The following is Fan-Culture.org’s list of books to check out that are specifically about fans within pop culture and their lives, whether touching on this subject in a large or small scale. Link to the list will be posted in an update anytime something new is added. The list, for books that contain descriptions, may include mild spoilers. The list comprises of fiction or nonfiction pieces. Anything underlined is a link to where you can purchase/read more about the book(s). More after page break:
- StarStruck: When a Fan Gets Close to Fame by Michael Joseph Gross – the “Bible” for anyone interested in or studying fanaticism. Read my review of the book HERE - non fiction
- The Adoring Audience by Lisa Lewis, non fiction – sociology of fanaticism, “defining fandom”
- a link with MANY books about particular pieces of pop culture and the philosophy behind them, which can touch on fanaticism HERE - my recommendation is the book about The Simpsons, as it was the main text book for a course I took on the cartoon family in college – fiction meets nonfiction
- Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope by Morgan Spurlock, non fiction – a high quality photo book with some written stories based on his documentary, under the same title Continue reading
Updated this site’s list of fan-related movies HERE
Don’t forget to check out the TV show list HERE
Soon to come – a book list!
Photo by Amanda Rosenblatt
You know the saying ”Don’t quit your dayjob”? Well with the whacky and unique items Brian Chanes and Tracey McCall of Profiles in History see on a day-to-day basis, why would they want to? I mean, c’mon, SteveO of JackAss once came to the crew to have his leopard man-thong appraised. Seriously.
Fan-Culture.org caught up with the two PIH employees, who you may also recognize from the Syfy series Hollywood Treasure (back on-air May 22nd) featuring Joe Maddalena. In this video interview, the two are not above being fans themselves, stating if they had unlimited money, Tracey would bid on a Marilyn Monroe dress and Brian wished he could have bid on the orinal Star Trek Command Chair PIH once had in their possession.
“There’s something for everyone,” McCall said on the variety of auctions they hold, as well as fan interests themselves. “That’s the beauty of collecting – everyone and anyone can be a collector!” You can check out another PIH related exclusive via a post on this site from a while back on the fan who won this auction house’s raffle contest.
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The following is Fan-Culture.org’s list of television shows/episodes to check out that are specifically about fans within pop culture and their lives (movie list is HERE), whether touching on this subject in a large or small scale. Link to the list will be posted in an update anytime something new is added. The list may include mild spoilers and because so many different TV shows/programs/interviews have talked about fanaticism or had fan stories, this will be a general list. The list comprises of scripted shows or reality programming - more listed after page break:
- Hannah Montana, scripted, series – a teenager balances real life and the life of a pop star, encountering many of her fans along the way who have no idea she’s living a double life.
- True Life, reality, multiple episodes – “I’m a Fanatic” (2003), “I’m a Fanboy” (2009), “I’m Addicted to Video Games” (2010), “This is Me Now” (2007), “I’m a Sports Fanatic” (2009)
- Rock the House, reality, series – Celebrities surprise one of their fans by making over a room in their house within less than a day. They also surprise them by meeting them at the end of the episode. Example: AJ of Backstreet Boys made over fan Ana’s living room. Continue reading
The winning ticket and the prize. Photo from Amanda Rosenblatt
Linda, a cancer survivor and single mom from Illinois, did what hundreds, maybe even thousands, of C2E2 convention attendees did. She filled out a blue raffle ticket at the Profiles in History booth to win a giveaway, dropped it in the clear plastic case and walked away. She completely forgot about it until she found out she had won.
“I am pretty overwhelmed right now,” the smiling fan stated as she stood near her prize. “This is the best case scenario,” General Manager of Profiles Fong Sam said of the situation. “We were a little concerned the fan wouldn’t show up and that we’d have to ship the item, but this is so much better!”
You can see video of Linda opening up her prize, the mock first issue comic of Captain America from the film “Captain America” starring Chris Evans, along with the Fong Sam interview, plus footage of Josh Gates of “Destination Truth” and Joe Maddalena of Profiles/“Hollywood Treasure”. Two more photos from the event after the page break.
(Photo from Amanda Rosenblatt) At C2E2 in Chicago IL this past weekend, Steven Yeun of The Walking Dead sat down with Fan-Culture.org.
In this video, he talked about not only about being a Chicago local and upcoming filming of the hit AMC show, but he also spoke about his favorite fan encounter, so far. “It got out that I was staying at this hotel and that I visited this coffee shop one time, so this one girl drove three hours and waited for me all day long hoping that I would show up at this coffee shop,” Yeun said. You can hear the rest of the amazing story by clicking to watch this video. Please comment and spread this around if you liked it, readers
(photo from AllOut.org) The Force is not so strong with some video game fans, it seems. Because of EA Games’ inclusion of a gay romance in the latest Star Wars game story line, the company has been attacked by their own fans with homophobia-laden complaints stating there will be a boycott. Someone should really tell these folks that this is not a trap (rimshot) and it’s only included in the game if the player CHOOSES to put it in their story line. There is something you can do if you disagree with this negativity. Sign this petition from ALLOUT.ORG and once their goal is met, AllOut members will dress as Star Wars characters to deliver the petition to EA headquarters Sign it, you must! This site runner did.
The following is Fan-Culture.org’s list of films to check out that are specifically about fans within pop culture and their lives, whether touching on this subject in a large or small scale. Link to the list will be posted in an update anytime something new is added. The list may include mild spoilers. The list comprises of feature films (film) or documentaries (doc) - many more listed after page break:
- Almost Famous, film -a young fan follows a band on the road for Rollingstone Magazine
- FanBoys, film -a group of Star Wars fans take a road trip to try & sneak into Skywalker Ranch
- The People Versus George Lucas, doc -about the love/hate relationship Lucas fans have with the creator of the Star Wars series and other films
- For the Love of Dolly, doc – multiple Dolly Parton fans tell their stories & talk about Dollywood
- Detroit Rock City, film – high school friends take a 1970′s roadtrip to a KISS concert in Detroit
- Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, doc – about Comic Con International & it’s fans
Sorry if the recent posts seemed saturated in Lady Gaga and “Destination Truth” themes. There will definitely be more diverse and interesting stories to share down the line. Thanks for visiting! <3 Amanda