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Jun. 8th, 2008

Fandom Cliches (a poll)

I know I have a fondness for a few clichés in my fandoms. Now, I'm wondering if other people do too (and what those clichés are). So, a poll.

Poll #1890 Fandom Cliches
Open to: All, results viewable to: All

What are your three favorite fandoms as of now?

What's your favorite character/pairing in the first fandom?

What's your favoirite fandom cliche involving that character and/or pairing?

What's your least favorite fandom cliche from the first fandom?

What's your favorite character/pairing in the second fandom?

What's your favoirite fandom cliche involving that character and/or pairing?

What's your least favorite fandom cliche from the second fandom?

What's your favorite character/pairing in the third fandom?

What's your favoirite fandom cliche involving that character and/or pairing?

What's your least favorite fandom cliche from the third fandom?

Anything else?

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Apr. 9th, 2008

Shipping!

A poll on shipping (because I'm a curious glutton for punishment). Thanks to my f-list for helping me sort out the questions.

Also, if you could answer each question (even if it's to say "I'm not going to answer this questin") I'd really appreciate it (that way the results won't be skewed one way or the other).

Before we even go there, no ship-bashing in the comments. All ship-bashing comment threads will be frozen (not deleted). You can talk about ships you don't like; just don't be malicious about the ship(s) and/or insult people who do ship that way.
Poll behind the cut to save your f-lists )

Mar. 20th, 2008

I have a question...

You know, there are a lot of friending asylums on ij. Some of them are specific (to age, fandom, etc.); some are general. But they're spread all over; there isn't one centralized place that lists friending asylums so users can browse through the various ones and find the asylum that fits exactly (or nearest to) what they're looking for. So, I propose that one should be made. I was just wondering if any of you agree that it would be a good idea. So, do you? Agree, that is.

Poll #1183
Open to: All, results viewable to: All

Do you think people would be interest in an asylum that would serve as an index for all the various friending asylums out there?

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Yes!
6 (37.5%)

Maybe
9 (56.2%)

Not Really
1 (6.2%)

No
0 (0.0%)

I really don't care one way or the other.
2 (12.5%)

Feb. 5th, 2008

Poll!

I must be behind the times, because I just got wind of SIYE's new set of rules: (copied and pasted from here)

PUBLICATION ON SIYE IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT! Therefore, you should be aware that your story may be refused on plot, characterisation or other grounds if it is determined to be incompatible with SIYE's aims.

In particular, Harry and Ginny should be plausibly in-character; you're writing about them, not original characters who happen to have the same names. The characters don't belong to the writer, but to JKR. The SIYE Staff has an obligation to treat them respectfully.

The following are a few examples, please keep in mind they are not all inclusive:

• JKR's Harry is not a drug user, so you can't write a story about him being one.

• The Golden Trio don't go out at night binge drinking so you can't make them out as drunks.

• Ginny doesn't shag every guy in her year, so don't make her out to be excessively promiscuous.


What exactly is "excessively promiscuous"? Does it mean having sex before marriage? Or sex with more than, say, five people before marriage? Or just sex with upwards of ten partners? I'm just curious. This, of course, makes me wonder if other people feel that certain activities should be excluded from Harry Potter fanfiction to keep the characters as in character as if JKR had written it.

ETA: In order to avoid some confusion, I do not agree with the SIYE owners/mods here. I think the idea of there being restrictions on fiction absurd. (What's that one rule? You know, the "if it exists, there is porn for it" one...Well, it can kind of be applied here in "if it exists, there is fanfiction for it".) The only reason I even made this poll (well, these polls) is because there are people on SIYE that agree. And I don't think it necessarily comes from being a H/G shipper. Because I'm a die-hard H/G-er and I don't agree, and there are others on the site that don't agree as well.

So, a poll:
Behind a cut because it's lengthy )
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Jan. 15th, 2008

Multi-Fandom Fanfiction Poll, cont'd

The Other Multi-Fandom Fanfiction Poll

ETA: For the the question directly below this sentence, if there isn't anything you find irrelevant--and I do mean irrelevant, as in "it doesn't matter at all"--skip it.

Poll #872 How to Choose a Fic, cont'd
Open to: All, results viewable to: All

Check all the things you feel are irrelevant when choosing a fic.

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Genre
26 (36.1%)

Pairing
22 (30.6%)

Character
17 (23.6%)

Author
37 (51.4%)

Kink
18 (25.0%)

Word Count
31 (43.1%)

Rating
35 (48.6%)

Status (completed or WIP)
30 (41.7%)

Grammar/Spelling
20 (27.8%)

Het, Slash, Femmeslash, or Gen?

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Het
56 (65.1%)

Slash
76 (88.4%)

Femmeslash
36 (41.9%)

Gen
58 (67.4%)

Which type(s) of genre(s) do you prefer to read?

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Action/Adventure
54 (62.8%)

Romance
66 (76.7%)

Drama
63 (73.3%)

Hurt/Comfort
57 (66.3%)

Friendship
50 (58.1%)

Mystery/Suspense
42 (48.8%)

Tragedy
16 (18.6%)

PWP (Plot What Plot?)
55 (64.0%)

Fluff
41 (47.7%)

AU (Alternate Universe)
45 (52.3%)

Family
23 (26.7%)

Angst
60 (69.8%)

Humor
57 (66.3%)

Parody
28 (32.6%)

Gen
36 (41.9%)

Will you read a WIP (work in progress)?

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Yes
21 (24.1%)

Maybe. It depends on other factors (author, characters, pairings, word count, rating, kinks, etc.).
38 (43.7%)

Maybe, if it's written well enough.
13 (14.9%)

No
15 (17.2%)

Do you have any favorite fanfic cliches? If so, name them.

Are there any fanfic cliches you refuse to read? If so, name them.

How do you feel about grammar/spelling?

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If it isn't perfect, I won't read it.
13 (15.1%)

It's important, but if the fic is good enough, poor grammar/spelling can be over looked.
68 (79.1%)

As long as major character names, places, etc. aren't misspelled, I'm happy.
4 (4.7%)

It doesn't really matter to me.
1 (1.2%)

Canon or Fanon?

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Canon!
5 (5.9%)

It depends on the fandom, but mostly canon.
27 (31.8%)

It depends on the fandom, but mostly fanon.
7 (8.2%)

Fanon!
0 (0.0%)

Canon and Fanon
46 (54.1%)

Anything else?

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Jan. 14th, 2008

Choosing a Fic

I was just thinking about what makes me choose a fic. I know that I look at things like characters, pairings, word count, and ratings. But I started wondering how others choose fic. So, a poll...

ETA: For clarification, K = thousand. So, 10 K = 10,000. Please consider this when answering the word count question.

Poll #859 How to Choose a Fic
Open to: All, results viewable to: All

What do you take into account when choosing a fic to read?

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Author
102 (66.7%)

Characters
130 (85.0%)

Word Count
72 (47.1%)

Rating
78 (51.0%)

Pairing(s)
135 (88.2%)

Kinks
82 (53.6%)

Something Else
45 (29.4%)

Would you read something by an author that isn't a Big Name Fan?

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Yes.
118 (78.7%)

Maybe. It depends on other factors (characters, word count, rating, pairings, kinks, etc.).
32 (21.3%)

Maybe. If I've seen a BNF reccomend a fic.
0 (0.0%)

No.
0 (0.0%)

Would you read something that features a character you're not fond of in a positive light?

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Yes.
40 (26.1%)

Sure, as long as it doesn't villianize any of my favorite characters.
31 (20.3%)

Maybe. It depends on other factors (author, word count, rating, pairings, kinks, etc.).
67 (43.8%)

Maybe. If I've had someone I know who does like that character reccomend it to me.
9 (5.9%)

No.
6 (3.9%)

What sort of word count do you prefer?

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Really high, approx. 10+ K per chapter.
22 (17.1%)

High, approx. 8-10 K per chapter.
13 (10.1%)

High medium, approx 6-8 K per chapter.
28 (21.7%)

Medium, approx 4-6 K per chapter.
39 (30.2%)

Low medium, approx 2-3 K per chapter.
17 (13.2%)

Low, approx 1-2 K per chapter.
8 (6.2%)

Realy low, less than 1 K per chapter.
2 (1.6%)

Which rating(s) do you prefer to read?

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G
59 (40.4%)

PG
65 (44.5%)

PG-13
90 (61.6%)

R
118 (80.8%)

NC-17
125 (85.6%)

Would you read a fic with a pairing you don't like?

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Yes.
17 (11.1%)

Maybe. It depends on other factors (author, characters, word count, rating, kinks, etc.).
67 (43.8%)

Maybe. If I've had someone I know who does like that pairing reccomend it to me.
21 (13.7%)

Maybe. If that pairing was a side pairing to one I really like.
33 (21.6%)

No.
13 (8.5%)

I don't care about pairing. I mostly like gen fics.
2 (1.3%)

Would you read something with kinks that make you feel squeamish?

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Yes.
21 (13.9%)

Maybe. It depends on other factors (author, characters, word count, rating, pairing(s), etc.).
79 (52.3%)

Maybe. If I've had someone I know who does like that kink reccomend it to me.
18 (11.9%)

No.
28 (18.5%)

No. I don't read kinky fics.
5 (3.3%)

Is there anything else you consider when choosing a fic to read?



ETA: I realized I left a lot of relevant things out of the first poll, so, a second poll:

How to Choose a Fic, cont'd
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