’The Book of Stars’: Understanding a consumer’s fan relationship with a film actress through a narrative transportation approach

Markus Wohlfeil, Susan Whelan

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Although consumers have always been fascinated by the works and private lives of film stars, scant attention has been paid as to how the relationship between fans and film actors expresses itself in everyday consumer behaviour. This paper sets therefore out to explore celebrity fandom as a holistic lived experience from an individual fan’s insider point of view. Using subjective personal introspection, the lead author provides insights into his own private everyday lived fan relationship with the actress Jena Malone. The findings indicate that the fan engages with the film star’s public persona through a personal intertextual reading of “reliable” media texts, which can even result in a feeling of “knowing” the celebrity like a personal friend–and even “love.”
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-296
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Advances in Consumer Research
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • celebrity fandom
  • Film star fandom
  • fandom
  • fans
  • experiential consumption
  • Narrative transportation theory
  • narrative immersion
  • autoethnography
  • introspection
  • introspective research
  • existential-phenomenology
  • Subjective personal introspection
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Consumer Culture Theory

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