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TV Goes to Hell: An Unofficial Road Map of Supernatural (2011)

by Stacey Abbott, Stacey Abbott

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    In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural by Supernatural. tv (Aerialgrrrl)
    Aerialgrrrl: Not much SPN academia out there, but these are both very good.

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Bringing together elements of the road movie and the horror genre, Supernatural follows brothers Dean and Sam Winchester as they crisscross America, struggling to protect humanity from what lurks in the dark by battling monsters, witches, demons, angels, the Devil, and sometimes even each other.

First things first, I am a BIG fan of this show! I thought it would be nice to relive the highlights from past seasons but wasn't quite sure what to expect of this television tie-in. It turned out to be so much more than a simple episode recap (though it had that too!). The essays were really thoughtful and gave me a lot to chew on. A quality collection overall.

The book's contents are grouped into six main sections:

- "Bon Jovi rocks...on occasion": Comedy and Music
- Skin Mags and Shaving Cream: Sam and Dean on the Fringes of Time and Place
- "Jerk...bitch": Representations of Gender and Sexuality
- The Gospel According to Chuck: Narrative Storytelling in Supernatural
- "What's the lore say?": Exploring Folklore & Religion*
- Cruel Capricious Gods: Auteurs, Fans, Critics

It was obvious early on that this would not be a light read. As a fan of Supernatural, I'm all for the myriad ways the essayists turned a critical eye toward the show. It made for some tasty tasty brain food. I also found it impossible to resist the urge to revisit earlier episodes of the show after reading through the book. Not a bad side effect, me thinks.

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Hunting ghosts, demons, and monsters and staving off the Apocalypse may make Sam and Dean Winchester crazy, according to Dean, but it is that very premise that enabled Supernatural to build up a loyal fandom eager to come back for more.
Dean: Check it out, there's actually fans![...]There's Sam girls and Dean girls and...What's a slash fan?
Sam: As in Sam-slash-Dean. Together.
Dean: Like, together together?
Sam: Yeah.
Dean: They do know we're brothers, right?
Sam: Doesn't seem to matter.
Dean: Oh come on, that's just sick! _ (The Monster at The End of This Book, 4.18)
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Two sexy brothers,
Travelling the US states,
Hunting the monsters.

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As a natural heir to the hit television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural has risen to prominence with a strong cult following, and this series of essays from Contributors around the globe investigates the genre-bending series' cultural footprint both in the United States and abroad. The writings explore topics such as folklore, religion, gender and sexuality, comedy, music, and much more, and a brief guide to all the episodes is also included. Supernatural follows brothers Dean and Sam Winchester as they encounter and battle evil beings such as vampires, shapeshifters, ghouls, and ghosts from a multitude of genres including folklore, urban legends, and religious history.… (more)

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