Friday, April 1, 2016

Fan Phenomena: Mermaids

Back in January, I had information that the book, Fan Phenomena: Mermaids would be out in April. I am happy to report that the book is indeed available now.

To review, "The book explores how merfolk have evolved in popular culture and what it is that grants them their privileged status among fantasy creatures."

Be sure to check out my chapter on mermaid blogging (page 74). Other contributors to the book include professional mermaid Hannah Fraser, and mermaid school owner Marielle Chartier-Henault.

The book was edited by Matthieu Guitton, who is also a big fan of the mermaid community.

The University of Chicago Press has a full synopsis and purchasing information. You can also find the book at Amazon.

Living Little Mermaid

The Mirror UK brings us the story of Michelle Roberts. Formerly a singer, dancer, and magician's assistant, Michelle now works full time as a professional mermaid.

"Two years ago a chance encounter with a professional mermaid inspired her to buy her own specially-made tail and dive into the world of mermaiding."

As a fiery red-head with freediving skills, she has no problem playing The Little Mermaid. No more boring office jobs for Michelle.

The article by Joshua Nevett contains a number of fine photos. If you are in the UK, watch for Michelle on upcoming documentaries showcasing extreme jobs and hobbies.


Join me now, in a flashback to April 1, 2012. It was four years ago when this mermaid got a little silly for a day. The result was a blog post entitled 'Aquatic Takeover'. This article introduced Danny Dolphin to the blog, who has returned here a few times since.

No confirmation that this mermaid is still a little silly.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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