Review: In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000

In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000 edited by Robert G. Weiner and Shelley E. Barba

So there I am at Dragon*Con, wandering the dealer’s room, vacillating between my usual cheapness and a desire to buy everything. (Cheapness and a limited amount of things I can physically abscond with keeps me down.) And then I wander across McFarlane’s table, stacked high with academic books about popular culture, which boasts a copy of In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000, which I’d heard about via the magnificent Cleolinda Jones, who knows one of the contributors. While I try not to buy books sight unseen, especially at con, I already knew I’d never find it anywhere else, and home (or into the totebag) it went.

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The Literary Horizon: Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet, In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000

I like thoughtful, scholarly discussion on fandom and pop culture, but it’s often hard to get a hold of it in book form. Not because it doesn’t exist—it does—but because they’re put out by small, focused presses, and more obscure academic texts don’t often crop up in public libraries. (You know, to make room for the various duplicates of mysteries! I’m not bitter…) McFarland is one such press, and two of their titles have made their way onto my reading list over the years.

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