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From the Publisher

A sneak preview of The Cult TV Book, edited by Stacey Abbott, and published on 28 February 2010.

With the phenomenal success of such programmes as 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', 'Lost’, ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’, Cult TV is a hugely exciting and discussed area of contemporary television. ‘The Cult TV Book’ is designed to be the companion reference to this TV phenomenon, whose shows push the boundaries and offer biting commentaries on society today. Cult TV is also changing; where in the past, being cult meant being marginal with a small, loyal fan base, today cult TV is key to the television industry, fandom is now global and energetically online, cult status is fostered by the networks, and cult shows are notable not for their low budgets and schlock, but for spectacular special effects and aesthetic beauty.

So, what is cult TV today? Leading scholars, writers and journalists redefine our understanding of cult television within the contemporary TV landscape, featuring new approaches to a wealth of subjects, including music in cult TV, the impact of new media on the fans, and the 'sub-cultural celebrity'. Writers, including Nancy Holder, Roz Kaveney and ‘Buffy’'s Jane Espenson, offer perspectives on writing cult shows, as well as the tie-in and fan fiction that accompany the love and passion for these series. An array of case studies, from ‘Star Trek’ to ‘Babylon 5’, ‘Dark Shadows’ to ‘Masters of Horror’, ‘The Avengers’ to ‘The Sopranos’, demonstrate the intricacies and pleasures of shows that have shaped our understanding and love of the daring, diversity and artistry of cult television.

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