Crossing Fandoms: SuperWhoLock and the Contemporary Fan Audience

Paul Booth
February 23, 2017

Crossing Fandoms: SuperWhoLock and the Contemporary Fan Audience

By: Paul Booth, College of Communication

What do you get when you cross the cult shows "Doctor Who," "Supernatural" and "Sherlock?"

"Crossing Fandoms" explores the fan-created crossover universe known as SuperWhoLock - a universe where Sherlock Holmes and Dean Winchester work together to fight monsters like the Daleks and the Weeping Angels; a world where John Watson is friends with Amy Pond; a space where the unique brands of fandom interact.

Crossing Fandoms

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"Crossing Fandoms" argues that SuperWhoLock represents more than just those three shows - it is a way of doing fandom. Through interviews with fans and analysis of fan texts, this book also demonstrates how fan studies in the digital age can evolve to take into account changing fan activities and texts.

What makes your book or chapter different or unique from others in the same genre?

This book examines the fan-created combination of "Doctor Who," "Sherlock" and "Supernatural" as a uniquely digital fan experience and as a metaphor for ongoing scholarship into contemporary fandom.

About the author: 

Paul Booth is an associate professor of media and cinema studies at DePaul. He has authored and edited multiple books, including "Game Play" and "Controversies in Digital Ethics." He has published numerous articles on fans, social media and technology. His research interests include fandom, new technologies and media, popular culture and cult media. 

Publisher, publication date, length:

Palgrave, May 2016, 135 pages 

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