Film tourism is serious business. Audiences from all over the world travel to Dubrovnik to visit that one castle from Game of Thrones, or fly to New Zealand to be surrounded by the mesmerizing landscapes they know from Lord of the Rings. Cultural studies scholar Abby Waysdorf (EUR) investigates what this phenomenon says about the way we connect to pop culture narratives. How do these imagined worlds affect the way we experience the depicted locations in real-life? And why do fans get equally excited about carefully recreated settings in Harry Potter theme parks?
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Pop Culture Matters
Studying pop culture means studying people. How do movies, TV shows and books reflect and shape the way we think about society and ourselves?