Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1384-6930
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7286




In this contribution, recent theories on fandom, stressing the activity of the viewer, the subcultural capital of the fan and creative reception of film text and context, are put to the test in a specific case of the reception of The Return of the King in Belgium. The empirical part presents results form a large scale qualitative audience study with Lord of the Rings fans. The analysis of focus group conversations allows for a preliminary design of a threefold typology for Lord of the Rings fandom, based on the discourses, attitudes and actions of fans. Criteria are the levels of engagement, the point of reference for the films and the duration of the fandom.

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In deze bijdrage wordt de recente theorievorming over ‘fandom’, waarin de activiteit van de kijker en het subcultureel kapitaal van de fan benadrukt wordt, getoetst aan de concrete case van de receptie van The Return of the King in België. Het empirische deel rapporteert over een grootschalig kwalitatief publieksonderzoek via focusgroepen met Lord of the Rings-fans.


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