Gilmore Girls generations: disrupting generational belonging in long-term fandom

Line Nybro Petersen*

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Abstract

This article is a study of fans of the television series Gilmore Girls (2000–2007) in the context of the revival series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016), when the series returned with a four-episode special on Netflix after being off the air for nine years. The series revolves around a single mother and her daughter, and this article shows how fans use representations of familial relationships, generations and transitional life stages in their own life course as long-term fans. The article combines theory on long-running serial narratives, media generations and cultural gerontology with fan studies theory, and analyses email interviews with 27 long-time fans of Gilmore Girls aged between 21 and 67 years. This article argues that being a long-term fan with an intense relationship to a media text (e.g. constantly re-watching old episodes) disrupts fans’ experience of generational belonging through: (1) what is experienced as nostalgic or a lack of nostalgia; (2) shifting character identifications across the life course and cross-generational identification; and (3) constantly ascribing new meaning to the media text as fans experience transitional stages in their own lives.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCelebrity Studies
Volume9
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)216-230
ISSN1939-2397
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Keywords

  • ageing
  • Fan studies
  • Gilmore Girls
  • life course
  • long-term fandom
  • media generations
  • serial narratives

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Gilmore Girls generations : disrupting generational belonging in long-term fandom. / Petersen, Line Nybro.

In: Celebrity Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2018, p. 216-230.

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