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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / Raymond ZhouEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPFans offer more than idolBy Raymond Zhou (China Daily) Updated:2016-01-18 08:24Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallIn Chinas burgeoning film industry, fans act as the storm troopers who whip up a storm of frenzy, giving a general impression that the movie has gained mainstream acceptance or even snowballing enthusiasm.[Photo by Wang Xiaoying/China Daily]Fans play a special role in pop culture and the entertainment industry. Not only do they spend heavily on their idols and evangelize for them, fans often assume the positions of attackers and defenders as if in a blood sport.Han Haoyue belongs to a consortium of critics who review and score major film releases. When he gave a “Not recommend” to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he expected an army of loyalists throwing mud at him on his micro blog.He got a pleasant surprise: It didnt happen. “Not a single crazy remark so far,” he wrote, “which shows that the Star Wars franchise has Chinese fans who are very mature and rational, perhaps above the age of 40.”In Chinas burgeoning film industry, fans act as the storm troopers who whip up a storm of frenzy, giving a general impression that the movie has gained mainstream acceptance or even snowballing enthusiasm, engulfing even non-fans and pushing up the box-office tally.In mature markets like North America, fans, though small in number, tend to propel word of mouth which, in turn, could stimulate overall attendance.The problem with fans in China is a quasi-religious zealotry.When I first criticized Tiny Times, tens of thousands of Guo Jingmings fans swarmed to my micro blog, leaving all kinds of nasty – but often childishly laughable – words. Guo, the writer-director, had won a base of some 10-20 million loyalists through his fiction, most of whom are teenage girls. His public response to my criticism essentially started a call to action.I was only one of hundreds of critics who lambasted his film, yet I was turned into a symbol of acerbic criticism since he responded to only mine, thus “elevating me out of mass oblivion” in the words of some Guo devotees.A so-called fan film – one with a sizable fan base, not one created by fans a la fan fiction – is not really a genre like romance or horror. Yet it is a reality any filmmaker has to come to terms with.Previous Page1 2 3 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 3 Next Page8.03KRelated StoriesFilm gives tradition a modern twistLaw can restrict the number of smoking scenes in a filmMovie stars awarded at Palm Springs film festivalA Shijiazhuang film studio of split personalitiesChinas companies look abroad as film prospersYearender: Film critics top 10 Chinese films of 2015Most Viewed Todays Top NewsParty watchdogs openness is helpful to anti-graft campaignHow money for left-behind kids has been spent needs explainingIran-Saudi row unlikely to raise oil pricesAIIB a test for Chinas international roleNew blood may not necessarily support the LDPForum TrendsTop 10 domestic news cartoonsTop 10 world news cartoonsOur forumites make their own 2016 calendarHow an American views China and USIs public breastfeeding appropriate?12 stories that touched the heart in 2015Squat or sit?ColumnistsSelf-glorification in State of Union address ignored US problemsSupport China to gain market economy statusFeatured ContributorsAIIB starts new era for AsiaGeneral Secretary Xi takes steps to strengthen party disciplineStar BloggersOver the top By teamkrejadosStrangely enough, the Chinese don t seem to be acquainted with the Less is More philosophy. In itself that is a paradox, considering the relative simplicity of the typical home over here.My letter to Premier Li Keqiang By jaseminsiboA leaders role is to provide a nurturing and governed environment to always ensure her citizens are safe. At the same time give them enough freedom to explore and develop their own identity.President Xi Jinpings vision for 2016: Responsibility By MichaelMPresident Xi Jinping, in giving his third New Years speech for Chinese at home and around the world, outlined the accomplishments and challenging tasks that China has experienced and yet faces.SpecialPresident Xis UK visit in foreigners eyeSino-US love storiesGlobal views on Chinas WWII anniversary…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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