link at the top right to buy from Amazon. We share our uncensored (mis) adventures at Supernatural fan conventions and in online fandom, and then go behind the scenes and onto the Supernatural set to talk to the stars of the show and find out their thoughts on fans, fame and SPN. Of course, things rarely go that smoothly. Not for us anyway.

If you’d like to read our more academic exploration of Supernatural and fans and our analysis of what makes fandom so important to so many of us, you can buy Fandom at the Crossroads: Celebration, Shame and Fan/Producer Relationships now on Amazon too – click through the link at the top right to purchase. Fandom At The Crossroads is available in paperback or hardback, and balances our theorizing about fandom with in-depth interviews with the fans, cast, and crew of Supernatural. Jared, Jensen, Misha, and many others share their thoughts on fans and fame and the show.

Our edited collection – Fan Culture: Theory/Practice – is also available on Amazon. It features essays by Matt Hills, Kristina Busse and Karen Hellekson, Paul Booth, and Lincoln Geraghty among other wonderful contributions.

And stay tuned for Fan Phenomena: Supernatural. This volume, part of wonderful new series from Intellect Press, includes insightful essays about the show we love from fans, academics, cast and crew.

For a little bit about Kathy, check out this recent article in GW Magazine. Lynn was also featured in this article in West Chester University’s online News.

We’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment here, or email us at fangasmthebook@gmail.com.

64 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa permalink
    December 12, 2009 4:09 am

    Why haven’t I heard about this before now? I am an academic and a self professed aca-fan. Like you, I fell hard for fandom. I was first intrigued by fan fiction – I’ve done several conference papers on fan fiction and even taught a course in writing fan fiction at the university where I teach writing. Fandom is a total obsession with me… to the point that at the Vancouver convention I gave Misha a copy of Henry Jenkins’ Convergence Culture. I didn’t have the opportunity to ask him if he’d read it at Chicago… LOL! Fingers crossed! I’d love to know more about the book…. I also know some other wonderful diehard SPN aca-fans….

    • spnfans permalink*
      December 12, 2009 4:47 am

      Hi Lisa,

      I love that you gave Misha that book! Are you thinking of doing any more papers on SPN or fanfiction? Email me! (klarsen@gwu.edu) Would love to chat more about the book(s) and fandom.

      Cheers,
      Kathy

  2. February 9, 2010 7:20 pm

    Hey Lynn and/or Kathy, sorry I called you Lisa, kind of busy at work here.

    xx

    Sam.

  3. Jennifer permalink
    February 9, 2010 9:48 pm

    I’m a long-time SPN fan, but a newbie to fandom, and find myself fascinated with it. I’m not an academic, but a librarian, and I’ll be very interested in purchasing your book for our university library when it is published. Good luck with it!

  4. February 12, 2010 2:02 am

    Just dropping in to say hello and that I can’t wait for St. Louis! It’s been thrilling to find intersections between fandom and academia. I wish I had been more aggressive in pushing fandom studies as my dissertation topic. Oh well, there are always articles to be written! (But dissertation first, then employment…)

  5. Lauryn permalink
    February 16, 2010 10:38 pm

    Hi!

    First of all, I had to comment because I’m a junior at the George Washington University and I sometimes feel like I’m the only one on campus that is aware of the brilliance of Supernatural. . .glad to see I’m not alone! I also wanted to say that I’m really happy to see such intelligent discussions about one of my favorite TV Shows. It’s not often you see academics so involved in matters of scripted television. Plus, I don’t know how you guys manage to get such great interviews with the cast and crew but they really are excellent. I especially loved the one with Serge. Also, your book idea sounds great, I can’t wait to read it.

    Congrats on a great site! I look forward to reading the future interviews!

    Lauryn

    • spnfans permalink*
      February 17, 2010 1:03 pm

      Hi Lauryn,

      I’ve actually met several SPN fans here at GW – though sadly many don’t like to actually admit it to others. Clearly more work needs to be done to get people to come out of the fan-closet.

      Thanks so much for commenting.

      Kathy

  6. Astrida Fitri N permalink
    May 1, 2010 10:10 am

    Hello Lynn and Katherine,

    I’m posting a comment here because I’m academic and I’ve been a fan of the series for 4 years now.
    I’m Indonesian, 28 years old, currently taking a graduate program in Development Sociology at a local university, so you can say that I study culture, too, but not so much as development, especially rural development. Which is too bad…

    My first acquaintance with Supernatural began when I watched the pilot episode around 2006 in a cable channel. Ever since then I became immersed in the story of these two unfortunate brothers (you may say that this show shoud’ve earned “A Series of Unfortunate Events” as its title).

    I must admit that I envy American fans for being able to come to conventions and gather. There’s not many of us fans in this town…but my brother and I are die-hard fans. Since local tv channels stopped broadcasting the series after season 3, we had to resort to illegal means…the dvd is too hard to obtain, and when they’re available, they’re too expensive for my student budget.

    My thesis topic is capitalism and mass consumption. And guess what, I got the idea from 5.14, “My Bloody Valentine”. I think Horseman Famine’s words (“Consume, consume, consume…”) don’t just apply to Americans, because we Indonesians are also infected with consumerism virus.

    Keep up the SPN pride.

    • spnfans permalink
      June 18, 2010 3:44 pm

      Hi there, nice to ‘meet’ you! I love the way Supernatural inspires so many of us in so many ways, thesis topics included. And it really says something about a show when so many academics have been pulled into its orbit (happily).

      Best of luck with your project, sounds fascinating — and we will most definitely keep up the SPN pride :)

  7. Donna permalink
    May 11, 2010 11:50 pm

    pls place me on your notification list for when your book is published. Thanks

    • spnfans permalink
      June 18, 2010 3:46 pm

      Will do! And we’ll definitely be talking about it here, as well as the academic books on fandom we’ll have coming out in the next year.

  8. Shannon permalink
    June 18, 2010 6:01 am

    Just discovered you! I love your writing. I’ve always thought Supernatural fans were smart cookies. I’m obsessed and have a master’s degree. What can I say? I love the boys and their little show.

    • spnfans permalink
      June 18, 2010 3:47 pm

      We’re right there with you – we thought Jensen could not have said it better! Supernatural fans are most definitely smart cookies — and the gang who makes the show are no slouches either :)

  9. write_light permalink
    September 6, 2010 10:48 pm

    FYI Mo Ryan has moved to http://www.tvsquad.com/bloggers/maureen-ryan/ although her Chicago Tribune/The Watcher blogs remain up.

    • spnfans permalink
      September 7, 2010 3:51 pm

      Thank you! We mostly chat with Mo through email, so we somehow missed this change. We’ll definitely be reading :)

  10. Lethia Williams permalink
    October 12, 2010 12:35 am

    I am so happy I found this site. I am a PhD student in Political Science, and a proud member of fandom (which often draws very strange looks from many of my colleagues as I am sure you are familiar with). Please put me on your notification list for when your book is published, I really can not wait to read it (because you know I have all this extra time and do not get to read nearly enough as it is…lol). This is a great site and will be returning often

    • spnfans permalink
      October 13, 2010 3:55 am

      Strange looks? Whatever do you mean?? *looks shifty* We will definitely keep you posted, in an attempt to fill up some of that yawning chasm of free time from which we’re certain you’re suffering :) Nice to meet you!

    • Cait D permalink
      January 8, 2013 9:09 am

      Ms. Williams – are you the same Lethia Williams that did the study on the most dedicated fandom? If so, I’m a journalism student and I’d love to talk to you about that!

      I can be reached at caitlindavidson (at) hotmail.com … I’d love to hear from you.

      Cait

  11. Dean Girl permalink
    October 12, 2010 7:34 am

    Lynn and Katherine,

    And here I thought I was the only college professor to be completely bewitched by the charms and Sam and Dean. Thank you for letting me know I’m not insane (as my husband tells me). So yeah, I had to give a test on the night of season 6 opener. Did a tribute to SPN by writing a question using the names Sam and Dean. Wonder if any of my students caught it. Nice to meet you two :)

    • spnfans permalink
      October 13, 2010 3:59 am

      Definitely not insane (and yes, that is my professional opinion….says Lynn). Perhaps we’re not the best judges though – I’ve been known to write four page exams using only names of SPN characters or actors. And then to give extra credit to anyone who can figure it out :)

      Nice to meet you too!

      • Dean Girl permalink
        October 13, 2010 8:50 pm

        Oh that is classic!!!! You just made my day – can’t stop laughing!!! Gotta try it out one day! So in class yesterday, I kept throwing out these Dean-esque one liners and grinning like monkey because the class has no idea that I’m lecturing on algebraic expressions and thinking about Dean Winchester…

  12. Dana permalink
    January 15, 2011 10:38 am

    I am so glad I wandered across your site. I am not nearly as “academic” as most of those who have posted before me as I am still wrestling with getting my bachelor’s degree (I recently decided to persue Chemistry). I am also a brand new fan. I discovered the show in syndication on TNT at the end of November and have been enthralled ever since. I have even managed to get my husband hooked and we bought Seasons 1 – 5 as our mutual Christmas present. LOL!

    It is so refreshing to have someone look at fandom from the perspective of academia. I have maintained for years that not all “super fans” live in their parents basements and are virgins. I have been involved in fandom for a long time (Bon Jovi, Star Wars and Star Trek: The Next Generation being the worst of them) and I have found most of the people that I encounter to be kind and considerate. As is the case when dealing with human nature, you have those who cannot separate fantasy from reality. The key, in my opinion, is to let yourself escape into the fantasy but when it’s time to, you have to come back to reality. I call SPN my “guilty pleasure” but I think I’m going to just start calling it my “pleasure”.

    Please keep posting as I will keep reading and I look very forward to the book. Maybe we’ll get to meet at a convention some day. :)

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 1:13 am

      So agreed – get rid of the ‘guilty’ and just embrace the pleasure! We love how many people from different specialties and professions and walks of life come together to share this amazing Show and enjoy its awesome fandom. We hope to say hi in person one day!

  13. Lethia Williams permalink
    January 31, 2011 4:26 am

    I’ve left you a message here before, but that one was more of a thank god I found other academics as obsessed as me post :).

    Now I have a legitimate question, I am branching out of my normal field of study (Political Science) and am trying to do a study of fandom (it’s a complicated story but rather amusing). The study is an attempt to measure the level of passion fans feel for different shows. The two competing theories being that fans of shows with smaller fanbases are more passionate or that it is more dependent on the genre of the show.

    I am really at a loss as to where to start looking for academic articles. Searches through google scholar, and the scholarly journals at my university have not produced what I am looking for, so maybe you could recommend some articles/books? I would really appreciate it.

    First, has anyone else tried to conduct a study like this one. Second, do theories exist about the passion of fans for particular shows/movies/books ect? Has anyone posited theories about why some shows/movies/books (like Star Trek/Star Wars) develop such passionate fanbases while others that are wildly popular do not?

    Anything you think that might be useful would be a huge help…even if you could only point me a general direction to start looking.

    Please feel free to email me directly if you would prefer (williamslb2@email.appstate.edu

    Thanks

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 1:14 am

      Forgive our tardiness, the semester and writing so many books is kicking our butts! Email on its way to you this weekend!

  14. Emma England permalink
    February 15, 2011 8:00 am

    I just wanted to say how nice it is that academics are being open about their love! I’m working on something about the appropriation of biblical themes in transformative works. I’m a biblical scholar though and we/they are a somewhat conservative bunch! It isn’t something I can discuss with more than a handful of people. Such a shame.

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 1:15 am

      That is a shame, since discussion in academic circles is half the pleasure — and more than half the point! I think we’ve all struggled with crossing those boundaries between academic researcher and fan, rationality and emotionality, analysis and passion. We’re enjoying the balance, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still a struggle :)

  15. May 13, 2011 6:34 pm

    It is so refreshing to have someone look at fandom from the perspective of academia. I have maintained for years that not all “super fans” live in their parents basements and are virgins. I have been involved in fandom for a long time (Bon Jovi, Star Wars and Star Trek: The Next Generation being the worst of them) and I have found most of the people that I encounter to be kind and considerate. As is the case when dealing with human nature, you have those who cannot separate fantasy from reality. The key, in my opinion, is to let yourself escape into the fantasy but when it’s time to, you have to come back to reality. I call SPN my “guilty pleasure” but I think I’m going to just start calling it my “pleasure”.
    +1

    • spnfans permalink*
      March 9, 2012 5:08 am

      Hi there! You left a lovely comment on our Fangasm blog last year, so we’re letting you know that our first book on Supernatural and fandom is now out on amazon — Fandom At The Crossroads: Celebration, Shame and Fan/Producer Relationships. If you decide to read, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

  16. LS Gentry permalink
    August 30, 2011 9:18 pm

    Hello,

    I am very excited to see some serious academic work on this cultural phenomenon. Fandom, and fanfiction in general, seems to be a true convocation between fans and the franchises they support. I’m a law student in the process of writing an article about fanculture and the legal ramifications of it (and why franchise owners should hesitate to engage in litigation in regards to fandom activity). I can’t wait to read your book! Good luck!

    • spnfans permalink*
      March 9, 2012 5:09 am

      Hi there,
      You left a comment on our Fangasm blog last fall expressing interest in our academic work on fandom — so just letting you know that our first book on Supernatural and its fans, Fandom At the Crossroads, is now available on amazon.com. If you decide to read, let us know what you think!

  17. August 31, 2011 12:26 am

    I can’t tell you how much I’m A) happy for you, and B) completely jealous! Being Australian, I really just have to accept that I can’t write the book on SPN canon/fandom/meta because I just don’t have enough access to the producers and creators of the show. It’s not terribly well known down here, and everything trickles down second-hand – it’s just inevitable. Well, If you are doing a compilation of essays I could always dig one up on what it’s like to be geographically removed but technologically in touch with the fandom. Heavy meta – peace out!

    • spnfans permalink*
      March 9, 2012 5:10 am

      Hi Jayne,
      Just letting you know that our academic book on Supernatural and its fans — Fandom At The Crossroads — is now available on amazon.com. If you do read, let us know what you think of the heavy meta :)

  18. August 31, 2011 3:51 am

    Hi, I just stumbled across this site via Twitter. It is so refreshing to find other college professors who also enjoy the great fandom of SPN. I am still a little in the closet on my love for this beloved show which I began watching from first episode. I only started getting involved with the fandom about 2 months ago. I have been involved in the Twilight fandom because of the books, not movies and there are some on there who like the show but not with the same level that I do, so I began to seek out others with the same obsessive love. I really like the term “aca-fan” and the idea of looking at the ideas & methodology of the show in academic terms. I’m a Computer Applications Instructor at a community college but have my undergrad in Communication. I’m the SPN computer geek with a creative side. I am looking forward to reading you book and articles.

    • spnfans permalink*
      March 9, 2012 5:11 am

      Hi Shannon,
      You left a comment on our Fangasm blog last fall expressing interest in our academic work on Supernatural and fandom — so just letting you know that our book on Supernatural and its fans, Fandom At The Crossroads, is now for sale at amazon.com. If you do read, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

  19. Trish permalink
    August 31, 2011 5:21 am

    Thank you Lynn and Katherine. I totally understand Lethia’s meaning when she wrote ‘thank god!’ I’m just about to finish a Masters in International Law, also tutor a couple of undergrad classes. Not sure whether to move onto a phd or not at this stage. I came across SPN only a couple of months ago and am amazed at how addicted I quickly became…also interested to see if I stay this addicted. I don’t have time to watch much tv, probably why I had no idea SPN existed for 6 years! I discovered the SPN online community just in time to follow #vancon last weekend…what a mind blowing thing fan communities are, I had no idea! I very much enjoyed following the hashtag and laughed alot at everyone’s great comments and photos while at the same time attempting to finish writing an article about an international environmental case. It was a little surreal.

    The academic in me wants to question it all, my reaction, the fan base, the convention madness and mindset, maybe some of the legal issues connected with fandom. So coming across your page was definately serendiptious. If possible could I get the same links you emailed to Lethia (as above?) I’d like to read up, do some further research and see what happens, I have a few general ideas at the moment. I’m also going to use Dean, Sam, Castiel and Bobby in my next legal scenario for students, thanks for the idea!

    • spnfans permalink*
      March 9, 2012 5:13 am

      Hi Trish,
      You left a message on our Fangasm blog last fall, so just letting you know that our academic book on Supernatural and its fans is now available on amazon.com — Fandom At The Crossroads includes a wealth of references you might find useful as well. If you do read, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

  20. Katalin H Korossy permalink
    September 2, 2011 6:28 pm

    Hello!
    Just wanted to say I love your articles for being obsessively fannish without crossing the line. And this is coming from someone who has had two vacations to Vancouver (from the Eastern US) solely to visit previously SPN filming locations and take pictures. Thanks for giving us an intelligent voice.
    K H Korossy

    • spnfans permalink*
      March 9, 2012 5:15 am

      Hi there,
      You left a lovely comment about straddling boundaries on our Fangasm blog last fall, so we’re letting you know that our academic book on Supernatural and its fans — Fandom At The Crossroads — is now available on amazon.com. If you do read, we’d love to know your thoughts (especially because your name is familiar to us through fandom, yes?)

  21. October 24, 2011 7:34 pm

    Lynn! I want to thank you so much again, and also your friend who couldn’t make it to TorontoCon and whose seat I stole for the weekend. It was so great having such a great spot…the closer I could be to Jensen the better!! :) I just read the interview with Jensen, so good! I’ll definitely be keeping up with your work!
    See you at another Con I’m sure!

    Morgan Hill

    • spnfans permalink*
      March 9, 2012 5:16 am

      Hey Morgan,
      It was lovely sitting with you at Toronto Con last fall — just letting you know that our book on Supernatural and its fans, Fandom At The Crossroads, is now available on amazon.com. Hope to see you at another con soon!
      Lynn

  22. Tammy permalink
    October 24, 2011 9:16 pm

    Hello! I just found your website for the first time through Twitter, and I’m shocked that I haven’t found it before. I’m a grad student (and a die-hard SPN fan). I have found myself sucked into one fandom after another for the past decade, and am very interested in the academic work surrounding subcultures, fandom, fanfiction, etc. I’m going to now ravenously read everything on your site, and look forward to reading Fangasm!

    • spnfans permalink*
      March 9, 2012 5:17 am

      Hi Tammy,
      You left a comment on our Fangasm blog last fall, so we’re just letting you know that our academic book on Supernatural and its fans, Fandom at the Crossroads: Celebration, Shame and Fan/Producer Relationships, is now available on amazon.com. If you do read, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

  23. Alex permalink
    September 13, 2012 10:26 am

    Hi,
    just wanted to say hi to fellow SPN fans (and academics). I’ve loved reading up on your interviews and con reports, and just a couple of days ago I started reading Fandom at the Crossroads. Brilliantly written and just so wonderfully helpful for my dissertation topic! (I immediately e-mailed our library staff to buy it and also the Fan Culture book you edited; looking forward to that one!)
    Please keep up the awesome work! I’m always happy when I seen new blog entries! :-)

    • spnfans permalink*
      September 13, 2012 2:55 pm

      Hi Alex, nice to meet you! We’re thrilled that Crossroads is helping with your dissertation (brings back fond memories…okay, maybe not ALL fond….) — what’s your topic? Keep us posted on your progress! As an academic, you might be interested in the interview Henry Jenkins just did with us on his blog, Confessions of an Aca Fan — it’s all about Crossroads! It’s at http://www.henryjenkins.org. If you check out it, leave him a comment :)

  24. Karla Truxall permalink
    January 4, 2013 5:47 am

    Hello!
    My husband gave me your book, Fandom at the Crossroads, as a gift for Christmas and I just started reading it yesterday. I’ve only read the Introduction so far but I immediately knew I had to find you on the internet so I could connect with you. This is the first TV show that has reeled me in hook, line and sinker so this kind of fandom is all new to me. We went to the convention in Chicago, in fact that’s where I picked up the card about your book (were you there?) and now I have a VERY strong desire to go to Vancouver! My college degree is in sociology so I find all this very fascinating.

    Is there someplace I could read your previous articles written in Supernatural magazine? I am especially interested in any interviews with Serge Ladouceur. Thanks! :-)

    ~ Karla
    P.S. I just followed you on Twitter

    • spnfans permalink*
      January 10, 2013 8:34 pm

      Hi Karla! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Crossroads once you’ve had a chance to read it all — and please thank your hubby for us, he clearly has good taste in gifts :) This is the first time I’ve been reeled in to this extent too, so I can relate. And yes, we were in Chicago – I go to most of the cons, so if you’re in Vancouver, please tweet me and let me know so we can say hi in person!

      Our articles in Supernatural Magazine were all in 2009, in Issues 9, 10 and 11. We did a lengthy interview with Serge in 2009 also, part of which is on this blog. The rest will be in one of our books coming out in 2013 (Fan Phenomena: Supernatural). What an awesome, brilliant man he is! I think you’ll also relate to our other upcoming book, Fangasm, which is our personal story of “falling down the rabbit hole” of SPN fandom :) Your background in sociology should come in handy there too.

      Let us know who you are on twitter!

      Lynn

      • Karla Truxall permalink
        January 11, 2013 6:28 am

        Hi Lynn,
        On Twitter I am @vballKarla and at ChiCon’s karaoke party my husband and I were dressed as Detroit Tigers fans and sang Bob Seeger’s Old Time Rock and Roll. That was an amazing experience!! Matt Cohen also stood next to me in the audience (as a fine looking carrot!) and sang Wanted Dead or Alive with me. A bunch of people took pictures and I would love to see copies of them. Were you by chance one of those photographers? Or know someone who was?

        Since school has resumed my free time to read has been limited but I will gladly get back to you with feedback on the book and all the articles I have since found on this blog. Thanks for your reply!

        ~ Karla

      • spnfans permalink*
        January 11, 2013 6:31 pm

        We had a photographer at VanCon who shot karaoke, but not at ChiCon, unfortunately. (Neither of us can take a good photo to save our lives….) If I run across any, I’ll send them your way. Look forward to hearing your thoughts on Crossroads when you have time to read (school and free time absolutely do not mix….)

        Hope to see you at an upcoming con!

  25. June 5, 2013 7:55 pm

    Hello! I have nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award! Simply means I really like it and would suggest you to my followers ;)
    Here’s the link: http://awkwardgeekygirl.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/a-nice-surprise-sunshine-award/

    Congrats for your great work and keep blogging!

    The awkward geeky girl

    • spnfans permalink*
      June 8, 2013 8:54 pm

      Thanks so much! We’ll check out your blog too – love your username :)

  26. Michele permalink
    August 25, 2013 8:13 pm

    I’m working on fall syllabi and lesson plans right now and totally trying to figure out how to incorporate fangasm and/or fan theory into my EH 101 and EH 102 classes =)

    • spnfans permalink*
      August 28, 2013 4:45 am

      That’s awesome! I’d suggest Fandom At The Crossroads if you want a true academic take on fandom – many Supernatural fans have read and enjoyed it, so I think it’s enjoyable and accessible reading, but it also goes through the whole history of fan studies and tackles the psychological motivations behind fandom and fannish interaction. Fangasm does a bit of that, but it’s also a story of fun and adventure. And it’s funny. Very funny. Even when we didn’t mean to be…. Let us know how your class works out! (runs off to teach too…)

  27. September 5, 2013 5:19 pm

    Your blog is so inspiring! My cohort and I have been working on our blog for only a few months now and it is challenging to balance academia with the obsessive fandom-ness we feel in our souls :) Both of us are graduate degree holders, we work in higher education, but have a deep connection with the squee-ing fangirl within. It is refreshing to see that there are two college professors (besides us) who are paving the way for a collective experience. Supernatural, Sherlock, Doctor Who–these are all intelligent shows that create an intellectual and emotional experience to television and it is so interesting to look at each of them from an academic perspective. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on fandom and I look forward to future CFP’s (since I am not big on K-Pop) and reading your work. Check out our blog, although we are currently on summer break and therefore full of fluff pieces…
    http://acollectivemind.wordpress.com/

    • spnfans permalink*
      September 8, 2013 11:34 pm

      SuperWhoLock for the win :) Have you read our more academic investigation of Supernatural and its fandom? If you do, please let us know what you think. (Fandom At The Crossroads is for sale in paperback on Amazon)

      Great to meet some fellow acafans — Off to check out your blog… :)

  28. rachelxsarah permalink
    September 8, 2013 11:03 pm

    I am so thrilled I stumbled onto your site. I am an intellectual and fan girl. I am always interested in hearing fan stories, and the stories from the famous people they idolize. I will definitely buy your books and give them a good read.

    Love

    • spnfans permalink*
      September 8, 2013 11:35 pm

      Thanks so much – please let us know your thoughts when you read!

  29. nphil permalink
    November 3, 2013 2:34 am

    I just stumbled across your twitter (I’m @northerlynia), and by extension this blog, you, and your books. It feels a bit like kismet and winning the lottery all at once. I’m a university prof in psychology and women’s studies and newish SPN fan (but oh, the intensity!), and as a direct result have recently jumped feet first into fandom research (specifically negotiations of self & identity in fanfiction). I recognize a fair about of judgment and/or reservation when I mention this to my colleagues and I’m so thrilled to find similar voices online; it’s validating and inspiring.

    And now I’m off to read the book!

    • spnfans permalink*
      November 4, 2013 3:02 pm

      Hi there! So nice to ‘meet’ you! I’m especially excited because you’re also coming at fandom from a psychological and women’s studies perspective, so I really can’t wait to hear what you think of ‘Fangasm’ and ‘Fandom At The Crossroads’ There’s so much about negotiation (and re-negotiation) of self and identity in Crossroads, pulled in part from my own experience as a clinician with narrative therapy.

      I’m looking forward to hearing from you once you’ve had a chance to read! And I’ll look for you on Twitter too :)

      Lynn

      • nphil permalink
        November 5, 2013 5:09 pm

        Color me excited! I’m not sure you could have sold “Fandom at the Crossroads” to be any better than you just did. I just ordered a copy, likely to arrive much more slowly than I’d wish since I’m in Canada (Eastern, to my chagrin, and so far from Vancouver).

  30. Kim permalink
    November 9, 2013 3:12 am

    I just finished Supernatural Fangirls. Love love loved it. I will probably be one of those who will never be able to go to a convention but will always love Supernatural. Being able to read about y’all’s experience was great. Being able to read not only’s y’all’s viewpoint but others and actors was fascinating. Thank you again

    • spnfans permalink*
      November 10, 2013 11:00 pm

      You’re very welcome! Your comment is the kind we absolutely love to hear – so thank YOU! And if you ever do come to a convention, please let us know so we can say hi!

  31. karadin permalink
    April 8, 2014 5:19 pm

    I was wondering what the two of you think about the increasing monetization and co-opting of fandom? (fanfics published with names filed off, like Shades of Grey, Comic Con becoming an industry showcase – shows running contests for fans to create album covers (no prize money involved with that one) rather than being ashamed of being associated with fandom, these days people use it as an introduction, at least, my girl in HS and her friends do.

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