50 Questions for Fic Readers

From braveten, via deadlybride/zmediaoutlet (with slight alteration):

  1. List a few of your favorite AUs.

  2. What type of AUs are your favorites? Give a general description.

  3. What makes you give up on reading a fic?

  4. What makes you pick up a fic, what makes it sound interesting?

  5. Name a fic that made you cry (or that made you come close).

  6. Name a fic that made you laugh a lot.

  7. Do you have a fic recommendation page or master list?

  8. How many fics do you think you’ve read before?

  9. What’s the weirdest fic you’ve ever read? Describe it.

  10. Do you read crack!fic?

  11. Name a few of your favorite crack!fics.

  12. Has fluff ever made you cry? What about angst?

  13. What’s the longest fic you’ve ever read?

  14. Name a type of fic you’ll never ever read.

  15. Name a type of fic that you wish there was more of.

  16. Who are your favorite fanfiction author(s)?

  17. When you find an author you like, do you follow them?

  18. How often do you read fanfiction?

  19. Do people know that you read fanfiction?

  20. Do you leave reviews after reading fics? If so, what do they sound like?

  21. When you read a good fic, do you go to the author’s page?

  22. Name a common type of fic that you cannot stand.

  23. Name all the Work in Progress fics that you are currently reading.

  24. Has a fic ever left you unable to fall asleep or think about anything else?

  25. Are you good about keeping up when reading Work in Progresses?

  26. Name some of your favorite fic recommendations pages.

  27. Name a fanfiction author that you’re scared to talk to because they’re so amazing.

  28. Have you ever written fanfiction or considered it?

  29. Name a fic that has a perfect ending.

  30. Name a fic that you wish was longer.

  31. Do you mainly read TV shows, movies, or books?

  32. Do you read fanfiction about Anime?

  33. If you could imagine the perfect fic, what would it be like?

  34. If you had to introduce someone to fanfiction with a few fics, which would you suggest?

  35. Have you ever read a fic containing character death?

  36. Do you have an AO3/ page? Link it.

  37. What sites do you typically use to read on?

  38. What fandom(s) do you read?

  39. If you could request more of a certain type of fic, which would it be?

  40. what is your favorite all-time fic?

  41. Do you ever re-read fics? How about triple-read?

  42. Do you prefer angst or fluff?

  43. Do you prefer long fics or short fics?

  44. Name some incomplete fics that you wish were completed.

  45. Talk about the ships that you read.

  46. Do you read AUs?


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4 and 14! And lol, I love that the first questions in this meme are all about AUs but it's not until the very last one where it's like "Wait, do you read AUs?" XD
I know! So funny. :D

4. What makes you pick up a fic, what makes it sound interesting?

And straight to the difficult questions! Hm. I don't really know, to be honest. At this point, most of my reading is strictly known and loved writers and fics recced specifically to me by friends who know my tastes. But--premise is important. I like stories that explore the spaces left by canon, or who use a "what if" to seriously explore the characters and world they inhabit. Also, the summary needs to display some level of skill from the author--anything that smacks of "please read because I need kudos!" is an instant no-go.

Actually, it's easier to compile a list of negative factors: an obvious focus on pairings rather than story; visible lack of care/awareness of the canon to which they're supposedly writing a response; poor writing skills in general; generic cookie-cutter trope fic; certain pairings; _too many tags_, geeze, do I even need to bother reading the story. There's more, I'm certain, but that's what comes to mind at the moment. (14 to come after breakfast)
Yessss. <3 That's such a great description of the kind of fic that I like to read, too!
14. Name a type of fic you’ll never ever read.

Anything lacking paragraph breaks.

I'd say I was joking, but I'm really not: that's an absolute line I will not cross.

Talking about content, though, hm. Fics that are focused entirely on cruelty, I guess. I can slog through a lot if I know the characters will end up somewhere good at the end of it, but I have absolutely no interest in "everything's just horrible forever". Even most hurt-comfort fics don't work for me, because I prefer stories where the characters are active and fully themselves, not suffering under some kind of handicap. (Oh, there you go--I don't read "permanent disability" fics either.) There are also a whole lot (a lot) of tropes that I don't have any interest in, but I've read individual instances of because a friend said "I know you don't like X, but this author explores the idea in ways I think you might appreciate".

OH--"fix it" fics of the type where the author's actually just dumping on a character they feel in-canon has wronged their favorite. Or therapy fics. Just--ugh. I've tried reading a few, and only a single one sort of worked, and that's because the writer explored the question of "if this character as they are on the show went to a therapist, how would it actually work?" and then had it not affect the course of canon at all, which was a nice touch.

Also, 99% of anything written in the first person. Just--no. So distracting.
H/C and I have such a complicated relationship. Like, I loooooooove it, love it love it love it, but I also hate it? Because I don't to disrespect them by not letting them be active and fully themselves. FANDOM SO COMPLICATED.

Gooood, fix-it fics. If anything self-advertises as one (either for their fave or for whatever canon has done wrong) I won't click on it, either. XP Or if it becomes wildly self-evident in the first few paragraphs.
"Fandom is so complicated" may very well be the understatement of the year :P

When I started out in fandom I was kind of enamored of the fix-it fic as a genre, but the shine has utterly worn off by this point. Usually it's just unpleasantly partisan, it seems.
30. Name a fic that you wish was longer.

I feel like I've answered this before in another meme, but let's see if I can come up with a different answer this time. Hm. Barring incomplete works... Okay, here's an answer completely out of left field, although it's still slightly a cheat: esama's Lost Reflections - Obi-Wan didn't become Qui-Gon Jinn's apprentice, and Ben didn't exile himself to Tatooine. On Bandomeer the two meet.

The reason I say it's a cheat is because it's marked 6/? on AO3, and the writer has admitted they want to write more but don't know when/if they will. However, because it doesn't have a clearly delineated plot and stops with what could've been an ending if the author had just added another couple of paragraphs, I'm going to stick with it as my answer.

As to why I wish it was longer...? Hm. I'm really tempted to just say "ambiance" and leave it at that, but I'll tease that out a little: it's pleasant to read a story that's about farming, for a change, and taking what seemed an unfair outcome and turning it into something you can take joy in. I like the character of Obi-Wan and too often he's either completely overshadowed or turned into this messiah figure, and this fic does neither. There's plenty more to the premise that could be explored, as well--philosophical questions, logistical concerns, hinted-at political turmoil, a potential to completely rewrite the direction of the entire galaxy....

All because one character became a farmer. That's pretty rad.
33. If you could imagine the perfect fic, what would it be like?

Oh lord, I think we have some hilarity right here.

Uh. It depends on the fandom, I guess, because each one has something different about it that interests me. But since the fandom we predominantly share is SPN...

Hm. Okay, platonic ideal, here. 15,000-30,000 words, with a case element to it, because I like watching Sam and Dean do their job. Set during later s2 or s11-12, when there's nothing sitting between them emotionally and they're working as a solid team. Brotherly banter, guys being guys. A monster that they probably couldn't manage to do properly on the show, for budgetary/special effect reasons. As on the show, the case echoing/mirroring something the guys are currently dealing with in their personal lives (which means it's probably tied into a particular point in canon). Both guys getting moments to shine. Some nice solid side-characters to round things out a bit, and a few glimpses of the Winchesters' domestic lives. Grocery shopping or laundry as a special bonus.
34. If you had to introduce someone to fanfiction with a few fics, which would you suggest?

Ha! I actually already answered this here. There are probably a few individual fics by other people that I'd throw in if I was compiling an actual list to give to someone, but gekizetsu/eighth_horizon's is an easy way to introduce someone new to the idea of "more beyond the show". From there, it would depend on how much of the show they'd seen, and what aspects of it interested them the most.
40. What is your favorite all-time fic?

:throws things at Z:


Agh. Taking this to mean "If computers and the internet died and you only had the time/resources to print off one individual fic before it happened"--I still don't know. At the moment? to make the sun stand still maybe, though in that case it suddenly becomes the #1 candidate for question 30. The most complete version of A Boy, a Girl, and a Dog: the Leithian Script would also be pretty tempting, just because it's huge and fascinating and I could then occupy myself with writing up different versions of the ending.

Good golly is this an unfair question. Because if "fic" could be stretched to cover "series", that's an entirely different answer. Other things that change the answer: what time of year it is. What's most recently been written by my favorite author. The current fandom I'm hanging out it. Etc.

Okay. Peace out. I'm done. :P

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29. Name a fic that has a perfect ending.

Good grief, I really set myself up for some tough questions.

....I dunno. Maybe The Good Teacher, from Highlander? It's the last story in a long cycle exploring the friendship of Duncan and Methos, and it really kind of brings various running themes to completion, ending with them walking away from everything together, going off into the world with nothing but their wits and the clothes on their backs, nearly giddy with the freedom and potential of it. There's a great sense of life and joy and satisfaction that comes every time I read it.
it's ridiculous. I'm now tempted to go read the SPN one, knowing that I hate unfinished fics. LOL!
Well, it's a 4-part series, waiting on the fourth fic. But each of the three so far are complete and enjoyable in themselves, promise.
Ah that's not so bad then! I have started on the first one....
One of my fave unfinished stories is kroki_refur's Magnafluxing - it's an SPN take on Quantum Leap and is so much fun, but doesn't have an ending. And since the author's long since moved to other fandoms, there's no much hope it ever will...
Yeah, db is still very active in SPN, and I have heard directly from her that she intends to write that last fic (titled "The Wanton Song")--it's just being uncooperative and she has other things in her to-write list that are getting the attention at the moment.
3. What makes you give up on reading a fic?

Lack of paragraph breaks. :P

Seriously, though--general incompetence on the part of the writer; significantly OOC characters, unless it's an AU specifically exploring how the characters were shaped by circumstances; excessive 'grimdark'; a longer fic that clearly doesn't know where it's going or how to get there; fic in which fanon is treated like canon (drives me nuts).

There's a lot of overlap with my answers to #14
LOL! That irritates the CRAP out of me, but then I think I go too far in the opposite direction and end up splitting shit I don't need to, but it's just the way my brain rolls ;)

Fanon as canon, yes, although there's a fine line between using fanon in a fic and knowing it's fanon, and promoting it as canon. Head canon can sometimes flick over that line too.

Thanks for answering hun :)
It was a fun exercise! I don't often just sit down and think about these things, but it's probably not a bad thing to do from time to time. Sort of take inventory, you know?
No, agreed, every so often it's good to think it through, see how you feel about certain things. It;s amazing how memes can help you do that.
24. Has a fic ever left you unable to fall asleep or think about anything else?

Yes--a couple years ago, the fic that got me back into SPN was Down to Agincourt by @seperis. The first two parts of that series completely ate my brain for probably close to six months. And then I tumbled madly back in love with the show itself, and DtA kind of fell by the wayside in the process, but it was pretty heady while it lasted.

Edited at 2017-07-08 09:23 pm (UTC)