cult following

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cult following

Collectively, the passionate fans of a film, TV show, book, or other creative work, typically one that has not had mainstream success. How did "Twin Peaks" manage to create a cult following in just two seasons?
See also: cult, following
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THEY are both revolutionary characters inspiring cult followings across the world but when it came to best beard of the decade music festival supremo Michael Eavis edged out former Cuban leader Fidel Castro - by a whisker.
(His late co-author has left less of a mark: Many of Wilson's books have cult followings, while the only Shea effort to make a big splash was the trilogy he wrote with Wilson.) Allusions to Wilson's work appear in places both classy and trashy: There's a Wilsonian stamp on films as diverse as Magnolia, The Mothman Prophecies, and 5ex and Lucia, and it's because of Wilson and Shea that the Illuminati, a secret society that once lurked only in right-wing conspiracy tracts, became the villains of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider.
A student union source said: "Daniels and Halliwell both seem to have cult followings among the students."
Many of Barters early works, particularly Death Race 2000, had strong cult followings, but it was the low-budget Eating Raoul that brought him to a mainstream audience.
The second-generation fakes that Murakami introduced were so successful that they began to accrue their own cult followings, a phenomenon leading to a visit from certain organized-crime representatives who prevailed upon the artist to discontinue his art project, as it was interfering with a profitable brand-name's (purloined) identity.