Academic Publications

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Guest Editing of Journals

Guest edited issue of American Behavioral Scientist (with Dr Lucy Bennett) on Fan Controversies (2022).

Special issue of Journal of Fandom Studies on Endings, Beginnings, Transitions & Revivals in Fandom (2018), Issue 6 (1).

Special issue of Critical Studies in Television on Television Drama and National Identity in Small Nations with Steve Blandford, Stephen Lacey and Ruth McElroy (2011), Issue 6 (2).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Williams, R., (2019) Funko Hannibal in Florence: Fan Tourism, Participatory Culture, and Paratextual Play  JOMEC Journal, (14), pp.71–90. DOI:

Williams, R. (2018) ‘Tumblr’s GIF culture and the infinite image: Fannish ruptures and ‘working through’ on a microblogging platform Transformative Works and Cultures, 27.

Williams, R. (2016) ‘No Lynch, No Peaks!’ Authorship, fan/actor campaigns and the challenges of Twin Peaks’ return Series: International Journal of TV Serial Narratives 2 (2): 55-65.

Williams, R. (2016) In Focus: Ontological security, authorship and resurrection: Exploring Twin Peaks’ social media afterlife Cinema Journal 55 (3):143-147.

Williams, R. (2016) Localebrities, adopted residents, and local characters: Audience and celebrity in a small nation, Celebrity Studies 7 (2): 154-168 .

Williams, R. (2014) The past isn’t dead…it’s deadly”: Horror, history and locale in ITV1’s Whitechapel, Journal of British Cinema and Television, 11 (1): 68-85.

Williams, R. (2013) Unlocking The Vampire Diaries: Genre, authorship, and quality in teen TV horror, Gothic Studies.15 (1): 88-99.

Williams, R. (2013) Anyone who calls Muse a Twilight band will be shot on sight”: Music, distinction, and the ‘interloping fan’ in the Twilight franchise, Popular Music and Society, 36 (3): 327-342.

Williams, R. (2011) Cannibals in the Brecon Beacons: Torchwood, Place and Television Horror, Critical Studies in Television, 6 (2): 61-73.

Williams, Rebecca (2011) ‘“This is the night TV died”: Television post-object fandom and the demise of The Wing Wing, Popular Communication, 8 (4): 266-279.

McElroy, R. and Williams, R. (2011) The Appeal of the Past in Historical Reality Television: Coal House at War and its audiences, Media History, 17 (1): 79-96.

McElroy, R. and Williams. R. (2011) Remembering Ourselves, Viewing the Others: historical reality television and celebrity in the small nation, Television and New Media, 12 (3): 187-206.

Williams, R. (2011) Wandering off into soap land”: Gender, genre and ‘shipping’ The West Wing, Participations: International Journal of Audience Research, 8 (1).

Williams, R. (2010) ‘Good Neighbours?: Fan/producer relationships and the broadcasting field’, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 24 (2): 281-91.

Hills, M. and Williams, R. (2005) ’It’s All My Interpretation: Reading Spike Through the ‘Subcultural Celebrity’ of James Marsters’, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 8 (3): 345-65.

Williams, R. (2004) It’s About Power”: Spoilers and Fan Hierarchy in On-Line Buffy Fandom, Slayage: The On-Line International Journal of Buffy Studies, 11-12.

Editorials & Short Works in Journals

Williams, R. and L. Bennett (2022) ‘Editorial: Fan Controversies’, American Behavioral Scientist, 66 (8): 1035-1043. DOI:

Morimoto, Lori, Paul Booth, Ross Garner, Melanie Kohnen, Bethan Jones, E. J. Nielsen, Louisa Stein, and Rebecca Williams (2021) ‘Transcultural Fan Studies in Practice: A Conversation’, In “Fan Studies Pedagogies,” guest edited by Paul Booth and Regina Yung Lee, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, 35.

Contributor to Schell, Heather and Katherine Larsen (2019) ‘How the Story Ends: Gender, Sexuality, and Nation in the Happy Ending’, Writing From Below (Special Issue on Happiness), 4 (2).

Williams, R. (2018) ‘Editorial: Special Issue: Fan Endings, Transitions and Revivals’, Journal of Fandom Studies, 6 (1): 3-6.

Blandford, S. Lacey, S. McElroy, R. and Williams, R. (2011) ‘Editorial: Television Drama and National Identity: The Case of ‘Small Nations’’, Critical Studies in Television, 6 (2): x-xvii.

Williams, R. (2011) ‘“Endemol approved clones”: Big Brother, illusio and celebrity: Celebrity Forum special issue: Big Brother RIP: 10 years of celebrity production’, Celebrity Studies, 2 (2): 218-220.

Blandford, S. Lacey, S. McElroy, R. and Williams, R. (2010) ‘Comment: Screening the Nation? Contemporary Landmark Drama from Wales’, Cyfrwng: Media Wales Journal, 7. Print only.

Book Chapters

Williams, R. (forthcoming) ‘Fan pilgrimage & tourism: Revisited’ in Melissa Click and Suzanne Scott (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom: 2nd Edition, London: Routledge [Invited chapter].

Williams, R. (forthcoming) ‘From Theme Park to Theatre: Fandom, Spatial Transmedia and the Disney Musical’, in The Oxford Handbook of the Disney Musical, edited by Colleen Montgomery and Dominic Broomfield-McHugh, Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Invited Chapter].

Williams, R. (forthcoming) ‘When Hogwarts Isn’t Always There to Welcome You Home: Politics and Practices in Harry Potter’s Transmedia Tourism Spaces’, in Participatory Culture Wars: Controversy, Conflict and Complicity in Fandom, Edited by Simone Driessen, Bethan Jones, and Benjamin Litherland, Iowa: University of Iowa Press. [Invited Chapter].

Williams, R. (forthcoming, 2023) ‘Desiring Doctor Who From ‘Desiring the Doctor: Identity, Gender and Genre in Online Fandom’, in Adventures Across Space and Time: A Doctor Who Reader, edited by Paul Booth, Matt Hills, and Joy Piedmont, London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN: 9781350288379. 

Williams, R. (2023) ‘DisneyBounding & Beyond: Fandom, Cosplay, & Embodiment in Themed Spaces’, in Sartorial Fandom: Fashion, Beauty Culture, and Identity, edited by Suzanne Scott and Elizabeth Affuso. [Invited Chapter]

Williams, R. (2023) ‘Creativity and Connection: How Disney Parks’ Fans Responded During the Coronavirus Closures’, in Fan Phenomena: Disney, edited by Sabrina Mittermeier, Bristol: Intellect. [Invited Chapter]

Williams, Rebecca (2022) ‘Twin Peaks.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies. Ed. Krin Gabbard. New York: Oxford University Press, 12 January 2022. [Invited Chapter]

Booth, Paul and R. Williams (2021) ‘Introduction,’ A Fan Studies Primer: Method, Research, Ethics (Fandom & Culture Series), edited by Paul Booth and Rebecca Williams, Iowa: University of Iowa Press, pp. 1-15.

Williams, R. (2020) ‘Theme Parks in the Time of the Covid-19 Pandemic’, in Pandemic Media: Preliminary Notes Toward an Inventory, edited by Laliv Melamed, Vinzenz Hediger and Philipp Dominik Keidl, Meson Press. [Invited Chapter]

Williams, R. (2020) ’The ‘Eatymologies’ of the Theme Park: Re-creation, Imagination and the ‘Extra/Ordinary’ in Disney Foodstuff’, in Eating Fandom: Intersections Between Fans & Food Cultures, edited by CarrieLynn D. Rheinhard, Bertha Chin & Julia E. Largent, London: Routledge.

Williams, R. (2020) ‘Disney Fandom’ in Pop Culture Fandoms: The Who, What, and Why of Global Fan Cultures edited by Katherine Larsen, Greenwood Publishing. [Invited Chapter]

Williams, R. (2020) ‘Media tourism, culinary cultures, and embodied fan experience: Visiting Hannibal’s Florence’ in Maria Månsson, Lena Eskilsson and Anne Buchmann (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Media and Tourism London: Routledge.

Williams, R. (2019) ‘Foreword’ in Juliette Kitchens and Julie Hawk (ed.) Transmediating the Whedonverse(s): Essays on Text, Paratext, and Metatext Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan. [Invited Contribution]

Williams, R. (2019) ‘From Star Tours to Galaxy’s Edge: Immersion, transmediality and ‘haptic fandom’ in Disney’s Theme Parks’ in William Proctor and Richard McCulloch (eds.) Disney’s Star Wars: Forces of Production, Promotion and Reception Iowa: University of Iowa Press.

Williams, R. (2019) ‘“Putting the show out of its misery” – Textual endings, anti-fandom and the ‘rejection discourse’’ in Melissa Click (ed.) Anti-Fandom: Dislike and Hate in the Digital Age New York: New York University Press.

Williams, R. (2018) ‘“Fate has a habit of not letting us choose our own endings”: Post-object fandom, social media & material culture at the end of Hannibal’ in Paul Booth (ed.) Wiley Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies Oxford: Wiley.

Williams, R. (2018) ‘Saving Maelstrom: Theme park fandom, replacement and the Disney brand’ in Rebecca Williams (ed.) Everybody Hurts: Transitions, Endings, and Resurrections in Fandom University of Iowa Press.

Williams, R. (2018) ‘Fan pilgrimage & tourism’ in Melissa Click and Suzanne Scott (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom London: Routledge, pp. 98-106.

Williams, R. (2016) ‘Walking Whitechapel: Ripper Street, Whitechapel, and place in the Gothic crime drama’ in Ruth McElroy (ed.) Contemporary British Television Crime Drama: Cops On The Box London: Routledge.

Williams, R. and R. McElroy (2016) ‘Omnisexuality And The City: Exploring national and sexual identity in BBC Wales’ Torchwood’ in Huw Osborne (ed.) Queer Wales:The History, Culture and Politics of Queer Life in Wales Lampeter: University of Wales Press.

Williams, R. (2016) “We live round here too”: Representing fandom and local celebrity in Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets’, in Lucy Bennett and Paul Booth (ed.) Seeing Fans: Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Williams, R. (2015) ‘“Anyone who Calls Muse a Twilight Band will be Shot on Sight”: Music, Distinction, and the “Interloping Fan” in the Twilight Franchise’, in Mark Duffett (ed.) Fan Identities and Practices: Dedicated to Music London: Routledge. [Reprint of journal article]

Williams, R. (2014) ‘Neighbours’ in Bridget Griffen-Foley (ed.) A Companion to the Australian Media , Australian Scholarly Publishing.

Williams, R. (2013) ‘Tweeting the Tardis: Interaction, live-ness and social media in Doctor Who fandom’, in Matt Hills (ed.) New Dimensions in Doctor Who: Exploring Space, Time and Television, London: I.B. Tauris.

Williams, R. (2013) ‘Introduction: Torchwood: Bridging the mainstream/cult rift’ in Rebecca Williams (ed.) Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television, London: I.B. Tauris.

Williams, R. (2013) ‘Tonight’s the Night with …Captain Jack!: John Barrowman as celebrity/subcultural celebrity/localebrity’, in Rebecca Williams (ed.) Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television, London: I.B. Tauris.

Williams, R. (2011) ‘Desiring The Doctor: Identity, gender and genre in online science-fiction fandom’ in James Leggott and Tobias Hochscherf (ed.) British Science Fiction Film and Television: Critical Essays, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland.

Williams, R and Kalviknes Bore, I.L. (2010) ‘Transnational Twilighters: A Twilight fan community in Norway’ in Melissa Click, Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, and Lissa Behm-Morawitz (ed.) Bitten by Twilight: Youth Culture, Media, and the Vampire Franchise, New York: Peter Lang.

Williams, R. (2007) ‘From Beyond Control to In Control: Investigating Drew Barrymore’s Feminist Agency/Authorship’, in Su Holmes and Sean Redmond (eds.) Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader, London: Sage.

Hills, M. and Williams, R. (2005) ’Angel’s Monstrous Mothers and Vampires with Souls: Investigating the Abject in ‘Television Horror’’ in Stacey Abbott (ed.) Reading Angel: The TV Spin-Off With A Soul, London: I.B. Tauris.

Research Reports

Blandford, S. Lacey, S. McElroy, R. and Williams, R. (2010) ‘Screening the Nation: Wales and Landmark Television’, BBC Audience Council for Wales research report.

Lewis, J., Cushion, S. Groves, C, Bennett, L. Reardon, S. Wilkins, E. and Williams, R. (2008) ‘Four Nations Impartiality Review: An Analysis of Reporting Devolution’, BBC Research Report.

Online Writing

Williams, R. (2020) ‘Simply Meant to Be? Locating Tim Burton’a Nightmare Before Christmas at the Disney Theme Parks’, Fantasy/Animation Blog December 11,2020.


Williams, R. (2020) ‘How fans of Outlander and Game of Thrones can help the UK tourist industry recover’, The Conversation, August 4, 2020.

Williams, R. (2020) ‘Tourism, Place and Connection During Coronavirus’, Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations Blog, 21 May, 2020.

Williams, R. (2019) ‘Looking for Flavortown: Touristic Culinary Consumption in Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’, In Media Res (Themed week on food media), Monday 11 February, 2019.

Williams, R. and A. Gilbert (2018) ‘The State of Fandom Studies 2018: Rebecca Williams and Anne Gilbert’, Confessions of an Aca-Fan Part One and Part Two

Williams, R. (2017) ‘IWA Media Summit 2017: A look back and a look forward’, Centre for Media & Culture in Small Nations blog Online

Williams, R. (2016) ‘Twin Peaks without David Lynch is like …’, In Media Res. (Themed tie-in week with Cinema Journal on Twin Peaks). Online

Williams, R. (2016) ‘Analysing Online Postings: Exploring Television Fandom and Identity’, SAGE Research Methods Platform. Online

Williams, R. (2015) ‘Cooking with Hannibal: Food, fandom and participation’, In Media Res(Themed week on Hannibal). Online

Williams, R. (2013) ‘Warm Bodies: Zombies in Popular Culture’, SciScreen: Fiction and Fact in Film, 20 May 2013. Online.

Williams, R. (2013) ‘Torchwood and its Interim Fandom’, Who Watching. Online

Williams, R. (2011) ‘Strigoi’, SciScreen: Fiction and Fact in Film, 1 November 2011. Online.

Williams, R. (2010) ‘Monstrosity and The Wolfman in Media and Culture’, SciScreen: Fiction and Fact in Film, 6 December 2010. Online.

Book/conference Reviews

Williams, R. (2022) ‘Film Review: “Welcome Foolish Muppets”: Spatial Transmedia and Corporate Synergy in Disney+’s Muppets Haunted Mansion (2021)’, Adaptation. Online First. 

Williams, R. (2016) Book review: The Writing Dead: Talking Terror with TV’s Top Horror Writers’ Critical Studies in Television 11 (3): 394-395.

Williams, R. (2015) Book review: ‘Fandom, Image and Authenticity: Joy Devotion and the Second Lives of Kurt Cobain and Ian Curtis Journal of Fandom Studies 3 (2).

Williams, R. (2014) Book review: Screening Twilight , Viewfinder (British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC)).

Williams, R. (2014) Book review: Sherlock and Transmedia Fandom: Essays on the BBCSeries, Critical Studies in Television.

Williams, R. (2012) Book review: Enric Castello, Alexander Dhoest and Hugh O’Donnell (ed.) (2009) The Nation on Screen: Discourses of the National on Global Television, Critical Studies in Television 7 (2).

Williams, R. (2010) Cyfrwng Conference 2009 Report, Cyfrwng website

Williams, R. (2009) Book review: Jill Walker Rettberg (2008) ’Blogging: Digital Media and Society Series, Journalism Studies 10 (4): 568-569.

Williams, R. (2008) Conference review: Whoniversal Appeal: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference on Doctor Who, and its Spin-Offs, Cardiff University, 14-16 November, 2008,Critical Studies in Television Online

Williams, R. (2008) Book review: Jonathan Gray, Cornel Sandvoss and C. Lee Harrington (ed.) (2007) Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World, Participations 5 (2)

PhD Thesis

Williams, R. (2008) Television Fan Distinctions and Identity: An Analysis of ‘Quality’ Discourses and Threats to ‘Ontological Security’’, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University.