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Date Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 07:37:39am
Author: Swatkat
Subject: Some disjointed thoughts...
In reply to: sk 's message, "some not-very-rigorous statistics about fanfiction" on Tuesday, February 07, 04:47:39pm

And some series that seem to get a lot of fannish attention, like Battlestar Gallactica, didn�t even break the 1,000 stories line.

These new fandoms like BSG, Lost etc have a significant population of veteran fen, who would prefer to avoid ff.net as much as possible. (this is the same reason why they also have more slash right from the beginning than say, the HP fandom, where slashers had to *make* their own niche. and are LJcentric.)

And of course, our feral little fandom doesn't come close, at 191.

Authors who post at ff.net seldom post on the boards, which probably means that they don't know that the boards exist. And it is probably vice versa - considering how insular our fandom is, not many might know that ff.net exists.

at 8,154, Gilmore Girls has more stories than Angel, Smallville, X-Files, and many others

Hmm...doesn't GG have some pairings that are potentially attractive to the archetypal ff.net poster? Nestra, if you're around? More than XF or Angel - well, again, veteran fen tend to avoid ff.net. Also, it doesn't allow NC-17. That should be a reason.

Originally I thought you needed a large-ish set of well-defined characters, which should favor soap operas, but only Passions had more than 1,000 stories

Spike watches Passions! And that's all I know about the show. But yeah, soaps generally don't tend to get much fanfic.

but the original Law and Order doesn't qualify (only the SVU version breaks 1000).

From what I've seen in LJ fandom, Law and Order:SVU is indeed more popular than Law and Order.

though there are almost 230,000 Harry Potter-inspired stories

Heh. I love my fandom.

Almost half of those could be categorized as science fiction or fantasy

I also agree that SF/F shows/books (I would count Buffy and Xena as fantasy) have larger fandoms. Maybe because they have traditionally had a higher concentration of geekier fen, who are more likely to be fannish?

Also, an observation: a significant number of fen tend to have personal/police/medical dramas as their secondary (or one of many) fandoms, with a fantasy/science fiction/'cult' show as their primary (or one that gets more attention) fandom. At least in my flist, they do. *g*


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