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Mark Z. Danielewski$
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Joe Bray and Alison Gibbons

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099335

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099335.001.0001

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Trickster authors and tricky readers on the MZD forums

Trickster authors and tricky readers on the MZD forums

(p.86) 5 Trickster authors and tricky readers on the MZD forums
Mark Z. Danielewski

Bronwen Thomas

Manchester University Press

Bronwen Thomas investigates new ground in considering the online communities generated by the MZD fan forum websites. These sites sustain and develop the novel’s cult following, with the popular House of Leaves forum in particular boasting a very large number of active members. Thomas’ discussion of the behaviour of those who use the site is supported by email interviews conducted with prominent forum members, allowing inside access to this thriving, productive virtual culture. Thomas reveals the value of forums in ‘mapping the journeys of readers of Danielewski’s work, and in illustrating the ways in which these journeys are endlessly unpredictable and enriching.’

Keywords:   Online communities, Fan forums, Virtual culture

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