Book Reading List: Geek Anthropology Books

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I thought I would share with you a book reading list from time to time. I want to start with books related to Geek Anthropology, one of my passions. Most of them are related to fandom studies. Fandoms are one of the greatest ways by which we can explore human behavior and digital and analog cultures. Some of these books are essentials to start exploring fandoms from a different point of view, not just as a fan or insider who enjoys them. Take them, however, with a pinch of salt, and compare what they say with your own experiences. Will you take this ride with me?

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Understanding Fandom : An Introduction to the Study of Media Fan Culture is a must read if you are interested in all things fandom and have an idea on how academics look at it. It contains a lot of juicy information, however there are some things that are a little bit itchy and I personally don’t agree with them (those realted to fan fiction). Despite this, this book is a jewel! It’s a good staring point on how to take a look at fandoms. If you are a fan, this will help you take a look from another perspective to your favorite fandoms.

Celebrity Culture is a treasure. What is celebrity culture exactly? Where does it come from? How do celebrities behave? And us as their consumers? I really enjoyed this book! It poses really good questions and it makes you take a look at “media” in a different light.

Starstruck : When a Fan Gets Close to Fame is another jewel. The author takes fandom from another perspective: what do celebrities do? How do fans who hang out with celebrities feel? What do fans who work for celebrities think about other fans? And most importantly: what is celebrity culture, exactly? [This book is hard to find though. I found it second hand, but you can still find it first hand if you have the patience.]

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Framing Celebrity : New Directions in Celebrity Culture is a collection of writings that analize media, fame and fandoms from a spooky perspective. Reality TV, internet, fandom, celebitry body consumption and politics are discussed in this book. A good read. Again: take it with a pinch of salt, you may not agree with some stuff.

FIC : Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World explores the gorgeous world of fan fiction. It explores the culture and history of fan fiction writing and how literature feeds on it! Do you really think that fanfic is something new? Not really! Read this book and get amazed! [Highly recommended for those who love fan fiction.]

Fan Phenomena: Supernatural is a must read for every single Supernatural fan. But it’s also interesting for those who have no clue about the fandom. Not only you can discover the family of Supernatural, but also what triggers a fan to do what a fan does. It is easy to read, funny and it opens Pandora’s box!




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  • These looks really interesting! I studied film and media once upon a time, but none of the books I read about fan culture there were written by fans, and some of them even seemed very disrespectful towards the culture, which sort of took away much of the enjoyment of reading. I’ll have to see if I can find any of your recommendations here. I’ve also been wanting to check out your book, but I don’t have a Kindle – is there any other way to read it?

    • Awww! I also read some books on media literacy!! Very interesting! As for the list above, I left out one book that you might like: Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls. This one is a jewel, it’s two academics going on the fandom way, and it’s like… you have to read it! (I’m finishing it at the moment).

      From the books above, they are mostly academics, but it’s cool as long as you take your notes on what you agree and what you don’t agree (I do that a lot. In fact the poor books are highlighted and with notes on the sides! LOL yup got’em all)

      You can find my book here: http://www.depepi.com/books/ Here I post all the books I am publishing (atm just one) in all their versions: digital and paper. [Link to book: http://www.lulu.com/shop/pepi-valderrama/geek-anthropology-of-lokis-army/paperback/product-22317634.html ] I went with Lulu because I had already used it in the past. πŸ™‚

      I will make more fandom related book lists, I didn’t want to make a mammoth one. Like 6 books per post maximum. There are other good titles that I’ve read that I’ll mention in the future πŸ™‚

      • I’ll add it to my list to check out, too, thanks for this very long reply. I can’t wait to see what other fandom books you’ll recommend in future posts. And I’m just ordering your book now πŸ˜€

        • Wow!!! Thank you!!! <3 <3
          I'm thinking about listing the documentaries that I've seen about fandom too! πŸ˜€ So, I'll list more stuff than just books! [Some were on youtube, others not, I hope I can find again the ones on youtube… I'll have to check that out first]
          Again: Big THANK YOU!
          xoxo

          • Doooooooo iiiiiiiiiit! (Or the more polite version: I would love to read that πŸ˜‰ ).

          • LOL Okay!!! I’ll do it :p

  • Kay

    So many of these seem fascinating! I think it’d be great to read and compare the difference between fandom/fangirl and celebrity culture (I definitely think there’s a difference!)

    • Yeees!! They are all really interesting!! And yes, there are differences πŸ˜‰ [It depends on which side of the coin you’re in, BUT how we consume fandom is part of celebrity culture… OMG, I could write about it during hours!!!]

  • Many of these look pretty interesting. Might have to include at least one on my wishlist! Might start with the SPN one πŸ™‚

    • Oh yes yes yes πŸ™‚ SPN fanbooks are awesome (the two I’ve read so far πŸ˜‰ I’ll add the other one on another list πŸ˜‰ )

  • I’m def checking ALL these books out! *saves this post for later reference* πŸ˜‰ <3 <3 <3 <3

    • Thank you!! I’m sure you’ll love the SPN one πŸ˜€ There’s another good one called Fangasm πŸ˜‰
      xoxo

      • I’ve heard of both of those books, regarding SPN. Lolz! Of course. πŸ˜‰ I just haven’t gotten around to getting them yet, because, well, I haven’t been in much of a reading mood lately but I need to turn that around. Haha! πŸ˜‰ <3 <3 <3 <3

        • You’ll love them πŸ˜‰ When you get the chance, get’em and read’em πŸ˜€

  • This sounds fascinating. Putting some on my library list now.

    • Yay!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€