PSFK SALON LA Speaker Interview: Kristen Olson

In advance of next week’s PSFK SALON Los Angeles, the fanthropologist recommends several books and resources for fan studies and transmedia.

Kristen Olson will be one of the speakers at our upcoming PSFK SALON Los Angeles. Kristen is a “fanthropologist” with The Cimarron Group, a Hollywood advertising agency. She studies fans of all kinds of products, people, and films. Her expertise is in developing and growing fandoms in an information economy. In anticipation of the salon, we bring you a few thoughts from Kristen:

There are different ways to interpret the phrase ‘Transmedia Storytelling.’ What’s your favorite definition?

My favorite short definition of transmedia storytelling is “an abstract world delineated through story and evidence.”

On the morning of April 28 at Soho House West Hollywood, you’ll be giving a short talk. What will the subject be?

I’ll be speaking about Fans and Transmedia in an Information Economy.

For anyone who wants to read up more on the subject, where would you suggest they start?

For general fan studies, there are a few books I’d recommend: Henry Jenkins’s Fans, Bloggers, and Gamers, Identities and Communities in a Mediated World, and Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet. On transmedia, there is Geoffrey Long’s MIT thesis Transmedia Storytelling: Business, Aesthetics and Production at the Jim Henson Company and Henry Jenkins’s blog Confessions of an Aca-Fan.

Thanks, Kristen!

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