- Author(s): Minja Bloom
- When: 2013-06
- Where: Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis
Popular culture and fandom provide a setting where people can reflect on the questions of life. Jennifer Porter, who has studied the religious aspects of Star Trek fandom, says that Star Trek defines for many of its fans what it means to be human. It also discusses the way things are, and the way they should, or could, be in our reality (Porter 2009: 278). In this article the author shows that television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), True Blood (2008–) and the Vampire Diaries (2009–) have made the same kind of impact on their fans.