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Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. May 16, Alana rated it it was amazing. The book is a compilation of letters, stories, and photos from fans, cast, and crew of the TV show Supernatural about how the show has impacted their lives. It's edited by Lynn Zubernis, who I've been talking to recently and who I'm happy to say will be appearing on my YouTube channel on Friday May 26 to talk about the book.
Reading stories from the cast and from fellow fans like me made me feel incredibly proud to be a part of this fandom. My whole life I've felt nervous to tell people how much TV shows, books, movies and fandoms mean to me, because I'm afraid they won't get it. I'm afraid they'll think it's childish or silly or stupid.
That fear is based on past experiences, with peers my age and older adults, who looked down on the content I enjoy. This book showed me that I have nothing to be ashamed of. My love for this TV show about two brothers fighting evil is just as valid as someone else's love for classic literature. The stories in FDEWB were relatable to a point where I cried because I felt so lucky to have found a fandom that gets it, and a cast that cares so much about the people who support them.
Jared Padalecki's essay about his struggle with mental illness, and how the fandom has helped him through it, made me look at myself differently, and touched me in a way that I can't fully explain. I can't describe how happy I am that this book exists. The Supernatural family truly is incredible and I'm so glad that I found them, and that they have found me in return.
View 1 comment. May 13, Noelia rated it really liked it. And it is breathtaking. I have to admit that not every story reached my heart, but those were the minority. This are some of the fans that share their stories and that deeply moved me; perhaps they broke my heart with their courage and their openness is that how you spell it? I think it was one of them who wrote: Take it one day at a time, one hour a time, one minute at a time if you have to. Keep pushing forward, just focusing on today, and do the best you can to keep yourself happy and healthy.
That hit home. Lynn did a hell of a job putting this book together, and if I ever have the chance, I hope to thank her in person. About the cast… yeah, some of them also had so significant things to say! For me, it was Osric, Matt, Rob. And Jared. Always Jared. There are hundreds, even thousands of people, who readily say no to things. Matt said something that also resonated with me: The funniest part about all of it is that none of the fans ever knew they were making me the man I always wanted to be.
They truly admit proudly, non-the-less that the fandom changed their lives too. For the best. And here I thought that we were just part of their obligations and not making a difference to them; that maybe we annoyed them with our passion. And we are so damn lucky to have him still with us! Every one of us. He saved so many lives, whether he knew it or not, and despite that, he is afraid to let us down because sometimes he can fall too. And we got your back. We get scared at least I know I do every time that he goes off the grid for more than a couple of weeks.
I worry that his demons caught up to him again, and that he may be having a hell of a hard time finding peace and solace. We may be part of your dysfunctional family, Jared, but you are certainly part of ours too. Keep letting your light shine. I will do the same. And keep fighting. Always Keep Fighting. Plain and simple. And we say it proud and loud, and it fucking helps every time.
So thank you, Jared. Truly, you changed our lives and you gave us hope. My god, I went on and on with this endless review. Perhaps I should have used only gifs to express myself Chuck knows Supernatural has a gif for everything! So, SPNFamily, if you are willing to take an emotional ride, pick up this book and dive in.
You will laugh and you will cry, and when you finish it there will be a smile on your face and a certainty: you are not alone. AKF, guys. View all 6 comments. May 20, Allison rated it it was amazing. When one thinks of Supernatural or the SPN Family that has formed around it, many thoughts can come to mind.
No matter your thoughts or opinions on various seasons, characters, storylines, or more, it is the fandom community that has really and truly made this show special. The television series may be the common bond that drew every fan or cast member providing a story in this book together, but it is the bonds of humanity that really keep them together for life. Supernatural, as a television s When one thinks of Supernatural or the SPN Family that has formed around it, many thoughts can come to mind.
Supernatural, as a television series, has changed lives. SlideShare Explore Search You. Submit Search. Successfully reported this slideshow. We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime. Upcoming SlideShare. In keeping with the show's message to "always keep fighting," and to support the important work of combatting stigma and encouraging those who are struggling to speak out, a portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to charity Attitudes in Reverse, whose mission is to educate young people about mental health and suicide prevention.
Zubernis, a clinical psychologist, professor, and passionate Supernatural fangirl, Family Don't End with Blood provides an insightful and often uplifting look into the way international fan communities become powerful, positive forces in the lives of so many.
The combination has brought Supernatural unexpected and enduring popularity. When I came up for air, I was mystified. What was happening to me? At first, I felt silly. Was it really okay for me—a grown woman, a mom, a professor—to put aside my briefcase and research papers and oh-so-serious responsibilities to binge-watch an entire season of a science fiction TV show?
To scour the web for pictures of its stars? To read lots and lots of fan fiction, and then to spend less time writing textbooks and more time writing fan fiction myself? My partner was asking, my children were asking, my colleagues were asking. Especially when I threw caution to the wind and started flying across the country to go to fan conventions. But meeting other fans, both in person and in the at the time cloistered and secret world of online fandom, turned out to be as life-changing as discovering Supernatural in the first place.
The show and the fandom were a gateway to a sort of self-discovery that I thought I had put aside decades earlier. Like many works of fantasy, the world of Supernatural is a place fans can escape to.
Escape itself has benefits, as long as you manage to poke your head out from the fantasy long enough to hold down your job or take care of your family or hang out with your best friend. But Supernatural offers more. Some fans have grown up with this show, their teenage infatuations evolving into adult love affairs. Some fans have navigated midlife crises with Sam and Dean. In the Winchesters and their rebel angel friend Castiel, many fans have found the inspiration and courage to fight the monsters and demons that exist in real life.
While television is now considered a respectable medium, not all television programs are viewed equally. Perhaps PBS can offer some educational value, but popular culture still carries an implication of being unimportant and frivolous, meant for mindless consumption.
Critically acclaimed series like Orange Is the New Black or Breaking Bad are accorded some respect, but genre shows like Supernatural are less likely to warrant serious consideration. Many people, when they think of fans, still think of the negatives: bad decisions, out-of-control emotions, overspending. The media snicker at fans cosplaying at Comic-Con, or lining up for three days to get tickets to the new Star Wars movie, or screaming when One Direction comes onstage.
Being a fan is often seen as frivolous at best, and immature—or even dangerous—at worst. Can fans fall prey to bad choices? So can accountants and stockbrokers and physicians and hairdressers. And everyone else. Are there risks to being passionate about something? But there are also benefits. Being a fan brings with it access to fandom, the community of fellow fans who care about one another. Within that uniquely supportive community, a surprising amount of change is possible.
Within the safe space of the fan community, I discovered that fans were shockingly real with one another. As a woman, I found this remarkable. There are still few places in which women are comfortable expressing their genuine hopes and fears and angers and sadness, let alone talking about something like sex.