Fan magazine

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A fan magazine is a commercially written and published magazine intended for the amusement of fans of the popular culture subject matter which it covers. It is distinguished from a scholarly or literary magazine on the one hand, by the target audience of its contents, and from a fanzine on the other, by the commercial and for-profit nature of its production and distribution.[1][2] Scholarly works on popular culture and fandoms do not always make this terminological distinction clear. In some relevant works, fanzines are called "fan magazines", possibly because the term "fanzine" is seen as slang.

American examples include Photoplay, Motion Picture Magazine, Modern Screen, Sports Illustrated and Cinefantastique.


  1. ^ Slide, Anthony. Inside the Hollywood fan magazine: a history of star makers, fabricators, and gossip mongers University Press of Mississippi, 2010; p. 11 and passim
  2. ^ Hunt, Nathan. "The importance of trivia: ownership, exclusion and authority in science fiction fandom" in Defining cult movies: the cultural politics of oppositional taste Mark Jancovich et al, eds. Manchester University Press, 2003; p. 188