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25 October 2005 @ 10:38 pm
 
Why are there people playing bongo drums right outside my window? Why? I have a biochem tute at nine tomorrow. Some people just don't CARE.

Although the Big Question as it pertains to life is, how do some fanfics get so popular? What is it about them that makes 33,000 people go "Oooh, I think I'll have me some of that"?

I wanter know.

P.S. I know I seem to have a lot, but more is always good ... anyone up for H/D beta'ing? May be I'll shower you with sweet, sweet lovin' bongos if you say yes. Enticing, non?
 
 
Current Mood: crankycranky
Current Music: BONGOS
 
 
 
starts with kanyotherknight on October 25th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
how do some fanfics get so popular?
I used to think it was decent characterization, a refreshing plot, along with a grasp of literary concepts and some wit thrown into the mix.

WRONG.

Easy smut and mpreg. Oh, and anatomical inaccuracies such as this, lots of it.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 31st, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
Easy smut is right. However, I don't think any of the H/D classics feature mpreg ... do they? I haven't really been keeping up with Surrender the Grey. Like, at all.
starts with kanyotherknight on October 31st, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
StG has a different, for the most part older and more well-known fan-base in comparison to the stories that have the really large followings.

The stories with the largest followings right now (anything by Jennavere, Wind Rider, Children From the Future, What Family Means, etc.) typically don't have, or at least didn't start out with beta-readers. They involve some strange love-hate that either isn't resolved to allow for angst, or resolves quickly and runs into humourours fluff, and more often than not a magical creature/external force governing the character's actions. There's also usually either extreme homophobia from an unexpected source or none at all and it's a happy-go-lucky world.

The way I see it, the further you extract a story from anything related to Real Life, the greater allowance for suspension of disbelief. Seems to be what the younger fangirls like.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on November 2nd, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
I actually get that. I mean, geoviki and amanuensis and whatnot follow it, don't they? Whereas everyone else just has tonnes of semi-illiterate fangurls.

Yeah. Man. Jennavere has such a large following. The saddest thing is, if she got beta-readers, her stuff would actually be good. It's got that core of 'something' that makes it moreish. Just the characterisation is shot ...

Wahey, I'm a-writing about gay unicorns next time ...
starts with kanyotherknight on November 2nd, 2005 07:10 am (UTC)
Gay unicorns in leather trousers?
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on November 2nd, 2005 10:46 am (UTC)
No, in PANTS.
starts with kanyotherknight on November 2nd, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
wouldn't leather pants chafe?
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on November 3rd, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
I'm trying to be all American, yo. *sings the ... national anthem thing*
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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 31st, 2005 11:22 am (UTC)
That is very true. Plus I'm three floors up and it's windy here, so it would probably come back in my own face.

Yes, but why do some get this instant interest aroused in them? There are equally good fics that just get ignored. (Read: mine.) Oh, well.

The reason I didn't send it to you is 'coz I know that. Am guilty! Still, no one loves me, so that particular fic will never see the beta'ed light of day, it seems. xD
Caitcoralia13 on October 25th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
People are idiots. Loud idiots. The girls above me seem to have impromptu, daily relay races back and forth across their room. And the guys next door have the great-grandaddy of all sub-woofers.

I would also like to know the secret to that phenomenon. For purely selfish reasons, of course.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 31st, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
I am intrigued! For what is a sub-woofer?

Ha, did you think mine were in some way honourable? I'd like to smote the BNFs. Smote, I say! And then be one. xD
Caitcoralia13 on November 3rd, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
It is something that makes a bass really, really loud and penetrate walls of concrete. Every dorm-dweller's dread.

That's how we roll!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on November 4th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
I KNOW THOSE. Yes, and one day I shall KILL those who perpetrate it ...

Indeedy. *ebil grin*
Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on October 26th, 2005 09:37 am (UTC)
One word, m'dear.

COCK!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 31st, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
I don't think these guys have any. Otherwise, I'd cut them off and feed them to the goats.
bat crime: no flawsiceetoile on October 27th, 2005 06:23 am (UTC)
in fact, life would be a lot easier if all the really big fanfic writers chopped all their famousness into tiny bits and scattered them around the fandom. I don't know, maybe fanfics get popular by endorsement? Maybe you just don't plug your fic enough?

bongos. The most pointless excuses for drums available.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 31st, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
I probably don't, pimp that is. I don't like it. But even if I did, how many people would it reach? Not very many. Oh, sigh.

True, true.