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Date Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 09:54:51am
Author: Nell
Subject: I know ff.net isn't completely representative, but (r)
In reply to: sk 's message, "some not-very-rigorous statistics about fanfiction" on Tuesday, February 07, 04:47:39pm

I'm not sure the broad percentages are that far off (except, possibly, with soap operas - all of which had huge internet fansites well before ff.net debuted, and still do, and their fanfic may very well be 'over there' somewhere) - at least based on my sense of fandom's current preoccupations ( at least as gleaned from such excellent fannish source spots as Fandom_Wank, or Metafandom. *g*

I do get the sense that fannish-activity, especially on the creative end, tends to focus most intensely around source media that seem outside the realm of the 'normal' every day life, either through magic/supernatural/scifi, or even just intensity of experience.

In this sense, LFN fits right in.

It isn't quite as simple as sheer popularity - because as far as I can tell, for example, sit-coms don't generate nearly as much creative fan activity, though they are often very popular, and the short-run survivor/reality shows also don't seem to get as much, in proportion to their popularity - that something like Highlander, or Smallville, or LFN did/does.

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  • It may not be quite representative, as others point out (r) -- JayBee, Wednesday, February 08, 10:48:46am

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