Feel the Connection, Open a Page
Opening a book can be a dangerous thing. It can lead you to feelings and emotions that you have never felt before. A book can lead you to magical lands, and make you fall in and out of love in the blink of an eye. Sometimes they can even make you hurl them across the room in frustration.
When you feel connected to a book, you’ll do whatever it takes to keep that connection alive. There’s nothing worse than realising that the sequel to your favourite book hasn’t even been written yet. How do you keep the feeling fresh in your mind in a gap that can vary from a few months to a few years?
Fans of popular fiction have found ways to unite through fan fiction, forums, fan sites, local and school libraries, reviews and pop culture conventions. These avenues give fans a chance to socialise, meet like minded individuals and indulge in discussions about their strong feelings about the franchise.
Without loyal fan bases, these franchises would not be nearly as popular, but on the other hand, without real quality work there wouldn’t be such strong feelings and emotions attached to the franchises.
Some examples of series that have captured the hearts of fans worldwide include Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Discworld, Twilight, Percy Jackson and Vampire Academy. So now if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to put on our cloaks, pick up our wands and have a butter beer in Diagon Alley.
Emma Suyasa (Ashfield Library)
Karen Deegan (Fairfield Library)
Deb Cox (Hornsby Library)
Katherine Rogerson (St Vincents College)