Lately in class we have been talking about fan culture and the fanaticism that many people have over pop culture trends. I find fan culture very interesting as it can relate to many people at one time. When I think of fan culture, I tend to think of tweens and their fascination with things like Twilight and Harry Potter. The reason I think that I find fan culture so interesting is that I tend to be one of those people who hears about new movies or books that are popular I’ll look into them. I’m not saying I’m a bandwagon-er but I like to do research on popular culture. I’ll admit when I was in high school I was obsessed with Harry Potter, honestly ask me any question having to do with the books and I could answer it in 5 seconds flat.
I think that fan culture is so important to our lives these days because of things like Twilight and Harry Potter. Instead of giving our lives enjoyment through entertainment, these books and movies become a part of our lives. The books sell in astonishing capacity internationally and when they are made into movies the stars of the movies are seen as gods in their own right.
Take for instance Rob Robert Pattinson, he stars as Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies. Before this movie, he garnered slight fame appearing in the Harry Potter movies as Cedric Diggory, but as a result of Twilight he has been thrown into popular culture. Quickly doing a Google search for him his name receives 17,500,000 hits. How insane is that, he became popular in early 2008 when his name was thrown into the running for playing Edward Cullen and now he gets that many hits on Google.
Fan culture has become a part of our lives… especially if you’re a 13 year old girl. It seems that we associate fan culture with tween girls, but fan culture is spread around a large demographic of people (like fans of Lost).
Why is it that we assume all fan culture consists of 13 year old girls drooling over Robert Pattinson?