Life as a Star Wars fan

Star Wars, or at least, the Skywalker Saga, ended late last year. Watching the final chapter of the saga that startet 42 years ago (fun fact: I’m three days younger than the premiere of the first film), I was left elated, overjoyed, but also strangely relieved. I loved this film, as I have loved all the Star Wars films that

My favorite tv and streaming series of 2019

The new year is upon us, and with it, the decade is coming to a close. The decade has seen the increase in streaming services rising to dominate the home entertainment industry, while gradually pushing regular television broadcasts and DVD/Bluray sales to the side. I’ve been watching a lot of series this year, maybe more than usual, and even though

The Many Adaptations of War of the Worlds

The classic novel, The War of the Worlds by HG Wells, is arguably one of the most influental pieces of science fiction ever written. Released in 1897, first in serial format and a year later as a novel, it paved the way for other science fiction writers, and later, film makers. It is the foundation of a whole sub-genre of

Norwegian Comic Con and the Power of Positive Fandom

Each year, in late Fall, an event is held on the outskirts of Oslo. This is SpillExpo (translated: Games Expo), or, as it is also called: Norwegian Comic Con. And as with other Comic Cons around the world, this event celebrates a wide range of fandoms, games, cosplay and related stuff. The event lasts for three days, and last year

Fandom and Iconic Branding

Fandom will develop around brands that can be seen as iconic. After all, even though just about everyone drinks milk, very few will call themselves a true fan of milk. Milk cosplay won’t be very common, and convention about milk won’t sell many tickets. An iconic brand is one that has a profound impact on culture and the ability to

Fan Activities

What do fans do? Here are seven activities that are common in many fandoms. And if some of the words are sounding religious, that’s no accident. Fandoms have many aspects in common with religion, and many religions could be seen as fandoms in their own right. Here are seven fan activities that most fandoms have in common. Again, I recommend

A Short Introduction to Fandom

Fandom can be described in various ways, but as I see it, it is a common denominator to describe various social activities centered around certain brands and activities. These activities gives fans a feeling of belonging and strengthened feeling of identity, which also results in increased loyalty to the brand in question. The following descriptions is, along with my own

The Driving Forces of Negative Fandom

At a party I went to this summer, I found myself in a conversation with another Star Wars fan, and he suddenly asked me how much I disliked, or even hated the Star Wars film The Last Jedi. A bit taken aback, I answered that I didn’t hate or even dislike the film. I actually found it quite enjoyable, with