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Fan Phenomena Week - staff views

Some of Intellect’s staff share their thoughts about Fandom and the cultural impact of their favourite phenomena.

 
Alice Gillam, Marketing Assistant
 
What film, TV or book series are you a fan of?
Veronica Mars
 
What do you think makes it so popular and have such a cultural impact?
It was never particular popular in terms of ratings and was in fact cancelled after 3 seasons. It has avid fans that have helped fund a kickstarter in order to bring the characters back in a standalone movie. It enjoyed critical success, however this was mainly for the first season. It was unusual in being a teen TV series with a strong female lead, who was allowed to be difficult, complex and often not particularly nice in a way that female characters in mainstream TV programs rarely are. However it probably did not have any significant cultural impact, unfortunately this type of complex female lead is still pretty rare in pop culture. It was cancelled is favour of a reality show about the Pussycat Dolls.
 
What would your cosplay costume be if you visited Comicon?
I'm not a big fan of dressing up so it would probably be something I could get away with putting minimal effort into. Perhaps Mystique disguising herself as me.
 
 
Tim Mitchell, Assistant Publisher
 
What film, TV or book series are you a fan of?
Six Feet Under
 
What is it about this 'phenomena' that appeals to you?
Intelligent use of popular culture to discuss questions about death and how it is approached in western society.
 
What do you think makes it so popular and have such a cultural impact?
It is an incredibly well–written series set within the confines of a particular family and funeral home with each episode taking the death of an individual to explore wider cultural issues of religion, race, drugs, sex, identity and so on. Excellent use of black humour and cynicism. Occasionally shocking but never gratuitous. One of the finest examples of television production values and a narrative arc being used in a way that matches the aesthetic impact of both cinema and the novel in their respective ways.
 
What would your cosplay costume be if you visited Comicon?

Not sure this applies, thoroughly everyday characterisation, which is part of the attraction! 

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