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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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