Readers who take a chance are the backbone of fanfiction!
By - AliceFlex
I feel like it's less taking a chance and more desperation for new content of my favorite things lol
You know you've reached the bottom of the barrel when you're checking the tags as they're updated every day and know the stories as they're put out lol
(not that the bottom of the barrel is bad, but I have WIP-induced trauma...)
also... i like your flair.
It always tickles me a little when someone bookmarks or kudos my fic and they aren't an active reader in my fandom. I always want to ask them how they found my little rarepair fic.
Well I usually end up reading stories about fandoms I have never seen (I do like there stories though) just because I was looking at what the authors fav and read
I tend to mostly read inside my fandom. I know that there are lots of people like you that read fandom blind but it is still super satisfying knowing someone is enjoying the story despite no familiarity.
Well a lot of those stories I read actually introduced me or got me reintroduced to a fandom. Kudos to all those authors who made me get interested despite me having no knowledge prior to reading
Idk, even before I started writing myself I always sorted by "Date updated" in my favorite character tag. And when I had time I'd work myself through those 450 pages of 30 fics a page up from behind. That way I found the older gems but also got to read the first chapters of new ones!
I do that too. I love going through a bunch of pages every now and then and see if there's something for me.
This is an exaggeration, but I think I've read almost all the fics in one of my fandoms which don't have ships I don't like.... and some which do. I've read fics which were abandoned before I was born and commented on how good they were on FFN. For some people, it's less of 'taking a chance' and more of 'I want to read more fics, and that includes almost all the fics.'
Before I started on this subreddit I exclusively read Tolkien fanfic. But just having a look at my bookmarks as of today and 56 out of the 98 are for other fandoms.
And most of my subscriptions (can't easily work that out) are for other fandoms too.
That's all due to picking up fic from threads on this subreddit.
Due to the number of recs I've picked up from here I'm going to need to be an immortal Elf to read them all.
Same, I’ve branched out of my little burrow and now reading for some shows I’ve never even seen, like Brooklyn99.
I've never heard of that one either! Somedays I feel like every comment I leave is 'Totally fandom blind but...'
So I'm pretty useless for any writer wondering if they've kept canon characters in character. A lot of the time I have no idea who's an OC and who's not. But that's a sign of good writing I reckon.
I love a good OC that I can’t tell if they’re canon or not. It’s a delight.
I used to read fics only based on recs, but now I randomly search for them based on last updated from ao3 because I've read all of the good ones it seems like.
One of my chronically unfinished favorite stories is "Mirror of Maybe" in the HP fandom, it is so good, I sometimes look it up again to read/see if there is a new chapter. So far no, I think I commented that I loved the fic and would love to read more, but maybe they fell out of writing, dunno.
Just ask yourself to write more.
I'm not a writer, and definitely not THE writer of that work, but I love it nonetheless.
Okay. Maybe try and brainstorm with the writer. If you have any ideas how the fic could go on.
I would but the author seemed to have it thought out and I wouldn't know where to start, besides, last I checked it's abandoned, like since dunno, but I just checked and it was imported to ao3 from "inkstained fingers", where I first found it on greyblue's website.
So it was first on the creators website, saved on "inkstained fingers", and when that was starting to close, it's now on ao3. So definitely abandoned, but good as all get out.
You make me wondering
What is the fanfiction ettiquette of picking up abandonned work ?
I'm not aware of anyone ever doing it so I feel like it's a taboo.
But, at the same time, our hobby also involves writing and reading fanfictions from shows who had been cancelled, series that were left unfinished etc.
I think asking the author permission is an unspoken rule for abandoned works or unfinished works. After all having the original authors consent would be considerate of said author. After you wouldn't want someone to take your work without permission.
Actually, I wouldn't mind, as long as they credit it and say "well Marawal had abandonned this fic X years ago, and so I decided to continue it".
But I'm well aware that I'm pretty laid-back and chill in how I approach fanfictions as a whole, and my own work.
I enjoy taking chances on WIPs - it's exciting getting update emails, like a little gift! Also I'm prone to being a binger, so it slows me down, allows me to comment/mull over a fic/speculate cover what's going to happen.
Also very grateful to all the readers that take a chance on my WIP.
I'm just a reader, (I dont write) but I don't see it as taking a chance. I've found a lot of really good fics filtering by date updated, and I wouldn't want to miss out on those.
I guess I just meant someone who clicks on a story that has zero kudos, or maybe two or three, instead of reading only thousand kudos, completed stories.
The biggest compliments I have gotten are definitely along the lines of "I never read slash/this pairing but your story intrigued me so I gave it a shot." It makes me want to keel over in joy because so many people are so gung ho about what ships they read.
I’ve decided to go thru the entire hp section on ao3 and I’ve found such amazingly written drabbles that were old and under tagged. It’s an untapped source of fics sometimes
i like to just go into a ship tag (i have like 3 that i frequent, and maybe 3 more i read irregularly for a change of pace) and sort by new. people sorting by kudos doesn’t really make sense to me... some of the most kudo’d fics on ao3 aren’t actually very good, that’s how it is. i think it’s FAR more worth searching for a good fic Regardless of kudos than searching based on them.
taking a chance can be a lot of fun!! I once found a 53 chapter, 200k+ words fic and though it was in my fandom, it wasn’t a pairing or trope I typically read (I mostly read canon compliant, this was an AU) but I took a shot bc the plot seemed sorta interesting. Long story short, it was INCREDIBLE and I completely lost myself in it. Thankfully the author is still updating and seems committed to finishing but now I have to wait alongside everyone else
Yup, you've got to take chances in life. They don't always pan out, but that's the risk you take. Glad you're getting some unknown reader love -- congrats!
Meanwhile, I feel like no one is desperate enough to read my weird Star Wars communism power fantasy fic. Almost no attention in either AoC or FFN, which is a shame because it's a very unique plotline.