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"The Florals": Fans Over 50 in the Sherlock Fandom

Sat, May 27, 14:00 to 15:15, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Floor: 3, Aqua 313


This paper uses e-mail interviews with nine female fans to explore what it means to be a fan over fifty of the popular BBC drama Sherlock (2010-). The research aims to better understand the role of fandom in later life, in particular how the participants in this study negotiate their perceptions of their subjective age in relation to being a fan in this part of their life course (Harrington et al. 2011). This study combines theory on cultural gerontology with fan studies and mediatization theory in order to understand the processes that guide fans’ negotiations of subjective age as well as the role of fan practices and the affordances of social media in these processes. I argue that fandom, as a manifestation of a mediatized culture, augments the relevance of subjective age and informs the way in which participants in middle and later life perceive and negotiate their subjective age.