Author(s): Hannah Ewens
From the Byromaniacs of the 19th century (who can still be found now, if you look hard enough), through to the Beatle hysteria of the early 60s and the OneDirectioners of today, female fans have long driven the objects of their affection to the giddy heights of life-changing fame. So why don't these women and other marginalized groups get any credit? Why are they derided and frequently the butt of jokes? Without these people, in the past, books and records would have gathered dust on shelves, unsold and forgotten. Now, concerts wouldn't sell out, revenue streams from merchandising would disappear and the music industry wouldn't be much of an industry at all. In Fangirls, journalist Hannah Ewens is on a mission to give these individuals their rightful due. A self-confessed fangirl herself, she traces the path of fans through recent history: the ups, the downs, the lengths they go to; but also the communities and camaraderie created by these communities off- and online and the lifeline they can provide.