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TV-Hero(in)es of Boys and Girls

Reception Studies of Favorite Characters

Maya Götz

Out of all the media that today’s children encounter, what makes a particular TV character a child’s favorite? Based on 80 case studies, in-depth fan studies and standardized surveys with over 5,000 children between the ages six and twelve in Germany, this book elucidates how girls and boys use TV characters in their everyday lives and their identity work.
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“Sometimes I Think I Could Be so Quick and Strong”

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The Fascination With Dragon Ball Z1

We will fight for love and glory, we will live to tell the story

There is nothing we can’t live through;

Nothing ever dies, we will rise again

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