Metabooks and Fandom Studies
Books about fandom, pop culture or fan studies are being publish a lot lately. It almost looks like that being a fan has become socially acceptable. The intensity with what the authors speak about fandoms is almost overwhelming. And still is there a doubt if these people who claim to know it all (I mean they writing a book, so they should know it all, shouldn't they?) really know what they are talking about. For that one needs to dive in deeply and understand where the author is coming from.
"Get a life!"
William Shatner told Star Trek fans. Yet, as Textual Poachers argues, fans already have a "life," a complex subculture which draws its resources from commercial culture while also reworking them to serve alternative interests.
Rejecting stereotypes of fans as cultural dupes, social misfits, and mindless consumers, Jenkins represents media fans as active producers and skilled manipulators of program meanings, as nomadic poachers constructing their own culture from borrowed materials, as an alternative social community defined through its cultural preferences and consumption practices.
The most influential person when it comes to pop culture and fan studies is without any doubt, Henry Jenkins. Jenkins is an American media scholar and Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts, a joint professorship at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He also is the author and editor of several books on various aspects of media and popular culture.
Here I will list books about books, about fandom, about Media Fan Culture.