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Narratives, Nerdfighters, and New Media

Narratives, Nerdfighters, and New Media

by Jennifer Burek Pierce

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Overview

For decades, we’ve been warned that video killed the radio star, and, more recently, that social media has replaced reading. Nerdfighteria, a first-of-its-kind online literary community with nearly three million members, challenges these assumptions. It is the brainchild of brothers Hank and John Green, who provide literary themed programming on their website and YouTube channel, including video clips from John, a best-selling author most famous for his young adult book, The Fault in Our Stars. These clips not only give fans personal insights into his works and the writing process writ large, they also provide unique access to the author, inspiring fans to create their own fan art and make connections with one another.

In the twenty-first century, reading and watching videos are related activities that allow people to engage with authors and other readers. Whether they turn to The Fault in Our Stars or titles by lesser-known authors, Nerdfighters are readers. Incorporating thousands of testimonials about what they read and why, Jennifer Burek Pierce not only sheds light on this particular online community, she also reveals what it tells us about the changing nature of reading in the digital age. In Nerdfighteria, we find a community who shows us that being online doesn’t mean disinterest in books.



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ISBN-13: 9781609387181
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 11/15/2020
Edition description: 1
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Burek Pierce is associate professor of library and information science at the University of Iowa. She is author of What Adolescents Ought to Know: Sexual Health Texts in Early Twentieth-century America. She lives and writes in the Midwest.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction | Reading John Green and Writing Anticipatory History 1

1 Welcome to Nerdfighteria 28

2 Nerdfighteria by Numbers 48

3 Connections, Commerce, and Philanthropy 71

4 A Community of Readers 91

5 Words and Worlds: Responding to TFiOS 116

Conclusion | The Road to Nerdfighteria 135

Appendix A Nerdfighteria: A Chronology of Events, 2005-2020 149

Appendix B Computational Analysis of Qualitative Nerdfighteria Census Data: Terms and Concepts 159

Appendix C Selected Nerdfighteria Census Dataset Questions and Figures 161

Notes 163

Bibliographic Essay 209

Index 215

What People are Saying About This

“Devotees of the work of the Brothers Green—John and Hank—will be delighted by Burek Pierce’s deep dive into the world of Nerdfighteria. A model of academic integrity, this book is of such compelling interest that it will find a general readership alongside an enthusiastic academic one. Nerdfighters will rejoice.”—Michael Cart, YA literature expert, author

Michael Cart

“Devotees of the work of the Brothers Green—John and Hank—will be delighted by Burek Pierce’s deep dive into the world of Nerdfighteria. A model of academic integrity, this book is of such compelling interest that it will find a general readership alongside an enthusiastic academic one. Nerdfighters will rejoice.”—Michael Cart, YA literature expert, author

Christine Jenkins

“Burek Pierce does a masterful job of providing the reader with a clear description of the online community of John and Hank Green’s Nerdfighters. She also provides a clear and engaging picture of her own experience in that world, as a scholarly researcher and a genuine fan and observer-participant Nerdfighter herself. The text weaves these insider / outsider perspectives into a clear and very engaging portrait of the multifaceted community of Nerdfighters.”—Christine Jenkins, coauthor, The Heart Has Its Reasons: Young Adult Literature with Gay / Lesbian / Queer Content, 1969–2004

Jonathan Rose

“New media have not replaced books, but they have radically transformed the way we read them. Jennifer Burek Pierce offers a deeply researched analysis of a revolution in progress. She can help you understand how the current generation engages with literature.”—Jonathan Rose, author, The
Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

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