Television fiction and online communities

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This article analyzes the feeling of communities of female social viewers who watch television fiction and participate in social networks and forums dedicated to the programs. The sample is made up of 7,849 comments from 157 platforms (49 Facebook pages, 71 Twitter accounts, and 37 forums). We describe the characteristics of these communities of fans, which differ significantly from cult fandoms and are based on ICT interweaving between reception and female viewers’ daily lives. The results reveal that these active online poster and lurker communities express themselves through their emotional ties with the television series, self-reflection, and the manifestation of intimacy. Identification with the group is based on the relationship of the storylines with their own lives, with no attempts at constructing a cultural or political identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-463
Number of pages15
JournalCritical Studies in Media Communication
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2017


  • Television
  • audiences
  • female identities
  • internet
  • online communities
  • social media


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