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Date Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 08:21:50am
Author: KT
Subject: Re: some not-very-rigorous statistics about fanfiction
In reply to: sk 's message, "some not-very-rigorous statistics about fanfiction" on Tuesday, February 07, 04:47:39pm

The first thought that occurs to me is that some things are just more predictable in relation to basic human nature and instincts than others.

Power, sex, greed, etc are great motivators common to all.

I agree that LFN was not written for the general public in terms of what makes a show instantly popular, ie, characters easily identified with, plots not too difficult to keep track of. Its elements of mystery surrounding its main characters only served to drive the curiosity of the fans, and its intelligent writing (at least in the first 2 seasons) also tempted those who were fascinated by its view of terrorism (a whole different level of crime that we see in NCIS, CSI, et al), still the hottest topic on the planet.

I think it's the elements that are omitted that drive fans to write about a fandom. They just naturally want to fill in the gaps. Again, this applies to LFN in a big way.

Sexual tension resolution would account for a lot of writing where the pairs of characters never actually consummate a relationship and the fans are constantly imagining what the encounter would be like. Again, LFN fits into this slot with its numerous possibilities.

As a huge fan of scifi, the potential for imagination is unlimited, and opens the door for fanfic that really has no boundaries except for the character set and the time period, with whatever technical developments exist. Who could ask for a more tempting venue?

And then there's the supernatural, which has fascinated people since who knows when: ghosts, vampires, psychics, and on and on. Can't even begin to get into that here.

Thanks for reading mho on a stimulating topic. ^!^

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