The art of Neighbours gaming : Facebook, fan-crafted games and humour

DELLER, Ruth A. (2014). The art of Neighbours gaming : Facebook, fan-crafted games and humour. Intensities : The Journal of Cult Media, 7, 97-106.

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This article discusses the relationship between gaming, craft, humour and television text in the case of Australian soap opera Neighbours. It explores the production of fan-made board games by members of the Facebook group ‘The Art of Neighbours’ and argues that the deliberately low-tech nature of these fan games is perfectly matched to the fan object. Neighbours is a show whose pleasures come through a combination of fan affection and having ‘much to laugh at’ (Wober and Fazal 1994: 85) – and the comedy and affection are replicated in fan board games. This article also explores how the show itself encourages a playful approach to its narratives, with fans, actors and producers of the soap engaging in forms of paratextual play via social media sites.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Page Range: 97-106
Depositing User: Ruth Deller
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2014 12:17
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 16:00

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