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Over the next few weeks I’ll be crossposting pieces of the Fandom Then/Now webproject here. Please consider commenting below or posting on the site to share your thoughts and ideas. This week I’ll be focusing on romance and fan fiction.


In 2008, most of the fan fiction read by survey participants was romantic (77%). However, this interest in romantic stories did not seem to cross over into commercial/print romances. Only 31% of the survey participants said that they also read romance novels. When asked what they tended to read more (fan fiction or commercial romance novels), survey participants also overwhelmingly identified themselves as readers of fan fiction more than readers of romance novels (86%).
Let’s talk about fan fiction and romance a little more. Do you think of the fan fiction you read as romantic? Why or why not? In addition to your fic reading, do you also read commercial romance novels? Why or why not?

Read the full write up on fan fiction and romance 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: 2014-08-18 10:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jae
I don't think I've ever read a romance novel that was marketed as such, just novels marketed as general fiction that have a relationship between two characters as part of the story, though. I generally don't care for stories that are about idealized or trope-ified relationships.

How did you define "romantic" in your survey, though? I'd say about half of the fanfiction I read is about relationships and about half is about other things (with some overlap in longer stories that are about more than one thing), but none of it is "romance" in the sense that it would be marketed as romance novels if it were mainstream fiction.

-J

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