We’re excited to announce a new project in the works!
May 2017 marks the end of the twelfth season of the CW hit Supernatural, a television show about two demon-hunting brothers (and an angel) that is at the center of a fan community as tight-knit as family—a virtual support system that spans the globe. The three-time People’s Choice Award winner for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show and Tumblr’s 2015 Most Reblogged “Live Action TV” show has made a name for itself by supporting and encouraging its fans to “always keep fighting,” a main theme echoed in the show, and demonstrating the inspiring truth to a memorable line from early in the show’s run: “Family don’t end with blood.”
In twenty powerful chapters written by Supernatural’s actors and fans, including series lead Jared Padalecki, Family Don’t End with Blood: Cast and Fans on How Supernatural Has Changed Lives examines the far reach of the show’s impact over the last eleven years. Supernatural has encouraged fans to change their lives, from getting “sober for Sam” to escaping a cult to pursuing lifelong dreams. But fans aren’t the only ones who have been changed. The actors who bring the show to life have also found, in the show and its community, inspiration, courage, and the strength to keep going when life seemed too hard.
It’s safe to say that the editor of these essays and author of the introduction, Dr. Lynn S. Zubernis, is an expert on all things Supernatural fandom. In addition to being a clinical psychologist, university professor, and mom of two, she’s a Supernatural fangirl herself: Lynn blogs actively at Fangasm, is the author of Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls, and regularly attends Comic-Cons and Supernatural conventions.
BenBella will publish Family Don’t End with Blood through its pop-culture imprint, Smart Pop, in May 2017. I think this is a fantastic title with an enormous potential audience, and I eagerly await its release!