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Finding Truth in Fiction: What Fan Culture Gets Right--and Why it's Good to Get Lost in a Story

Karen E. Dill-Shackleford and Cynthia Vinney


Being a fan of a popular film, television, or book franchise is something most of us enjoy. But, we may not be familiar with the scientific study of fictional narrative or of fandom. In this book, two media psychologists reveal the sometimes-paradoxical idea that fiction helps us find truth in our real lives. Whether you consider yourself a fan or whether you find yourself thinking of a particular fictional scene for inspiration, you are not alone. Perfectly sane people regularly admit that their favorite stories are important to them. Although journalists sometimes assume that the interest in ... More

Keywords: fiction, fans, psychology, story, narrative, film, television, popular culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190643607
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190643607.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen E. Dill-Shackleford, author
Professor of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University

Cynthia Vinney, author
Doctoral Candidate, Fielding Graduate University