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Reconsidering religion and fandom: Christian fan works in My Little Pony fandom

Crome, A (2014) Reconsidering religion and fandom: Christian fan works in My Little Pony fandom. Culture and Religion, 15 (4). pp. 399-418. ISSN 1475-5610

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Abstract

© 2014 Taylor & Francis. Studies of religion and fandom have tended to explore the extent to which fan cultures might be seen as forms of surrogate religion. This article suggests that a more detailed examination of the way in which believers use their faith within their individual fandoms would offer more interesting insights into both contemporary religious practice and fandom. Conducting a case study of Brony fandom (adult fandom of cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), this article explores the ways in which Christian fans use fan fiction and art to promote religious literacy, explore theological issues and engage in evangelism and exegesis. Fan knowledge is used as a way to quickly impart and explore complex religious concepts in a manner which utilises the shared culture of fandom. This should not be seen as a symptom of mediatisation but as part of a complex synthesis of faith and popular culture.

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