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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807006335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807006337
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,905,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A thought-provoking and entertaining take on the Twilight phenomenon.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“Tanya Erzen ventures into ‘the Twilight zone’ in this compelling and ultimately sympathetic foray into fan culture, exploring the appeal of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books and movies in a postfeminist age. Erzen argues that what fans do with a text is as important as, or even more important than, the text itself. Part Cinderella Ate My Daughter and part Reviving Ophelia, Erzen’s book is my own personal brand of heroin.”
—Jana Riess, author of What Would Buffy Do? and Flunking Sainthood
 
“Tanya Erzen’s Fanpire provides a much-needed portrait of the girls and women who love Twilight. From how the series appeals to girls’ and women’s ideas of pleasure, power, and romance to the ways in which the love of these books has forged communities and friendships among women, Erzen’s window onto these subjects is both sympathetic and critical. Fanpire is sure to fascinate and, at times, trouble anyone interested in the lives of girls and women today.”
—Donna Freitas, author of Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses
 
“In this carefully researched and insightful account of Twilighters, TwiMoms, WussPerv writers, and other participants in the Twilight universe, Tanya Erzen explores the complicated waterways of Twilight fandom. Listening and engaging with fans of all ages, Erzen’s account of the Twilight empire and the girls and women who love it opens up new ways of thinking about the gendered dimensions of romance, the persistence of the genre among female fans, and the perils and potential of online and offline female fandom.”
—Carol Stabile, author of White Victims, Black Villains: Gender, Race, and Crime News in US Culture
 
“The Twilight phenomenon is too vast and strange to be ignored. Tanya Erzen digs deep into the fandom and finds the confused, the grasping, and even the self-assured among them. It’s always odd, like a horror book should be, but never boring.”
—Amanda Marcotte, author of It’s a Jungle Out There

About the Author

Tanya Erzen is an associate professor of comparative religious studies at Ohio State University. Her work has appeared in the Nation, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. She is the author of Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement, which won the Gustave O. Arlt Award and the Ruth Benedict Prize. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and a visiting scholar at the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia | bookexhibitionism.de on December 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I usually refrain from requesting (and therefore, reviewing) Non-Fiction titles, but there are certain types of books that I can't resist, like.. books about books and fandoms.

Mostly everyone knows that I'm not a big fan of Twilight. At the same time, I'm very much fascinated by how incredibly strong Twilight's influence on us is: People started reading because of the saga, spent dozens of dollars on franchise, and can quote half of the dialogue by heart.

As someone who's just interested enough to care, but not enough to actually attend any TwiCons or movie premieres or whatnot, getting to read about them from a perspective that I can actually appreciate, was the main reason why I ended up reading Fanpire.

It was an interesting read, and pointed out the good and bad things about the series, without being overly enthusiastic or ranty. Erzen certainly tried to avoid conflict there, and that's not a bad thing, except that, because she focussed on the saga as a whole, the book lacked more in-depth chapters. Erzen attended many Twilight-related events, talked to people, shared her conclusions- though those aren't about whether Twilight is great or horrible. It's a widely-known fact: Twilight is popular and the people who enjoy the series are as different from eachother as can be: They are mothers and daughters, men, women, Mormons, atheists, etc.

She talks about the rather dysfunctional relationship of Bella and Edward's, and makes it a point to also show how the majority of the fandom realizes (or has come to realize) that while enjoying their relationship in a book, they'd never want to actually live that.
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By Anne Nelson on December 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
I recieved my copy of "Fanpire: The Twilght Saga and the Women Who Love it" by author Tanya Erzen as a Goodreads win. And as a reader I feel it only fair to give my fair and unbaised opinion in a review. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read your novel.

I felt that it was an interesting read, which points out good as well as the bad things about the series. Erzen diffinetly did try to avoid conflict within the series, and although it's not a bad thing, except Erzen focused on the saga as a whole, the book felt like it lacked more in-depth chapters.
Erzen did extensive work on this book by attending many Twilight events where she was able to talk to people, and then shared her findings/conclusions in Fanpire. (although not about whether The Twilight Series is good or bad). We all know for sure that Twilight is popular with a wide range of followers that span from mothers and daughters, men, women and the list can go on and on.

For the most part, Fanpire is a very readable study, with discussion from Twilight web pages that are for those who love the Twilight Series and all that it involves. (I being one of them)It is a little repetitive at times, but if you bare with it you will enjoy it.

Fanpire is an interesting read, and I think the author's do have some insight though I am not sure it truly explains my own love and addiction with the series. I feel that addictions to some series of books simply can't be explained, sucha as the case with the popularity of Twilight is one of them.

I did enjoy this read with no regrets reading Fanpire, and it was interesting to see some more older/mature women (and men) talking about Twilight. along with young girls yelling their love for Rob/Edward.
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By djs on March 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Erzen offers extensive descriptions of the Twilight fan cultures, but only tentatively ventures into theoretical analysis.

At its weakest, this book simply catalogues the means of fans devotion. Much of the fifth chapter, for example, is dedicated to listing things that Twilight readers can buy at a Twilight convention. But why would people want glow-in-the-dark Edward face soap, or Twilight-inspired raincoats or baseball bats or shower curtains? What's going on when someone decides to buy a tampon holder decorated with Edward's head? Erzen doesn't offer any theories.

The most interesting parts of _Fanpire_ are those where Erzen reports on internal differences within fan cultures. Among those who write "smutty" fan fiction, for example, Erzen finds a debate about the responsibilities fantasy writers have. Does it matter that their depictions of the "first time" are unrealistic? Should taboos -- such as pregnant women having sex -- be respected or challenged? Is it ethical to depict rape fantasies? In another example of this, Erzen looks at the competing religious interpretations people have offered of the series, from those who see it as a Latter-day Saints parable, to those who read it as a non-denominational retelling of Christians' relationship to Jesus, to those who want Cullenism to be a religion-like thing, to those religious people who've denounced the series. For the most part, Erzen only reports on these disputes, but that reporting opens a window onto how readers have responded to the text in a variety of ways, and gives one a sense of how they read, how they relate to the book, and how they make use of it in their lives.

This book is useful for those studying fan cultures, but not as useful as it could be.
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More About the Author

The author of "Fanpire: The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love it" (Beacon Press, 2012), Tanya Erzen is an associate professor of comparative religious studies at Ohio State University. Her work has appeared in the Nation, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. She is the author of Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement, which won the Gustave O. Arlt Award and the Ruth Benedict Prize. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and a visiting scholar at the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle.

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