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In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural

by Supernatural.tv (Editor), Leah Wilson (Editor)

Other authors: Amy Berner (Contributor), Mary Borsellino (Contributor), London E. Brickley (Contributor), Jamie Chambers (Contributor), Jacob Clifton (Contributor)18 more, Keith R. DeCandido (Foreword), Mary Fechter (Contributor), Amy Garvey (Contributor), Avril Hannah-Jones (Contributor), Tanya Huff (Contributor), Randall M. Jensen (Contributor), Robert T. Jeschonek (Contributor), Maria Lima (Contributor), Tanya Michaels (Contributor), Tracy S. Morris (Contributor), Carol Poole (Contributor), Sheryl A. Rakowski (Contributor), Gregory Stevenson (Contributor), Heather Swain (Contributor), Shanna Swendson (Contributor), Emily Turner (Contributor), Jules Wilkinson (Contributor), Dodger Winslow (Contributor)

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A relative newcomer to the paranormal-teen drama scene, the hit TV show Supernatural has already developed a rabid and deeply committed fan base since its debut in the fall of 2005. When their dad mysteriously disappears, brothers Dean and Sam Winchester join forces to bring him home and are pulled headlong into the world he knew best--one full of demons, spirits, monsters, and ghouls. Featuring essays from three lucky fans as well as leading writers and pop culture experts, this insightful anthology sheds light on a variety of issues, including why such a male-centric show has such a large female fan base, "Wincest" and homoeroticism, how Supernatural can be interpreted as a modern-day Brothers Grimm, and the questionable nature of John Winchester's parenting habits.… (more)
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This collection of essays about the TV show Supernatural was published (or at least all of the essays were written) after season three but before season four, so it's *really* early in the show's run and thus some of the points made are laughable now (one essay makes a point about how the SPN universe contains demons but no angels. whelp.). But on the whole I really enjoyed this and found many of the essays really insightful. One on Dean as a mothering figure is great; another fascinating essay discusses how SPN uses "masculine characters to traverse a female landscape." A couple on the Impala as a third main character are interesting (apparently the state of the Impala (clean or dirty) usually reflects Dean's state of mind--neat). A few of the essays felt like filler, and one or two were just terrible--one, about Dean as the character we want to be and Sam as the character we really are, I think seriously misreads Dean, unless you stopped watching at about the midpoint of season one, and is written in a way that I think is supposed to be clever but which just made me cross. But generally I was thrilled to spend two afternoons with this, and it learned me a few things. ( )
  lycomayflower | Aug 1, 2019 |
interesting series of essays regarding the series. curious that this was written prior to the fourth series, so some essays make some interesting points which are now either proven incorrect (but still worth reading) or spookily prescient. ( )
  Dalziel | Aug 19, 2009 |
In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural, ed. Supernatural.tv: Okay, I’m clearly more forgiving because I’m still so in love with the show, but this collection is decent, with the kind of meta that approaches the cream of what you get on LJ. You won’t find much feminism or critical race analysis or anything like that—there are nods to the show’s expressions of homophobia and some authors admit that there might be something slightly problematic about the show’s terrible gender issues, but this collection shies away from criticism in the name of love.

I liked the essays about objects best—one on the role of the Impala, and the other on the role of the Impala, the Colt, and Ruby’s knife. They made me think about what I see as the key Impala moment, when Dean beats the shit out of it/her. That’s such a powerful moment, and those of us who like to anthropomorphize her have a hard time with it. (Here's the best I've seen done.) Dean's attack is (a) expressing self-hatred; (b) expressing his anger at his father (who gave him the car and the hunting life); (c) expressing his resentment that all he has in life is the hunt (the car is the only stable home he has, except it only works if it’s not stable, by definition, so that doesn’t work so well); (d) expressing his misogyny (we, like Dean, generally identify the car with a woman—he is attacking an object/person who cannot fight back and, we probably think, wouldn’t if she could; and of course he’s sorry after and fixes her up nice); (e) some even more complicated combination. Dean and his car concretize Dean’s issues with his father/masculinity as well as his issues with caretaking/femininity; I think that’s why to love Dean is also to love his baby. ( )
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Wilson, LeahEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Berner, AmyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Borsellino, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brickley, London E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chambers, JamieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clifton, JacobContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
DeCandido, Keith R.Forewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fechter, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Garvey, AmyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hannah-Jones, AvrilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Huff, TanyaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jensen, Randall M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jeschonek, Robert T.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lima, MariaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Michaels, TanyaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morris, Tracy S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Poole, CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rakowski, Sheryl A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Swain, HeatherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swendson, ShannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Turner, EmilyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A relative newcomer to the paranormal-teen drama scene, the hit TV show Supernatural has already developed a rabid and deeply committed fan base since its debut in the fall of 2005. When their dad mysteriously disappears, brothers Dean and Sam Winchester join forces to bring him home and are pulled headlong into the world he knew best--one full of demons, spirits, monsters, and ghouls. Featuring essays from three lucky fans as well as leading writers and pop culture experts, this insightful anthology sheds light on a variety of issues, including why such a male-centric show has such a large female fan base, "Wincest" and homoeroticism, how Supernatural can be interpreted as a modern-day Brothers Grimm, and the questionable nature of John Winchester's parenting habits.

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