From the moment Maya Phillips saw the opening scroll of Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
, her childhood changed forever. Her formative years were spent loving not just the Star Wars
saga, but superhero cartoons, anime, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
, Harry Potter
, Tolkien, and Doctor Who
-to name just a few. As a critic at large at The New York Times
, Phillips has written extensively on theater, poetry, and the latest blockbusters-with her love of some of the most popular and nerdy fandoms informing her career. Now, she analyzes the mark these beloved intellectual properties leave on young and adult minds, and what they teach us about race, gender expression, religion, and more-especially as fandom becomes more and more mainstream.