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Fans, Blockbusterisation, and the Transformation of Cinematic Desire

Global Receptions of The Hobbit Film Trilogy

  • Carolyn Michelle
  • Charles H. Davis
  • Ann L. Hardy
  • Craig Hight

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Carolyn Michelle, Charles H. Davis, Ann L. Hardy, Craig Hight
    Pages 1-22
  3. Carolyn Michelle, Charles H. Davis, Ann L. Hardy, Craig Hight
    Pages 23-52
  4. Carolyn Michelle, Charles H. Davis, Ann L. Hardy, Craig Hight
    Pages 53-82
  5. Carolyn Michelle, Charles H. Davis, Ann L. Hardy, Craig Hight
    Pages 83-108
  6. Carolyn Michelle, Charles H. Davis, Ann L. Hardy, Craig Hight
    Pages 109-131
  7. Carolyn Michelle, Charles H. Davis, Ann L. Hardy, Craig Hight
    Pages 133-157
  8. Carolyn Michelle, Charles H. Davis, Ann L. Hardy, Craig Hight
    Pages 159-184
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    Pages 185-216
  10. Carolyn Michelle, Charles H. Davis, Ann L. Hardy, Craig Hight
    Pages 217-258
  11. Carolyn Michelle, Charles H. Davis, Ann L. Hardy, Craig Hight
    Pages 259-285
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 287-344

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the evolution of audience receptions of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy (2012-14) as an exemplar of the contemporary blockbuster event film franchise. Drawing on findings from a unique cross-cultural and longitudinal study, the authors argue that processes and imperatives associated with Hollywood ‘blockbusterisation’ shaped the trilogy’s conditions of production, format, content, and visual aesthetic in ways that left many viewers progressively disenchanted. The chapters address public and private prefigurations of the Hobbit trilogy, modes of reception, new cinematic technologies and the Hobbit hyperreality paradox, gender representations, adaptation and the transformation of cinematic desire, and the role of social and cultural location in shaping audience engagement and response. This book will appeal to audience researchers, Q methodologists, scholars and students in film and media studies, Tolkien scholars, and Hobbit fans and critics alike.

Keywords

Film studies reception research screen adaptations franchise films blockbuster films Tolkien Q methodology global audiences the Hobbit

Authors and affiliations

  • Carolyn Michelle
    • 1
  • Charles H. Davis
    • 2
  • Ann L. Hardy
    • 3
  • Craig Hight
    • 4
  1. 1.Audience Research UnitUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  2. 2.RTA School of MediaRyerson UniversityTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Screen and Media StudiesUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  4. 4.School of Creative ArtsThe University of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia

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