Today, I searched online for fan groups for one of my all-time favorite authors, Edward Eager.Â Know what I found almost immediately?
â€œa young vampire named Edward. Eager fansâ€
Even in a hunt for fans of other books, youâ€™re bound to stumble on Stephanie Meyer.Â She and her minions lurk behind every door.
So I soldiered on, deeper into google.Â But further searches revealed that sadly, after half a century in print, despite his early status as a #1 bestseller, and the love of countless children, Eager has no fan club. He has no web site.Â He has nothing but a linkless Wikipedia page and the sites required by various booksellers to peddle their wares.
Which leads me to wonder what inspires fandom.Â I donâ€™t mean to ask what makes people enjoy a certain book, or what establishes literary merit.Â Eagerâ€™s got all that covered.Â I donâ€™t even mean to question how publishers spark big sales.Â I mean how do you attainÂ fandom.
Why do some books cause kids to collect stickers and join chat groups, while other booksâ€”even well-loved books, even bestsellersâ€”are simply read, enjoyed, and then returned to the library, or set on a back shelf to gather dust?
What is it about boy wizards and teen vampires?
Really, Iâ€™m asking!
Iâ€™ve got some thoughts on the matter myself, but Iâ€™m curious to hear what you thinkâ€¦