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Barcelona’s Aitana Bonmati (L) celebrates with teammates during the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter final. EPA-EFE/Alejandro Garcia

How fans fall in love with women’s football

Watching big events, like the Olympics, on television was a key route into fandom.
Abba had previously been voted the band the British public would most like to see reunited. Alamy

Abba: who actually likes them?

Abba’s most devoted fans have helped them remain in the public consciousness. Sometimes, under difficult circumstances.
English player Bukayo Saka is comforted by teammates after missing a penalty in the England v Italy final of the 2020 European football championship. REUTERS/Carl Recine

How best can fans support young athletes?

As Team GB prepares to send its youngest Summer Olympian ever to the Tokyo 2021 Games, fans need to remember what being a young athlete in the public eye takes
Don’t forget fans. Here, Phuong Nguyen (left) as Captain America with Derrick Petry as Deadpool, at Comic-Con International in July 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Comic-Con@Home: Virtual comics event declared a failure by industry critics, but fans loved it

Some comic fans have found a bright spot in virtual conventions in an otherwise bleak pandemic year. The sense of community matters more than a simplistic analysis about metrics or interactivity.
Members of the University of Oregon’s basketball team embrace before the final of the Pac-12 women’s tournament. AP Photo/John Locher

Can gambling juice fandom for women’s sports?

When fans place a bet, it motivates them to watch a sport and root for a team they might otherwise have little interest in.
Fans are protesting after Monsta X boy-band member Wonho, second from the left, was outsted. (Shutterstock)

K-pop fans protest against treatment of Monsta X lead singer

Monsta X fans have been derided as boy-band dupes, but their protests against the treatment of superstar Wonho shows them rejecting the capitalist system that’s quick to cut people loose.
Fans take photos of adult film actress Ange Venus at the Adult Video News Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. Reuters/Steve Marcus

How male ‘porn superfans’ really view women

There’s a strand of radical feminist thought that claims porn causes misogyny. So four researchers decided to test this idea – and descended on a porn expo to study the beliefs of the male attendees.
Reaction videos are just one of many ways that Game of Thrones fans have explored their love for the show online. Leon Andrew Razon/Screenshot from Youtube

After 8 years of memes, videos and role playing, what now for Game of Thrones’ multimedia fans?

Fan culture is thriving in Westeros. Although HBO’s Game of Thrones has ended, fans will ensure that the show lives on (and changes) across multimedia platforms, long into the future.

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