Love Me For A Reason: An Auto-ethnographic Account of Boyzone Fandom


  • Simone Driessen Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Bethan Jones Aberystwyth University


music fandom, boy bands, Boyzone, post-object fandom, post-youth


Fan scholars such as Matt Hills have argued that fannish interests can become relevant and irrelevant at different times during a fan’s life. Combining insights from popular music and fan studies, in this article we use an auto-ethnographic approach to examine our changing levels of interest in Boyzone. Both of us encountered the Irish boy band at different times in our lives, and both of us experienced our fandom in different ways. In relation to the band’s fandom, Boyzone’s music can be considered a technology of “self” (DeNora 2000): a vehicle that people use to work through their biographies by recalling particular emotions and memories. We theorize this engagement with our fan object both by considering Cornel Sandvoss’ notion that media fandom is a partial extension of the teenage self, and Rebecca William’s concept of post-object fandom. Using our two experiences as a case study, we show how dormant music fandom can develop in different ways for fans in different circumstances. Keywords: music fandom, boy bands, Boyzone, post-object fandom, post-youth

Author Biographies

Simone Driessen, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Simone Driessen is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) and a lecturer in the Media and Communication Department of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Bethan Jones, Aberystwyth University

Bethan Jones is a PhD Candidate at Aberystwyth University focusing on fandom, cult TV and fan/producer relationships. She has written extensively on fandom, new media and gender.



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