Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings

Call for chapters
Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings
Deadline for abstracts: 15 May 2014

Intellect’s Fan Phenomena series is seeking chapters for a new volume on fandom and The Lord of the Rings films. The series explores and decodes the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cult phenomenon, and how a particular person, TV show or film infiltrates its way into the public consciousness.

The Lord of the Rings (Fan Phenomena) title will examine the film’s ‘fan culture’, including matters of audience participation and iconic status, as well as other areas of influence and impact. Subjects are to be addressed in a thoughtful and accessible manner aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural, economic, and social aspects of The Lord of the Rings.

Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

– Fan media
– Cult status
– Film-based tourism
– Website and forum interactions
– Character franchises
– Adaptation processes
– Audience reception
– Prequels/sequels
– Film location guides
– Fantasy fandom
– Merchandise
– Economics
– Collector editions
– Media design
– The importance of ‘location’
– Gender portrayal
– The philosophy of LOTR

Interviews with The Lord of the Rings tour organisers, fan-media coordinators, or authors of LOTR-related books (especially of tourism and film guides) will also be considered as additional pieces.

Please send an abstract (300 words) and a short bio (250 words max) by 15 May 2014. Please direct all questions and submissions to Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell: lorna.piatti-farnell[at]