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ISBN-13: 978-0807006399 ISBN-10: 0807006394

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807006394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807006399
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 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: #2,964,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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




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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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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.

Photo Credit: William Quigley, 2012.

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I received an advanced reader copy of this book so I will not comment on the editing of this one.
Lisa Pottgen
I read this book for class but I think that everyone who is a fan of the Twilight book and film series should read this book.
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I enjoyed those parts, even though I wish she had talked about several parts a little more and cut others.
Patricia | bookexhibitionism.de

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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 6, 2013
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I read this book for class but I think that everyone who is a fan of the Twilight book and film series should read this book. Tanya Erzen is not only critical but also a fan of the series so she has the perfect mix of criticism without being too hard on the series. The book helps to explain why Twilight has become such a phenomenon but helps us critically look at what the book is saying to young girls and women. The book was so interesting and really fun to read it opened up my mind to so many aspects of the book that I never thought of before.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I don't generally read and review nonfiction, but as a fan of the Twilight series, I was intrigued and interested in the concept behind this particular work. While I enjoyed the in-depth look at the fandom and the different aspects of it, I felt that the thoughts were a little disjointed. It felt like the author hopped from one subject to another and the transitions could have been a bit smoother. I felt like the timeline was all over the place.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book so I will not comment on the editing of this one.

I felt that the facts were displayed well. it might have been better if the footnotes were accessible by clicking on them in the eBook, but perhaps that was corrected in the final edition.
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