My Reality TV book is out now!

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My new book, Reality Television: The TV Phenomenon That Changed the World is out now! You can order it via my publisher, Emerald Press or at Amazon right now.

Here’s the blurb:

‘Reality television is one of the defining genres of the 21st century. It is shown worldwide, features people from all walks of life and covers everything from romance to religion. It has not only changed television, but every other area of the media.  So why has reality TV become such a huge phenomenon, and what is its future in an age of streaming and social media? This book provides an overview of key theories and debates in the study of reality television and discusses industry practices in their global and national contexts. Deller also explores, through interviews with participants and analyses of key programmes, why people take part in reality TV, how they are represented, and the impact this has on their lives. From its documentary roots to its social media present and future – this is a guide to Reality Television: The TV Phenomenon that Changed the World.’

The book is aimed at a broad audience, not just academics, but anyone with an interest in the genre – it extends existing discussions and analyses of RTV to bring in recent examples like Love Island, and the Queer Eye reboot, as well as looking at the impacts of streaming and social media on the genre.

Chapter list below – more info to come!

Chapter 1. Understanding Reality TV Chapter 2. How Reality TV Changed the World Chapter 3. The Business of Reality TV Chapter 4. What Happens in Reality TV? Chapter 5. Reality TV and Celebrity Chapter 6. Reality TV in an Age of Social Media

Research update

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Seeing Fans, edited by Lucy Bennett and Paul Booth, is available now from Bloomsbury Academic (at extortionate monies, so beg your library). I have a chapter in this collection looking at the representation of mature female fans of male singers (e.g. Rod Stuart, Daniel O’Donnell) are betrayed in local and national newspapers. The collection itself is great-a real mixture of academic and industry insights into how fans are portrayed in different contexts.

A few weeks ago, I presented a paper at the celebrity studies conference in Amsterdam, written with Kathryn Murphy, one of my research students.  In this paper we looked at newspaper representations of YouTube star Zoella. You can access the slides here. We are also presenting at the YouTube conference in Middlesex in September looking at how mainstream media are portraying YouTube stars.

I’ve also got an article available in Celebrity Studies on the ‘fame cycle’ and celebrity reality television, and this summer I’m completing work on ethics in fan studies and safe spaces in higher education as well as continuing work on gaming audiences and their relationship to corporations.