An Empirical Report on Young People’s Responses to Adult Fantasy Films

Martin Barker

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Drawing on two substantial databases—from the international Lord of the Rings and Hobbit projects—this chapter explores the ways in which young people’s responses to films are like or unlike adult responses. It analyses, in particular, how a possible transformative moment can occur in their lives, in which particular films play a crucial role in expanding their sense of the self and the world. These empirical findings are set in relation to psychological accounts of the “reminiscence bump,” and sociological accounts of generational memories, and to recent developments in general approaches to “fantasy.”
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Children's Film
EditorsNoel Brown
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780190939380
ISBN (Print)9780190939359
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2022

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks
PublisherOxford University Press


  • children
  • audiences
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Hobbit
  • identity transformations
  • fantasy


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