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Date Posted: Thursday, February 09, 10:56:29am
Author: Nestra
Subject: I have a hard time answering that question (r)
In reply to: sk 's message, "Re: Many rambling thoughts (r)" on Wednesday, February 08, 08:39:54pm

Because I have a hard time answering it for myself. What grabs me? I can toss out some possibilities -- pretty people, sci-fi or fantasy, banter, humor -- but nothing is absolute. And I see so many people in different fandoms for so many different reasons.

It can be quality of writing on the show (both good and bad). It can be a show's setting or premise. It can be the actors. It can be an issue of timing or what day of the week a show is on.

Why is Stargate: Atlantis the hottest thing in slash fandom right now? Why do certain fandoms support certain trends, like the run of "crackfic" in SGA right now, or the Mag7 ATF universe, or the Xena "uber" fic, or boyband slash wingfic? There are so many variables, including the members of the fandom itself and their previous fandom experiences.

There was a panel at last year's Escapade con (I think it was last year) that dealt with this subject from the viewpoint of a book called "The Tipping Point". You can read a report of it in Kass Rachel's journal here -- it's toward the bottom under the heading "Panel: The Tipping Point in Fandom: Mavens, Connectors, Salesmen."

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