A FAN OF FANS!
Finally! A book for soap fans who want to be taken seriously - and have their contribution to the genre's success acknowledged!
Jennifer Hayward's non-fiction work, Consuming Pleasures: Active Audiences and Serial Fictions from Dickens to Soap Opera, posits that serials are "defined by the activities of its audience rather than by the formal qualities of the text.... (and) that serial audiences have developed active strategies of consumption, such as collaborative reading and attempts to shape the production process. In this way fans have forced serial producers to acknowledge the power of the audience."
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