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Mega Mega Mega Fanfic Poll!!!!
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I was having a discussion with sunnyrea about fanfic yesterday and I decided to make a poll about it!



Poll #1784264 THE MEGA MEGA FANFIC POLL

I consider myself primarily a

Fanfic writer
6(10.9%)
Fanfic reader
22(40.0%)
Both
9(16.4%)
Neither
18(32.7%)

FANFIC! Write it?

Regularly
3(5.6%)
Occasionally
4(7.4%)
I go through periods of writing it regularly or occasionally followed by periods of not writing it for long stretches.
16(29.6%)
In the past, but not currently
8(14.8%)
I don't write fic but I roleplay in fandom-based writing RPGs.
2(3.7%)
I have only written fanfic a few times.
9(16.7%)
I have only written a single piece of fanfic ever.
4(7.4%)
I have written an adaptation or other work that is not really fanfic but has something in common with fanfic.
2(3.7%)
I have never written fanfic.
6(11.1%)

FANDOMS! I primarily write in:

Lots of fandoms!
0(0.0%)
Under 10 fandoms
2(3.8%)
Under 5 fandoms
18(34.0%)
Only one fandom
12(22.6%)
I tend to gravitate to one fandom at a time for sustained periods, then move on to a different one
6(11.3%)
I don't write fanfic
15(28.3%)

I write fanfics in these fandoms:

The lengths I go to: Lengths of fanfics I write most frequently

EPIC! (hundreds of thousands of words)
3(2.3%)
Novellas! (50-100k!)
6(4.6%)
Long (10-50k!)
5(3.8%)
Medium! 5-10k
10(7.7%)
Short-ish! 2-5k
20(15.4%)
Short! 1-2k
21(16.2%)
More shorter! 500-1000!
22(16.9%)
Drabbles and ficlets! 100-500
23(17.7%)
Flashfic! Under 100
5(3.8%)
I don't write fanfic
15(11.5%)

I post my fanfic

On my own website or blog
26(27.7%)
On an "official" website, mailing list or community for the fandom in question
4(4.3%)
On a fan-run website, mailing list or community for the fandom in question
19(20.2%)
On a fanfic repository or library
18(19.1%)
On another site, mailing list, or community related to fanfiction
3(3.2%)
On another site mailing list, or community unrelated to fanfiction
2(2.1%)
In a print publication
0(0.0%)
I keep my fanfic for myself (please only tick this if you EXCLUSIVELY write for yourself and don't share it)
3(3.2%)
Somewhere else
2(2.1%)
I don't write fanfic
17(18.1%)

I have been paid to write fanfic

By someone else who sold or otherwise published my fanfic
0(0.0%)
Because I sell my fanfic in a published format on my own
0(0.0%)
I have taken commissions to write fanfic
0(0.0%)
I have been sort-of paid in something that isn't money (baked goods, LJ icons, sexual favors)
3(5.4%)
Only from ad traffic to my website or similar indirect money
0(0.0%)
I have never been paid to write fanfic
36(64.3%)
I don't write fanfic
17(30.4%)

I have been paid, either with money or other forms of payment for fanfic:

With the knowledge and permission of the creator of the original work
1(1.7%)
Without the knowledge or permission of the creator of the original work
3(5.0%)
With the knowledge but not the permission of the creator of the original work
1(1.7%)
With the explicit disapproval of the creator of the original work
0(0.0%)
Based on a work for which the creator explicitly gave blanket permission for such things
1(1.7%)
Based on a work which was in the public domain/otherwise free from copyright issues
1(1.7%)
Based on a work for which I hold the estate
0(0.0%)
Based on a work for which the creator is dead/otherwise incapable to grant permission, but without permission from the estate
0(0.0%)
Based on a work for which the creator is dead/otherwise incapable to grant permission, but with permission from the estate
0(0.0%)
I have never made money off fanfic
37(61.7%)
I don't write fanfic
16(26.7%)

FANFIC! Read it?

Regularly
12(22.2%)
Occasionally
12(22.2%)
I go through periods of reading it regularly or occasionally followed by periods of not reading it for long stretches.
12(22.2%)
In the past, but not currently
7(13.0%)
I don't read fanfic written as a purely fan-related activity, but I enjoy professionally published work that has elements in common with fanfic ("sequels" or "retellings")
2(3.7%)
I have only read fanfic a few times
4(7.4%)
I only read fanfic by a certain author or handful of authors
2(3.7%)
I don't read fanfic for pleasure but I often beta-read for my friends
1(1.9%)
I have only read one fanfic, ever
0(0.0%)
I have never read a fanfic
2(3.7%)

My favorite fanfic authors are:

FANDOMS! Read in them? I primarily read in:

Lots of fandoms!
12(22.2%)
Under 10 fandoms
3(5.6%)
Under 5 fandoms
22(40.7%)
Just 1 fandom
5(9.3%)
I tend to gravitate to one fandom at a time for sustained periods, then move on to a different one
4(7.4%)
I don't read fanfic
8(14.8%)

I read fanfic in the following fandoms:

I prefer to read fanfic that is:

EPIC! (hundreds of thousands of words)
17(8.1%)
Novellas! (50-100k!)
19(9.0%)
Long (10-50k!)
27(12.9%)
Medium! 5-10k
33(15.7%)
Short-ish! 2-5k
28(13.3%)
Short! 1-2k
25(11.9%)
More shorter! 500-1000!
20(9.5%)
Drabbles and ficlets! 100-500
18(8.6%)
Flashfic! Under 100
10(4.8%)
I have no preference as long as it is by one of my preferred authors
5(2.4%)
I don't read fanfic
8(3.8%)

I choose fanfics to read based on:

Characters
39(22.5%)
Pairings
32(18.5%)
Themes
32(18.5%)
Historical Periods in that universe's canon
16(9.2%)
Crossovers
11(6.4%)
Maturity Content (I prefer no "mature" content)
2(1.2%)
Maturity Content (I prefer "mature" content)
11(6.4%)
Ratings or reviews by others
15(8.7%)
Something Else
7(4.0%)
I don't read fanfic
8(4.6%)

I have paid for fanfic:

For work which I originally created
1(2.9%)
For a publication which I publish with the consent/knowledge of the original creator
0(0.0%)
For a publication which I publish without the consent/knowledge of the original creator
0(0.0%)
For a publication which I publish directly against the wishes of the original creator
0(0.0%)
By purchasing a publication full of fanfic
0(0.0%)
For my own personal collection
0(0.0%)
To support a fanfic writer I like
4(11.8%)
With something that is not money (cupcakes, web design, ocelots)
6(17.6%)
Something Else
12(35.3%)
I don't read fanfic
11(32.4%)

I personally have moral/ethical quandaries/uneasiness about fanfic which:

includes pornography in a fandom where the canon material does not
3(1.8%)
includes subjects such as rape or pedophilia in a fandom where the canon material does not
20(11.8%)
is written in fandoms where the original creator has not explicitly said they encourage fanfic
0(0.0%)
is written in fandoms where the original creator has explicitly said they discourage fanfic
17(10.0%)
goes counter to the wishes of the original creator (ie, porn written in a fandom where a creator enjoys fanfic but does not enjoy porn)
12(7.1%)
includes real people, living or dead.
8(4.7%)
includes real people, but only if they are still alive.
10(5.9%)
includes real people, but only if they have explicitly said they don't like fic being written about them
15(8.8%)
includes real people, but only if it is pornographic
13(7.6%)
includes real people, but only if it also includes the author
7(4.1%)
includes real people, but only if it is pornographic and also includes the author
9(5.3%)
is used to gain monetary compensation
17(10.0%)
is used to gain monetary compensation, but only without the permission of the original author/subject
17(10.0%)
the author creates new, original characters
6(3.5%)
the author deliberately contradicts facts of the original canon
12(7.1%)
Something Else
4(2.4%)




Whew! Um. That thing. Cookies if you read it all?

Note: the last question is not to suggest that anyone should/should not feel a certain way, but is just to collect most of the major objections I have heard from people and see how many people actually feel that way!

Hm. I realized after I voted in it that I probably skewed the results with some of my answers. Would you consider stuff like fandom auctions where fic is "sold" for charity donations as paying for fic, or not, since the author isn't actually on the receiving end of the money and/or goods?

I should have included something like that! I forgot about those. I would consider that exchanging something that isn't money for fanfic, because it's like giving the author a charitable donation in their name.

Wait. Do H_E points count as payment? I might need to go back and change that answer.

That last question reminded me of something I'd seen recently. Some British TV show about how television ruined love for us. He said something like we've been conditioned to autopair up anyone we see on television. Fanfic seems like an extreme condition of this.

At it's meanest it's like I WANT THIS HAPPY ENDING AND GAY COWBOY RAINBOW SEX DAMMNIT. Gimme. Penis! Everywhere! But I think the other coin is that it brings out creativity and this shared expansion of a fandom that can be pretty awesome and strange and awesome. I can understand why an author or artist might object (especially if money is involved) but I'd lean towards let people write what the hell they want. It can only serve to make people more interested in the fandom.

Yeah, I agree with your sentiment here. I don't write fanfic in a fandom where the author explicitly discourages it but to me it's all about creating more love.

This isn't a disagreement because I know that's not what you're saying-- I think television/fanfic may have altered the way we perceive romance in a lot of stories but to be honest, I don't think it ruined love-- love goes so far beyond just romantic pairings and into realms that even human imagination has never completely worn out, and in some ways turning things around and around in words and seeing every permutation of a single creation adds to that and enhances it.

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No it's cool! The point was to get answers from a variety of people! You can edit the poll, too, if you wish.

I have never paid money for a fic, but I have once or twice written FOR another person specifically.

Oooh, that's a good permutation that I'd never thought of adding.

I never paid for fanfic but that isn't an option so I'm clicking "I don't read fanfic" on that one even though that isn't true at all!

I didn't put in an option because it's tickyboxes so you don't have to tick any if none are true!

I wish I could vote twice for "deliberately contradicts canon." I ticked a few other boxes but that one gets to me like no other and is the only surefire way (short of comma splices) to make me close your fic without finishing.

At this point in my life I pretty much only write/read for H_E contests, but I do really enjoy retellings/sequels to works of fiction. :)

I would have been interested to see a question in this pollabout publishing in physical fanzines, because I'm a little curious about how people view physical publication of IPs that are not their own. :)

I had print publication on the list!!!

I've only paid for fanfic when it's for a charity cause, like the Haiti quake or the Japanese nuclear disaster.

Yeah, I think that counts more as paying for something with something other than money.

It doesn't bother me if the real person is just a passing background character... but when the fic revolves around a real person or persons that seems stalkerish to me. :<

I've been in a lot of RPS fandoms and I may be screwy in the brain (because an RPS fandom was one of my first fandoms when I was a wee thing) but generally the sane parts of the fandom see the people in the fics as characters based off whatever the actor/musician/whoever displays to the media and nothing like the actual person. Like there's a fic version of that person that follows certain fic rules and cliches and is totally disconnected except in name and appearance from the actual person.

And since a lot of RPS is AU it's usually more like reading original stories where the characters happen to have the same names as celebrities.

I had some trouble with the last one, because while I don't like RPF, I am guilty of writing it. In my defense.. it was 10 years ago and I didn't know any better.

I don't think there's anything wrong with finding something you've done objectionable. You just have to be cool with being like, "self, I find this objectionable!!"

The only fanfic where I can recall maybe being offended by the subject matter was the Lucius Malfoy skullfuck. You all know what I'm talking about!

What about the Harry/James/Sirius necrophilia fic? That one was ok? XD

A year ago I would have said no to all these things, and then Dragon Age 2 happened, and now I am deeply entrenched in the fanfic writer swamp. Though, to my defense, I've been using it to learn how to write adventure/action/romance stories instead of horror, and to work on my dialogue. So it has been a VERY useful exercise for me.

RPF weirds me out unless thalialunacy is behind it. I can't help but think how awkward and embarrassed I'd feel if people wrote porn about my life.

Edited at 2011-10-05 05:39 am (UTC)

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I think Dymphna's counts because it is technically Harry Potter fanfic :-P

Anyway, that is kind of exciting. I think the thing with fanfic is that there are so many motivations for writing it-- much very silly and playful as you say but I know some people who have written some beautiful, very serious and epic fanfic.

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