Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks (Book)

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. 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 colour images of the series, film and fan media. It will be welcomed by anyone seduced by the strangeness and camp of Lynch’s seminal series.

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David Lynch and Mark Frost’s television series Twin Peaks debuted in April 1990 and by June of 1991 had been cancelled. Yet the impact of this surreal, unsettling show – ostensibly about the search for homecoming queen Laura Palmer’s killer – 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 ground-breaking 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 show’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. 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 colour images of the series, film and fan media. It will be welcomed by anyone seduced by the strangeness and camp of Lynch’s seminal series.

Franck Boulegue is a film critic for various French research journals.

Marisa C. Hayes is a Franco-American artist and scholar working at the crossroads of film, literature, and the performing arts.

Introduction – Marisa C. Hayes with Franck Boulègue

Peaks and Pop Culture – Shara Lorea Clark

Fan Appreciation no.1
Bryan Hogue: Co-owner 'Black Lodge Video'

Audrey in Five Outfits – Angela K. Bayout

Embodiment of The Mystery: Performance and Video Art Go Twin Peaks – Gry Worre Hallberg and Ulf Rathjen Kring Hansen

The Owls Are Not What They Seem: Cultural Artifacts of Twin Peaks – Andrew Howe

Fan Appreciation no.2
Pieter Dom, founder and webmaster of WelcometoTwinPeaks.com

'Yeah, But the Monkey Says, Judy': A Critical Approach to Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me – Scott Ryan and Joshua Minton

Fan Appreciation no.3
Low Zu Boon: Film Programmer at the National Museum of Singapore

The Dream Logic of Twin Peaks – Kelly Bulkeley

Twin Peaks and the 'Disney Princess' Generation – David Griffith

Bond on Bond: Laura Palmer and Agent Cooper in Twin Peaks – David Bushman

Strange Spaces: Cult Topographies in Twin Peaks – Fran Pheasant-Kelly

Gothic Daemon BOB – Chris Murray

 

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