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About Lynn Zubernis
Lynn Zubernis is a psychologist, a university professor, a proud mom -- and a passionate fangirl. She has spent the last 15 years going behind the scenes of her favorite television show, Supernatural, researching the show and interviewing both the stars and the fans. Her new book, "There'll Be Peace When You Are Done: Actors and Fans Celebrate the Legacy of Supernatural" is a love letter to the show from both the actors who star in it and the fans who kept it on the air for 15 seasons. Series stars including Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles contributed chapters and Misha Collins contributed a special message to close out the book. The book is an emotional homage to the show and a permanent reminder of what has made it so special, in the actors' and fans' own words - and that we will never forget it!
Her 2017 book, "Family Don't End With Blood" includes original chapters written by thirteen Supernatural actors, including Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins, and ten passionate fans, who all wrote personal and powerful essays about the impact the show and the fandom have had on their lives. Lynn also co-edited "Supernatural Psychology" along with Travis Langley, and with partner in crime Kathy Larsen, wrote "Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls", which chronicles their often humorous (and occasionally embarrassing) misadventures on a wild and crazy 'roadtrip through fandom' and behind the scenes on Supernatural. When they're not scraping up funds for fan conventions, they have also written a more academic exploration of Supernatural and its fans, "Fandom At The Crossroads", and edited "Fan Phenomena: Supernatural", with essays by fans, researchers, cast and crew of the show, including Misha Collins and Richard Speight Jr. Lynn has also written for Supernatural Magazine, Slate, The Conversation, Frolic and MovieTvTechGeeks, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Fandom Studies.
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How a Show, and the Support of Its Fandom, Changed—and Saved—Lives
Supernatural, a three-time People’s Choice Award winner for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show and Tumblr’s 2015 Most Reblogged “Live Action TV,” has made a name for itself by supporting and encouraging its fans to “always keep fighting,” and a memorable line from early in the show’s run, “Family don’t end with blood,” became an inspiring mantra for many who found community in the fandom.
In 25 powerful chapters written by Supernatural’s actors and fans, including series lead Jared Padalecki, plus special messages from Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Mark Sheppard, Family Don’t End with Blood: Cast and Fans On How Supernatural Has Changed Lives examines the far reach of the show’s impact for more than a decade. Supernatural has inspired fans to change their lives, from getting “sober for Sam” to escaping a cult to pursuing life-long dreams. But fans aren’t the only ones who have been changed. The actors who bring the show to life have also found, in the show and its community, inspiration, courage, and the strength to keep going when life seemed too hard.
Including essays and special messages from Supernatural ’s cast:
- Jared Padelecki (“Sam Winchester”)
- Jensen Ackles (“Dean Winchester”)
- Misha Collins (“Castiel”)
- Mark Sheppard (“Crowley”)
- Jim Beaver (“Bobby Singer”)
- Ruth Connell (“Rowena MacLeod”)
- Osric Chau (“Kevin Tran”)
- Rob Benedict (“Chuck Shurley aka God”)
- Kim Rhodes (“Sheriff Jody Mills”)
- Briana Buckmaster (“Sheriff Donna Hanscum”)
- Matt Cohen (“Young John Winchester”)
- Gil McKinney (“Henry Winchester”)
- Rachel Miner (“Meg Masters”)
Collected and edited by Lynn S. Zubernis, a clinical psychologist, professor, and passionate Supernatural fangirl, Family Don’t End with Blood provides an insightful and often uplifting look into the way international fan communities become powerful, positive forces in the lives of so many.
In keeping with the show’s message to “always keep fighting,” a portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to RANDOM ACTS, a nonprofit founded by Misha Collins, and AT TITUDES IN REVERSE, whose mission is to educate young people about mental health and suicide prevention.
There'll Be Peace When You Are Done: Actors and Fans Celebrate the Legacy of Supernatural is an emotional look back at the beloved television show Supernatural as it wraps up its final season after fifteen unprecedented years on air.
With heartfelt chapters written by both the series' actors and its fans—plus full-color photos and fan illustrations—There'll Be Peace When You Are Done traces Supernatural's evolution, the memorable characters created by its writers and brought to life by its talented actors, and the many ways in which the show has inspired and changed the lives of both its viewers and cast.
Both a celebration of Supernatural and a way of remembering what made it so special, this book is a permanent reminder of the legacy the show leaves behind and a reminder to the SPN Family to, like the series' unofficial theme song says, "carry on."
Featuring chapters from Jared Padalecki ("Sam Winchester") and Jensen Ackles ("Dean Winchester"), which include some of the most heartfelt and emotional things they've previously said about Supernatural that they want fans to remember—plus new reflections about Sam and Dean's legacy, There'll Be Peace When You Are Done also includes original contributions from:
• Richard Speight, Jr. ("Gabriel")
• Chad Lindberg ("Ash")
• Julie McNiven ("Anna Milton")
• Tahmoh Penikett ("Gadreel")
• Shoshannah Stern ("Eileen Leahy")
• Rick Worthy ("Alpha Vamp")
• David Haydn-Jones ("Arthur Ketch")
• Lauren Tom ("Linda Tran")
• And many more, including a special message from Misha Collins ("Castiel")
Edited by Lynn S. Zubernis, a clinical psychologist, professor, and passionate Supernatural fangirl, There'll Be Peace When You Are Done is the ultimate send-off for this iconic show that has touched and changed the lives of so many fans across all walks of life.
With fully integrated DSM-5 criteria and current CACREP standards, this text examines case conceptualization and effective treatments across the most common disorders encountered in counseling. The comprehensive approach helps readers develop their professional identities as well as their case conceptualization and intervention skills. Each chapter blends current theory and research with case illustrations and guided practice exercises to anchor the material in real-world application. Using an innovative new Temporal/Contextual (T/C) Model, the book provides an easy-to-apply and practical framework for developing accurate and effective case conceptualizations and treatment plans.
Case Conceptualization and Effective Interventions is part of the SAGE Counseling and Professional Identity Series, which targets specific competencies identified by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs). To learn more about each text in the series, please visit www.sagepub.com/cpiseries.
Following the adventures of two brothers who investigate deeply strange and paranormal mysteries in their never-ending road trip, the TV show Supernatural has many fans eager to better understand the psychology behind the series’ themes and characters. Through 20 essays, this collection examines such issues as
- The role grief and trauma play in the protagonists’ lives
- The importance of music to the narrative
- What motivates someone to hunt monsters and why we want to believe in magic
- The various archangels and archetypes depicted
- How people can cope with tragedy, loss, addiction, and fear to become heroes who do the right thing
- The dynamics of fandom: how fans relate to the narrative, characters, and actors, and continue to engage with series through fanfic, social media, and other practices
Supernatural premiered on September 14, 2005, on what was then called the WB Network. Creator Eric Kripke was inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, putting his heroes, brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, in a big black ’67 Impala and sending them in search of the urban legends that fascinated him. The series attracted a passionate fan base from the start and was described as a 'cultural attractor' that tapped into the zeitgeist of the moment, reflecting global fears of terrorism with its themes of fighting unseen evil. The chemistry between the lead actors, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, contributed to the show’s initial success, and Supernatural found its niche when it combined demon-hunting adventures with a powerful relationship drama that explored the intense, complicated bond between the brothers. Supernatural is as much a story of familial ties, love and loyalty as it is of 'saving people, hunting things.'
Fan Phenomena: Supernatural explores the ongoing fascination and passion for a show that developed a relationship with fans through eight seasons and continues to have an impact on fan culture to the present day. Essays here explore the rich dynamic that has developed between fans and producers, actors, writers, directors, the show creator and show-runners through online interactions on Twitter and Facebook, face-to-face exchanges at conventions and representations of fandom within the show’s meta-episodes. Contributors also explore gender and sexuality in the show and in fan art; the visual dynamics, cinematography and symbolism in the episodes as well as the fan videos they inspire; and the culture of influence, learning and teaching in the series.
They had white-knuckled encounters with overly zealous security guards one year and smiling invitations to the Supernatural set the next. Actors stripping in their trailers, fangirls sneaking onto film sets; drunken confessions, squeals of joy, tears of despair; wallets emptied and responsibilities left behind; intrigue and ecstasy and crushing disappointment—it’s all here.
And yet even as they reveled in their fandom, the authors were asking themselves whether it’s okay to be a fan, especially for grown women with careers and kids. “Crazystalkerchicks”—that’s what they heard from Supernatural crew members, security guards, airport immigration officials, even sometimes their fellow fans. But what Kathy and Lynn found was that most fans were very much like themselves: smart, capable women looking for something of their own that engages their brains and their libidos.
Fangasm pulls back the curtain on the secret worlds of fans and famous alike, revealing Supernatural behind the scenes and discovering just how much the cast and crew know about what the fans are up to. Anyone who’s been tempted to throw off the constraints of respectability and indulge a secret passion—or hit the road with a best friend—will want to come along.