FANTASY TRANSMEDIATIONS: THE ART OF MAKING IT REAL

Susana Tosca

IT University of Copenhagen

If, as Brian Attebery proposes, fantasy is “one degree more fictional than fiction”, maybe it should just stay in the minds of its creators and audiences. Paradoxically, it does seem that fantasy stories are an excellent source of material objects (merchandise, amusement rides, film locations, cosplay…), some fan-made, some commodified. These objects become suddenly present in the world, and offer fans a feast for the senses and the imagination. But how are they real, if at all? Are they simulacra, props, identitiy symbols, performances, liminal objects? This talk is a cultural reflection on the different ways that fantasy becomes matter and what it can mean to us.