The Worlds of John Wick

The Worlds of John Wick

The Year's Work at the Continental Hotel

The Year's Work: Studies in Fan Culture and Cultural Theory

Edited by Caitlin G. Watt and Stephen Watt

Contributions by Lisa Coulthard, Lindsay Steenberg, Lauren Steimer, Wayne Wong, Skip Willman, Aaron Jaffe, Edward P. Dallis-Comentale, Mary Nestor, Andrew Battaglia, Marleen Newman, Charles M. Tung, Mi Jeong Lee, Karalyn Kendall-Morwick, Owen R. Horton and Vivian Nun Halloran

Published by: Indiana University Press

425 pages, 155.00 x 178.00 x 0.00 mm, 38 b&w illus.

  • ISBN: 9780253062413
  • Published: May 2022


Each John Wick film has earned more money and recognition than its predecessor, defying the conventional wisdom about the box office's action movie landscape, normally dominated by superhero movies and science fiction epics.

As The Worlds of John Wick explores, the range and depth of John Wick worldbuilding offers thrills that you simply can't find anywhere else. The franchise's hybrid revenge-thriller plot with the action of a Kung Fu flick attracts viewers nostalgic for genres popularized in the 1970s. Contributors consider everything from fight sequences, action aesthetics, and stunts to grief, cinematic space and time, and gender performance. The collective result reveals why John Wick is a hit despite a plot that the creators admit is neither complex nor original.

A deep dive into this popular neo-noir franchise, The Worlds of John Wick celebrates and complicates the cult phenomenon that is John Wick.