This article investigates the potential role and use of place in long-term fandom, via a case study of fans of The Prisoner and its main filming location of Portmeirion in North Wales. Much research on film tourism focuses on one-time encounters, but fans of The Prisoner have been visiting and revisiting Portmeirion regularly for over 50 years, potentially developing a different sort of relationship with it. Based on interviews with 16 long-term fans of The Prisoner and participatory observation on site, we develop the concept of the “fan homecoming,” a return visit to a familiar fandom-related place, and show how this relationship with place can shape long-term fandom. In facilitating repeated and ritualized practices, being able to regularly gather with other fans, and providing a “safe vault” for the fandom and its memories, place is shown to have an integral role.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/15405702.2018.1524146, hdl.handle.net/1765/110587
Journal Popular Communication
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Waysdorf, A.S, & Reijnders, S.L. (2018). Fan homecoming: analyzing the role of place in long-term fandom of The Prisoner. Popular Communication. doi:10.1080/15405702.2018.1524146