Larger than life: exploring the transcultural fan practices of the Dutch Backstreet Boys fandom

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Abstract

This study examines how the media use of non-Anglo American fans of the Backstreet Boys played a role in maintaining their long-term fandom. It does this by exploring how Dutch fans of the group negotiated its global reach and impact. The findings indicate that in the early days of the band’s fame, fans could rely on frequent (translated) coverage of this cultural text in the Dutch media. However, when the group disappeared off the Dutch media’s radar, the fans had to themselves become gate-openers and gatekeepers; they felt responsible for (continuing) circulating news, created their own Dutch fan-sites and fan-forums and befriended other (Dutch and international) fans online to sustain their fandom. Consequently, this study exposes how transcultural practices feature in this Dutch fandom, as well as how adapting and implementing new forms of media use helps to uphold long-term fandom in general.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-196
Number of pages17
JournalParticipations, Journal of Audience and Reception Studies (online)
Volume12
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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