Fan reactions to "The Leftovers" and "Twin Peaks: The Return"

  • Jake Pitre Carleton University
Keywords: Fandom, Interpretation, Television, TV


Certain TV series, such as The Leftovers (2014–17) and Twin Peaks: The Return (2017), encourage their fandoms to solve puzzles, search for clues, and comb the internet for answers to questions. As a result of this work, fans can consider their readings of the series legitimate, even canonical, regardless of the producers' intent. Just as queer readings can be as valid as mainstream interpretations, these fan viewers use the language and strategies of alternative viewers to legitimize their own readings.

Author Biography

Jake Pitre, Carleton University
Jake Pitre is a graduate student in Film Studies at Carleton University.