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Over the next few weeks I'll be crossposting pieces of the Fandom Then/Now webproject here. I'll be moving in order through the site, starting with information about the project and ending with some of my ongoing questions. I'll link back to the site in each post. Please consider commenting here using the #fandomthennow tag or on& the site to share your thoughts and ideas. This week we're onto popular fandoms and stories. (This is a fun one. Check out these numbers!)
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Many of the favorite fandoms, stories, and authors from the survey will be of no surprise to those active in fan communities in 2008. Harry Potter, Stargate (SG1 and SGA), and Supernatural appear right at the top of the list. Take a look at the numbers, however. The Harry Potter fandom had about triple and Stargate double the amount of recommendations that other fandoms had. Clearly, these were two areas of very heavy reading activity during this time. Beyond the top six fandoms (Harry Potter, Stargate, Supernatural, Doctor Who, the Joss Whedon Buffy and Angel fandoms, and J.R.R. Tolkien fandoms) the reading numbers start to level off dramatically.

Generally, while dozens of fandoms are represented in these survey results, a heavy amount of reading consolidated around certain authors and works of fan fiction. There were several overwhelmingly popular stories and authors, many of stories written by authors who are prolific writers, often producing work in more than one fandom.

Do any of these numbers or fandoms from 2008 surprise you? If so, why? Do you notice anything else that's interesting here? Is there anything else you think I should consider?


Read the full write up on popular fandoms and stories here. Share what you think about this on the Fandom Then/Now website or respond here in the comments section below.

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Date: 2014-08-03 02:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jae
I've never been involved in a big fandom (the closest I came is West Wing, back in the day), so this is an aspect of fandom that I've simply never had any contact with. I'm aware of the big fandoms, and sometimes find myself envious of the people who do get that experience, though never envious enough to check out the kinds of shows/movies/comics that draw in the largest percentage of fans (I'm more into realistic drama than speculative fiction).

-J

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