Synopses & Reviews
David Lynch and Mark Frostand#8217;s television series Twin Peaks
debuted in April 1990 and by June of 1991 had been cancelled. Yet the impact of this surreal, unsettling showand#8212;ostensibly about the search for homecoming queen Laura Palmerand#8217;s killerand#8212;is far larger than its short run might indicate. A forerunner of the moody, disjointed, cinematic television shows that are commonplace today, Twin Peaks
left a lasting impression, and nowhere is that more clear than in the devotion of its legions of loyal fans.
Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks is the first book of its kind to revisit Lynch and Frost's groundbreaking series and explore how the show's cult status continues to thrive in the digital era. In ten essays, the contributors take a deeper look at Twin Peaks' rich cast of characters, iconic locations, and its profound impact on television programming, as well as the impact of new media and fan culture on the showand#8217;s continued relevance. Written by fans for fans, Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks is an intelligent yet accessible guide to the various aspects of the show and its subsequent film.and#160;Featuring commentary from both first generation and more recent followers, these essays capture the endlessly fascinating universe of Twin Peaks, from Audrey Horne's keen sense of style to Agent Cooper's dream psychology.
The first non-academic collection that speaks to the show's fan base rather than a scholarly audience, this book is more approachable than previous Twin Peaks critical studies volumes and features color images of the series, film, and fan media. It will be welcomed by anyone seduced by the strangeness and camp of Lynchand#8217;s seminal series.
In addition to the two most widely known and ever-evolving concepts linked to the film (midnight cult movie and audience participation), promotes recognized but understudied areas of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, such as its influence in sparking the development of the pastiche tribute film (homage to B grade sci-fi, Hammer horror, early 20th century musicals, etc.), emerging queer theory of the 70s, glam rock style, hedonism (for the philosophy section), and the creative use of audience dialogue in recreating and interacting with the spoken and sung language of the film.
When The Rocky Horror Picture Show
was released in 1975, it initially received an indifferent reception in movie theaters, but it began to gain notoriety after it was embraced by audiences at midnight screenings in New York City and elsewhere. The movie tells of the misadventures of Brad and Janet, newly engaged, whose car breaks down in a rainstorm, forcing them to seek refuge in the castle of the bizarre and flamboyant Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
An homage to campy B-movies, sci-fi, and horror films, the movie wasandmdash;and still isandmdash;more than the sum of its parts. Participatory and party-like, midnight showings attract moviegoers who dress as film characters, sing along with the catchy show tunes, and interact with the action on screen. In the four decades since its release, it has become a cultural phenomenon, not to mention one of the most commercially successful films of all time.
In Fan Phenomena: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Marisa C. Hayes brings together a diverse group of writers who explore the filmandrsquo;s influence on the development of the pastiche tribute film, emerging queer activism of the 1970s, glam rock style, and the creative use of audience dialogue in recreating and interacting with the spoken and sung language of the film.
Spotlighting a cult phenomenon and its fans, many of who count the number of times theyandrsquo;ve seen the movie in the hundreds, this contribution to the Fan Phenomena series covers never-before-explored topics related to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. For anyone who has ever done the andldquo;Time Warp,andrdquo; this will be essential reading.
About the Author
Marisa C. Hayes
is a Franco-American artist and scholar working at the crossroads of film, literature, and the performing arts.
Franck Boulandegrave;gue is a film critic for various French research journals.
Table of Contents
Marisa C. Hayes
Chapter 1: Fashion and Fetish: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dark Cabaret Aesthetics and Proto-Punk
Chapter 2: Doing the Time Warp: Youth Culture, Coming-of-Age and The Rocky Horror Picture Show Through the Years
Taos Glickman and Shawn deMille
and#160;Chapter 3: Shadowing the Boss: Leadership and the Collective Creation of a Frank-N-Furter Identity in Rocky Horror Fan Casts
Chapter 4: and#39;A Strange Journeyand#39;: Finding Carnival in The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Chapter 5: Fishnet Economy: The Commerce of Costumes and The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Aubrey L. C. Mishou
Chapter 6: Performing Promiscuity: Female Sexuality, Fandom and The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Chapter 7: Philosophical Currents Through Film: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reuben C. Oreffo
Chapter 8: Sanity for Today: Brad and Janetand#39;s Post-Rocky Shock Treatment
Chapter 9: and#39;Donand#39;t Dream it, Be itand#39;: The Method in the Madness of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Chapter 10: Mercy Killing: Rocky Horror, the Loss of Innocence and the Death of Nostalgia