Fans’ online activities are often traced through the most active participatory members of fan communities. By contrast, this article examines online fan distribution from the outside in as a way of reconsidering how the peripheries of a fandom shape the communities at the heart of a fan culture. Taking Japanese dorama (television drama series) as my case study, I examine how dorama fans redistribute texts and how they communicate with one another while doing so. I argue that these practices reveal an emerging shadow economy that tantalizing challenges some entrenched ideas about online fan communities and their creative work.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Velvet Light Trap|
|Early online date||24 Nov 2014|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|