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Yesterday I got into a lively discussion with another tumblr user on the proper interpretation of one of Bucky's lines in Captain America: The First Avenger.

The line in question goes like this:

Hell, no. That little guy from Brooklyn who was too dumb not to run away from a fight, I’m following him.

The original poster thought this line was illogical, while I thought it made perfect sense.

This engendered a lot of back and forth debate!

If anyone's interested in reading it, the resulting tumblr thread is here, and my follow-up post with more technical linguistic-y discussion is here.

Where my linguists at? [ profile] khalulu ... [ profile] shiftylinguini ... [ profile] pauraque ... I'm sure I'm missing some :)
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As I was looking over the anonymous masterlist for this year's [ profile] hd_erised fest, I was struck by how many veterans of the HD fandom were still creating fanworks for the fest, even as many newcomers are joining for the first time. I think this speaks to how popular HD fandom has been and still remains!

So everyone can see what I mean, I've organized this year's participants into a table sorted by the year they first published an HD fic or artwork, so far as I know*

[ profile] marysiakfic: The Marks We Bear (also on AO3)
[ profile] red_rahlart: His Guiding Light
[ profile] alisannefic: Up Against The Wall
[ profile] sugareeyfic: Hot and Heavy
[ profile] zeitgeisticfic: A Malfoy is Always Welcome
[ profile] femmequixoticfic: Gone Down The Angel On A Lonely Night for [ profile] hd_holidays
[ profile] isinuyashaart: untitled
[ profile] sdkshellyfic: Good Day To Be Alive for [ profile] hpvamp
[ profile] blamebramptonfic: An Act of Simple Devotion for [ profile] hd_holidays
[ profile] oceaxefic: What Best Friends Do
[ profile] oldenuf2nbfic: Anything for Charity
[ profile] sassy_cissafic: Three Little Words for [ profile] hds_beltane
[ profile] sesheta_66fic: Still Got It for [ profile] slashfest
[ profile] who_la_hoopfic: 101 Ways to Heal Your Wizarding Woes for [ profile] hd_holidays
[ profile] cassie_black12fic: The Wedding Planner
[ profile] harrysdeart: Fanart for Boys Don't Cry
[ profile] alafayefic: How A Catboy and a Hero Fell In Love
[ profile] firethesoundfic: A Tune for Every Occasion
[ profile] noeonfic: Voices From the Fog for [ profile] hp_summersmut
[ profile] xerisedfic: Fade
[ profile] anokabaart: Banner Art for [ profile] do_me_veela
[ profile] khalulufic: Seeing Draco Malfoy for [ profile] hd_smoochfest
[ profile] writcraftfic: Cruppy Love for [ profile] hd_fluff
[ profile] birdsofshorefic: Hairway to Heaven for [ profile] hd_fan_fair
[ profile] cylsusart: On a Winter's Eve for [ profile] hd_holidays
[ profile] fantasyfiend09fic: Chasing Dreams for [ profile] dracotops_harry
[ profile] lq_traintracksfic: Collision
[ profile] nerak_roseart: The Sound of a Little Hope for [ profile] hp_harlequin
[ profile] disapparaterfic: Found A Way
[ profile] dustmouthart: Sticky Fingers for [ profile] hd_smoochfest
[ profile] keeper_of_starsfic: We All Fall Apart for [ profile] hd_erised
[ profile] leontinabowiefic: Sing, for the Sea Belongs to Me for [ profile] dracotops_harry
[ profile] lyonessheartfic: Musings of a distracted mind
[ profile] nobunakiraart: Harry-Draco-Harry Again for [ profile] hd_smoochfest
[ profile] persephoneapplefic: New Year's Resolutions
[ profile] themightyflynnfic: Sanare
[ profile] 8cart: Book Buddies
[ profile] agentmoppetfic: Protection
[ profile] anemonenart: Just friends
[ profile] blithelybonnyfic: Mister Potter for [ profile] hpsolemnlysworn
[ profile] dicta_contrionfic: If Memory Serves for [ profile] hd_hurtfest
[ profile] huldrejentafic: Stories in E Minor for [ profile] hd_fan_fair
[ profile] lauren3210fic: Life is a Twice Written Scroll for [ profile] hd_smoochfest
[ profile] limedumplrart: untitled
[ profile] _melodic_fic: One Year of Winter for [ profile] hd_owlpost
[ profile] carpemermaidfic: It's all in the Technique
[ profile] fulseldenfic: Veela Romance and the Literary Marketplace for [ profile] do_me_veela
[ profile] mybutterflowerart: Drarry Kiss
[ profile] shiftylinguiniart: Hipster!Undercut!Man-bun!Draco
[ profile] apriicatart: Draco
[ profile] breath_of_minefic: Something stupid like I love you
[ profile] glittering_gitfic: Where You Lead for [ profile] hd_tropes
[ profile] kaioseafic: ??? for [ profile] hd_erised
[ profile] kittyaugustfic: Familia Est... for [ profile] hd_familyfest
[ profile] ravenclawsquillfic: Impervius for [ profile] hp_drizzle
[ profile] sugar_screwart: A Fine Predicament
[ profile] thistle_versefic: Late Bloomers for [ profile] dracotops_harry

*I tried really hard to get accurate data by stalking everyone's LJ and AO3 accounts, but I'm just one person and might have missed something, especially if your LJ is flocked or your early works were on a deleted archive somewhere. So if there are mistakes, just let me know and I'll fix them :)
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I'm so excited to prompt for [ profile] serpentinelion's Glompfest this year! However, as I was filling out the prompting form, I realized that I was in the process of writing a freaking dissertation on my preferences, which was way too much for submitting to a fest.

So I decided I should finally make a post detailing all my likes and dislikes in fanfic, just in case someone decided to pick my prompt (I would be so honored!). This came out so much longer than I meant it to; I am much more opinionated than I thought!

If you are so generous as to write for me and have any questions that this ridiculously long post doesn't answer, ask [ profile] capitu or [ profile] dicta_contrion. They know what I like pretty well :)

Favorite Pairing: Draco/Harry of course!

    8th year is my favorite, though I also like post-war if it's not all that long after the war or even Hogwarts era AUs. Basically the boys in their twenties or younger. Please no epilogue compliant fics :)

General preferences:
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Sex stuff:
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I love tropes! Pretty much all of them!
Tropes I love the most:
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Dislikes and Squicks:
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Whoosh. Wow, sorry to have gone on at such length! It was kinda fun though :) Who knew I had that much to say on the matter? I'd love to know what your opinions are or if you think I missed anything important!

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[ profile] slythindor100's Last Drabble Writer Standing competition is nearly over, and all this voting on drabbles has made me think Deep Thoughts (TM) about the ideal way to post such things to AO3 (because I think it's great when authors post their works to AO3, and I hope all the LDWS authors will do so after the competition ends!)

There seem to be three schools of thought when it comes to posting LDWS drabbles to AO3, and each has their merits and drawbacks:

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This is the sort of thing I spend way too much time thinking about!

Clearly the third option is the most popular one, and there are good reasons why that would be. However, I can see a strong argument for using the second format instead, as it will lead to far less clutter a more compact listing of fics in your list of works, especially considering that you might not consider drabbles to be of equal importance to novel-length fics.

But of course, it's up to each author to do what they think best. I'm curious if anyone else cares about these things, and what your preferred method would be!

(thanks to [ profile] capitu for brainstorming some of the pros and cons with me!)
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Anybody know what's happened to

It seems like every few months another classic fanfic archive is in danger of closing. I know that these archives have nostalgic value (and indeed, as someone who's very concerned about accurate dating and records, I prefer having the original places of publication still available online) but it really seems to me that it would be prudent to try to get the owners of these sites to allow transfer to AO3 through the Open Doors project. Short term solutions like funding drives are just that - short term, and I worry about the long term availability of these fics.

But I'm pretty new here, so what do I know?
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Because I'm curious about these things, I wondered which authors had been writing Drarry for the longest time. There have been literally thousands of Drarry fanfic authors over the years (not kidding: I've got over a thousand names in my database alone). So in order to find an answer to this question I decided to limit my results by these requirements:

  • The author should have published their first Drarry fic before Deathly Hallows came out on July 21, 2007
    I needed some cut-off date to start with, and this seemed as reasonable a way to limit the list as any

  • Authors should still be currently writing Drarry
    What this means for me is that an author will have published at least one new Drarry fic since May 1, 2014 (i.e. approximately in the last year)

  • Authors should have written at least five Drarry fics in this time period
    I included this restriction because there were a few authors in my database who happened to have written one early Drarry and another one more recently but who usually write for other fandoms or ships. It didn't feel as comparable to the other authors on this list who had been more dependably Drarry/HP focused.

So who did I come up with using these restrictions?

List of Drarry veterans )

My database is large but not infinite. Any omissions are unintentional - if you know of an author who should be on this list who I didn't include, please let me know ASAP!

Keep in mind:
  • You might be wondering where [ profile] faithwood and [ profile] who_la_hoop are on this list. So far as I can tell, they published their first Drarry fics after DH came out. If I'm wrong about that, I would love to know it!

  • If an author has currently written a fic which is still anonymous for a fest, I can't know that, so I couldn't factor that in. I'm sorry if that means I left anyone off this list. Let me know after reveals, and I'll fix it.

  • Co-authorship sometimes messes up my search results (for *reasons*) so if an author co-authored early fics I might not have realized it and may have missed them in my search. Let me know and I'll add them in!

  • If an author's early fics aren't dated, then I can't know when they were published and so couldn't include them in my search. Please try to verify dates for me if you think I've missed someone. (Oh hey, another reason dates matter :)
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Once again it's time to find out Who tops more in hd-smoochfest fics, Draco or Harry?

This is the second set of HD-fest data we've looked at, the first being data from [ profile] hd_fan_fair, and the results of that study can be found here. (The impetus for that project came from my original "Who Tops More" post).

If you want to know more about how all of this data was collected and labeled, see the FAQ I wrote up for the hd-fan-fair project. All of it still holds true for the hd-smoochfest project as well.

The data from HD-fan-fair included 231 fics from 5 years of fests, while [ profile] hd_smoochfest includes 348 fics from 6 years of fests. So this was a bigger project providing much more data than before. Huge thanks once again to (in alpha order) [ profile] birdsofshore, [ profile] cagnurit, [ profile] frnklymrshnkly, [ profile] germankitty, [ profile] gracerene, [ profile] iwao, [ profile] khalulu, [ profile] laurelgreengras, [ profile] lordhellebore, and [ profile] nia_kantorka for being awesome and contributing to the spreadsheet. I'm constantly amazed at all we've been able to accomplish through crowd-sourcing! If I left out anyone who contributed, please let me know so I can thank you too!

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Once again, that's just about all I can do in terms of analysis - I don't do sociology or psychology, so please let me know what it all means to you in the comments :)

As before, I'm very interested in continuing this project with data from another fest. If people aren't bored yet and would be interested in contributing to a third crowd-sourcing project, please let me know! The next fest I'd like to tackle would be [ profile] hd_holidays/[ profile] hd_erised, but those are HUGE fests, and would be even more work. So if there's not enough interest to sustain it, better I know that now. Who's with me?

More in this series:
Crowd-sourcing Smoochfest Proposal - Spreadsheet link (f-locked)
Progress Report #1
Progress Report #2 - Ratings chart
Progress Report #3 - Nearly There!
Progress Report #4 - Final data double-check!
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In a recent tumblr post, [ profile] eidheann_writes mentioned that duplicate titles of fanfics are quite common, so when reccing a fic you really need to give the author's name and not just the title. (Actually, there are many reasons why you should always credit the author of a work when you rec it, but that's not the point of this post :)

She gave as examples her own fic Twelve Hours and [ profile] dysonrules's Twelve Months, both from last year's [ profile] hd_erised fest. And while these titles are certainly similar, I was intrigued enough by her observation that I wanted to see how many true duplicates I could find (because I'm crazy like that). Duplicate pairs are too numerous to list, so I decided stick with titles that came up at least three or more times in my database.

Common Drarry fanfic titles:

Home by [ profile] alovelycupoftea
Home by [ profile] shine_alive
Home by [ profile] sesheta_66
Home by starpleiades
Home by [ profile] bloodisshrp

The Ties That Bind by [ profile] phoenix_writing
The Ties That Bind by [ profile] killerangels13
The Ties That Bind by [ profile] alisanne
The Ties That Bind by [ profile] cathouse_mary
The Ties That Bind Us by [ profile] faithwood
The Ties That Bind Us by dracoxlovesxharry

The List by [ profile] lucilla_darkate
The List by [ profile] tari_sue
The List by [ profile] badcook
The List by [ profile] lamerezouille

Resistance by [ profile] silentauror
Resistance by [ profile] diagonfloo
Resistance by [ profile] all_not_well
Resistance by [ profile] lamerezouille (added 9 May 2015)

The Wand Chooses the Wizard by [ profile] treacle_tartlet
The Wand Chooses the Wizard by [ profile] ravenna_c_tan
The Wand Chooses the Wizard by [ profile] writcraft

And here are some that are just eerily similar:

Burn by EliraWinter
Burn by [ profile] hdwriter
Burn, Burn by [ profile] marguerite_26
Burn, Burn, Burn by [ profile] josephinestone

Hidden in Plain Sight by [ profile] momatu
Hiding in Plain Sight by [ profile] okydoky
Hiding In Plain Sight by [ profile] beren
Hiding in Plain Sight by [ profile] gestaltrose
Hiding in Plain View by [ profile] autumn_veela
In Plain Sight by [ profile] taradiane
In Plain Sight by [ profile] oldenuf2nb

I hope it's clear that I'm not making a criticism - these titles are all great, and I don't think the fics should have been called anything else. I'm merely supporting eidheann's point that giving the title alone is not enough to conclusively identify a fanfic.

Edit: [ profile] amorette just pointed out another one to me in the comments:

Best Laid Plans by [ profile] 6shotamericano
Best-Laid Plans by [ profile] leo_draconis
The Best Laid Plans by [ profile] winterstorrm
The Best Laid Plans by [ profile] cassie_black12
The Best Laid Plans of Lucius Malfoy by [ profile] erised_dreams
The Best Laid Plans of Scorpius Malfoy by [ profile] amorette
The Best Laid Plans of Hufflepuffs by [ profile] birdsofshore


Edit 2: found another set 4/26/2015:

Rumours by [ profile] silentauror
Rumours by [ profile] winterstorrm
Rumours by [ profile] gatewaygirl
Rumor Has It by [ profile] emmagrant01
Rumour Has It by [ profile] patientiapudor
Rumour Has It by [ profile] roelliej
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It's the time you've all been waiting for, where we learn Who tops more in hd-fan-fair fics, Draco or Harry?

The impetus for this project came from my original "Who Tops More" post, where I looked at nearly 1500 fics from my own personal database. That post generated a ton of feedback in the comments, which made me decide to run the numbers again, this time looking at just the fics written for the [ profile] hd_fan_fair fest, which has run since 2009, with a gap in 2011.

The results are at the bottom of this post. Before I get to them, I just want to explain FAQ-style how this project came about and how the data was collected and labeled.

Why use data from hd-fan-fair? What's so special about that fest?
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How did you compile the data?
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Are you trying to make some sort of statement about who should top or bottom?
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What about fics where there's no penetration, are you counting those?
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How do I tell whether you've counted a fic as top/bottom or switching?
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What does it all mean?
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Please do let me know what it all means to you in the comments :)
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This is the last update I'll make before posting the final results of the [ profile] hd_fan_fair "Who Tops More" project, which I'll probably be posting in just a few hours if I can.

For anyone who hasn't followed the "Who Tops More" project, here's how you can get caught up:
Crowd-sourcing Fan-fair Proposal - Spreadsheet link (f-locked)
Progress Report #1
Progress Report #2 - My f-list rocks!
Progress Report #3 - Take a Poll
Only the first post with the spreadsheet link is f-locked. If you want the link, just PM me.

1: Spreadsheet Complete!
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2: Poll Results!
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I'm going to go work up the results and make some charts and graphs now. I invite you to take a look at the completed spreadsheet (find the link in this post, or PM me) and let me know ASAP if you find any errors. Note that I also went through and adjusted a few of the entries in the top/bottom field to better reflect the poll results, so you might want to double-check those fics if you're interested.

Off to do some math now :)

Edit: final results have now been posted!
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A poll to see how best to label fics: top, bottom, or switching?

We are so close to having completed our [ profile] hd_fan_fair spreadsheet with all of the information on who tops in each fic! As of today, we are only missing information on 12 fics rated R or NC-17.

Thanks again to [ profile] cabinetcaligari, [ profile] cagnurit, [ profile] eidheann_writes, and [ profile] khalulu who have all added lots more information in just the last few days. If I missed anyone who contributed, please let me know!

(For anyone who hasn't followed the "Who Tops More" project, you can get caught up here, here, and here. Only the first post with the spreadsheet link is f-locked. If you want the link, just PM me.)

Once the last of the data is entered, I can run the numbers. However, there are several cases where the question of "who tops" could be debatable. I'll be honest: my personal opinion is that what matters for the top/bottom designation is only the sex that occurs on screen between Harry and Draco during the course of the story. However, this is a group project, and I want input from the group as to how to best make these decisions. Therefore, I am conducting a poll!

As I see it, there are 5 types of cases to consider. Each case listed below is followed by several examples from the hd-fan-fair fics to help illustrate the point.

Case 1 )

Case 2 )

Case 3 )

Case 4 )

Case 5 )

Thanks again to everyone who has helped on this project so far, and also to [ profile] eidheann_writes, who helped me with thinking about these poll questions.

And it seems awfully fitting that today is the first day of the [ profile] dracotops_harry fest, don't you think? :)

More in this series:
Crowd-sourcing Fan-fair Proposal - Spreadsheet link (f-locked)
Progress Report #1
Progress Report #2 - My f-list rocks!
Progress Report #3 - Take a Poll
Progress Report #4 - Poll Results and Spreadsheet Complete!
Who Tops More in HD-fan-fair: Final Results
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Update #2 for those interested in the status of the HD-fan-fair Crowd-Sourcing Data Project where we're hoping to find the answer to the burning question: Who tops more?

Click for background info )

In the previous progress report, I noted we were still lacking info on 66 fics rated R or NC-17 and only had inferential info for 20 more. In the four days since then, many more volunteers stepped up to fill in some of the gaps. Thanks to (in alpha order) [ profile] birdsofshore, [ profile] cagnurit, [ profile] dicta_contrion, [ profile] eidheann_writes, [ profile] gracerene, [ profile] iwao, [ profile] khalulu, and [ profile] vaysh, 36 more fics got complete info, leaving us with only 46 blanks and 4 partials. (I think [ profile] cabinetcaligari helped too, but may not have left their name on the spreadsheet. If I left anyone else out, please let me know so I can thank you!)

The power of crowd-sourcing is truly awesome!

Hopefully soon we will have all the data we need so I can run the topping/bottoming numbers. But with all the data we *do* have, I can give you a quickie analysis of what proportion of the [ profile] hd_fan_fair fest fics are rated NC-17, R, PG-13, or PG.

Year G/PG PG-13 R NC-17 Total
2009 05 (07%) 15 (21%) 18 (25%) 34 (47%) 72
2010 05 (10%) 13 (26%) 12 (24%) 20 (40%) 50
2012 02 (06%) 07 (18%) 07 (18%) 22 (58%) 38
2013 04 (12%) 12 (35%) 06 (18%) 12 (35%) 34
2014 01 (03%) 17 (46%) 05 (13%) 14 (38%) 37

I don't have anything pithy to say about these numbers; if anyone else does, leave a comment :) Just one caveat: though the number of fics posted to the fest dropped significantly after 2009, it is important to note that since 2010 the number of HD fests throughout the year has gone way up. So perhaps less fics are posted to each fest, but there are many more fests to post to!

Once again, I invite anyone interested to take a look at the spreadsheet (find the link in this post, or PM me) and enter data for any fics you may have read. There are just 46 fics that we lack top/bottom data on!

**If you add or change any data, it is helpful to leave a note in the "data entry by" column so I know who to thank and what has been added. You can also add a comment right in the same cell if there's data you disagree with. Just highlight anything you do so I can see it and make a note of it. Thanks again for all the help so far!

More in this series:
Crowd-sourcing Fan-fair Proposal - Spreadsheet link (f-locked)
Progress Report #1
Progress Report #2 - My f-list rocks!
Progress Report #3 - Take a Poll
Progress Report #4 - Poll Results and Spreadsheet Complete!
Who Tops More in HD-fan-fair: Final Results
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Yesterday I was having a discussion with [ profile] vaysh about who tops more in fanfic, Draco or Harry (link here). I was of the opinion that it seemed fairly balanced, but that was from my perspective of mostly reading recent fic. Vaysh has been reading Drarry fanfiction for much longer than me, however, and she disagreed:

"statistical evidence is very clear: There is in no way a 50:50 balance between top and bottom!Draco fanworks. For many people, bottom!Draco remains the default."

Aha, I thought, a statistical challenge! As it turns out, I have a database of Drarry fics which I can consult, so I am in position to offer an answer to this pressing question. There are nearly 1500 Drarry fics written between 2002 and 2015 for which I have information about who tops or bottoms, and according to this data, we're both right :)

  1. Who bottoms more across all fics in all years?
    Answer: Draco, clearly (point [ profile] vaysh)

  2. Has the proportion of bottom!Draco to bottom!Harry begun to balance out more in recent years?
    Answer: Yes, clearly (point [ profile] snowgall)

Before I get to the fancy chart and graphs, let me explain a bit where my data comes from and how reliable and/or biased it could be.

Click for explanation of the data )

Ok, enough caveats about the data, on to the chart! I hope it is self-explanatory, because I'm not going to waste more words explaining something you can see for yourself :) Just note that I'm including fics from 2015 too, even though we're only 3 months in.

Click for Table )


And now for some pretty pie charts:

Click for year-by-year pie charts )


As you can see, before 2010 bottom!Draco was much more common than bottom!Harry, but since then the proportion of bottom!Draco fics has gone down, to the point that of the works I've analyzed for 2014, there's a perfect balance between the two!

Is the influence of the [ profile] dracotops_harry fest part of the reason for this change? It's possible. The DTH fest began in 2011, and my data seems to date the gradual shift to 2010.

It's also true that some of the disparity could be traced to a few big-name authors who tend(ed) to prefer one dynamic over another. Here's just a few examples I know of authors who seemed to prefer bottom!Draco but who haven't written as much in the last few years:

There are many more bottom!Draco authors who are still actively writing HD, among them: [ profile] enchanted_jae, [ profile] oldenuf2nb, and [ profile] samaelthekind.

But interestingly, I can only think of one long-time author who seems to prefer bottom!Harry: [ profile] megyal.
(Edit: [ profile] vaysh pointed out that [ profile] lomonaaeren is also a bottom!Harry author. My bad!)

If you have any insights into this data, disagree about my analysis, or can think of something I missed, please leave a comment!



Edit: Inspired by suggestions in the comments section, I have re-run the numbers using just data from the [ profile] hd_fan_fair fests. See my write-up here. The data was collected through crowd-sourcing, and we are currently working on building a second crowd-sourced spreadsheet of data from [ profile] hd_smoochfest too!

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So as part of my plan to count the number of fics posted to fests each year (see chart), I've been chasing down masterlists of all the HD fests I know of ([ profile] hp_masterlists and Vaysh's lists have been extremely helpful). At times it has been necessary to re-create a masterlist for a fest, like I did here and here. But there is still one fest that seems to have been lost to time: The Eros Affair Third Wave.

There was a prompt list, and over 50 people signed up to create fics and art. The first fic of the fest was dutifully posted on July 24, 2007 here (f-locked), and then so far as I can tell, the next thing on the site is an admin post from [ profile] bookshop on August 13, 2007. She explains certain technical difficulties due to livejournal's policies and says the plan is to upload the rest of the fest's fics to a message board on her website. If this message board exists, I can't find it, or any links to the fics in any centralized location. (I did send an ask to Aja's tumblr account, as she seems more active there, but I haven't heard back Edit: she commented below, yay! But I would still appreciate any information anyone else might have).

And from time to time I have come across fics posted to various archives where the author's note says the fic was written for the third wave of The Eros Affair. So it makes me think it might be possible to re-create a masterlist. But I'll need help.

Here's what I have so far:

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But that's just 12 works out of over 50 claims. I think there's probably more. Below is the remainder of the claim list. I'm hoping that some of you who have been part of the fandom for longer than me might know where some of these fics/artwork might be hiding, or if they even exist.

Claim list )

Thanks in advance for any help!
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I'm interested in seeing how the popularity in HD fanfic has changed over time, and I thought one way to do that would be to look at how many fics get posted to fests each year.

I did a count for 2014 a couple of months ago, but before I can count how many fics were posted in 2013, 2012, etc. I need to know how many fests there were each of those years.

Question: Has anyone else already done this? I hope I'm not duplicating someone else's efforts!

To start with, I'm just going to look at Drarry-focused fests, not more general HP fests. I went through [ profile] hp_masterlists and tried to come up with a chart of HD fests through the years. The html table is inserted below the cut. (You may have to use the slider bar at the bottom of the post to see the whole thing - I seem to have trouble formatting wide tables to fit within LJ's specifications. It's very frustrating):

Edit: screenshot here (click to enlarge). HTML table is still below the cut


Click for chart-y goodness )


General observations:

  • There were a lot fewer fests before 2010 than after. This could be because I've inadvertently left some out. If anyone has any corrections please let me know.
  • 2011 had more HD fests than any other year (counting communities who put on more than one fest that year)
  • 2014 had the second most fests of any year, which seems to indicate that interest is not waning :)
  • I chose not to include [ profile] hds_beltane, since that fest also includes fics that aren't HD
  • I also chose not to include comment fests, since those are harder to make counts of, but I could be persuaded to change my mind

Of course, more fests don't necessarily mean more fics. If could be that one year had a lot of fests with hardly any fics. I won't know until I've done a count.

But that brings up another question: should I count drabbles in the overall fic count? For example, in 2010, [ profile] hd_birthdaybash had a couple of drabble-a-thons which produced several dozen drabbles. If I counted each of these as a 'fic', that would probably skew the count for 2010. Anyone have an opinion on this?

And again, any corrections or suggestions are welcome. And if you can't see the full table, let me know and I'll try to fix it (or if you know how to get LJ to like my tables, that would also be helpful :)

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As I'm sure is obvious, I'm totally in love with Alekina's recent Drarry art. But I think is important to point out that popular art (and fic) is good for the fandom. In this case, I even have the evidence to prove it.

My LJ blog is relatively new, and in general doesn't get a whole lot of traffic. According to Google analytics, most days I'm lucky to get more than 15 pageviews. (When I post my "Best of the Year" lists, the traffic bumps up maybe as high as 120 pageviews for a day, but that's about it.) But when I recently posted a list of "Dark Mark Removal fics" to appease the demand that came from the art, Alekina reblogged the link to tumblr. And Holy Cow. I got nearly 400 pageviews on that post in a day and a half. And it's still by far the most popular thing I ever posted.

And the point is, I recced four fics in that post, and I'm pretty sure they all benefited from it.

Only one of the four fics I recced is on AO3 (Becoming Us), so that's the only one I can easily track. It had been posted to AO3 for about 4 months (129 days) before my rec went up. In that time it had earned 87 kudos, which is an average of 0.67 kudos a day. My rec (and Alekina's tumblr boost) went up Feb 16. In the 11 days since then "Becoming Us" has earned an additional 20 kudos, for an average of 1.8 kudos per day. Basically its kudo rate tripled.

Now, maybe it would have earned those kudos anyway--it's a good story after all--but I think the timing makes it pretty clear that the boost from Alekina had something to do with it. And I like to think that the three other fics I recced also got more love and readership as well.

So maybe that's just an effect on a handful of fics, but I don't think it's limited to that. Alekina has posted to their personal blog many examples of fans writing to say that that artwork caused them to search for more Drarry fics, or get back into the fandom, or create newly inspired Drarry art, and even people who don't normally ship Drarry are into it.

So when a piece of art gets super popular it's good for everyone in the fandom. It creates new fans, jumpstarts interest in overlooked fics, inspires authors to write, and inspires artists to draw. I don't think that celebrating that means we're putting other artists down. I think it means that we're excited about our invigorated fandom and are eager for artists and writers to keep creating new works.
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When I first started getting into Drarry fanfiction, I would often take a look at other people's lists of favorites to see what I should read. And most lists are organized by era, theme, trope, or length, or some other common characteristic, which is a great thing when you love 8th year fics for example, and want to read more of them.

But one thing I would notice was how quickly these would go out of date if the poster didn't keep up with maintaining them. And I realized that it would be a lot of work to maintain such lists. So when I eventually thought I had read enough Drarry to make my own lists, I thought that perhaps if I organized them by publication date then it would make it easier to maintain them--I mean, there are only a finite number of fanfics posted in, say, 2011, and there won't ever be any more! So I could make a list of the Best of 2011 and not have to worry about it becoming passé as more fics are published.


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What's the deal with all these "year's best" lists I've been posting?

(see e.g. Best of 2012)

Note: a version of this essay has been uploaded to AO3: Dates Matter

Basically, it started with me being frustrated that I couldn't always tell when a work was first published (see long discussion of this problem under the cuts). Consequently, I began noting the original posting dates in the lists I kept of all the fics I'd read. As this sometimes involved a fair amount of sleuthing (see below), I thought it could be helpful to share this information publically. But the world really doesn't need a list of all the hundreds of fics I've read, some good, some not so good. And so instead I decided to create the series of "Best of Year X" lists I've been posting so far. It was really just a way for me to feel that this detective work I'd been doing had a point :)

So, why is it so difficult to determine when a fic was first published, and why should anyone care other than me? Well, I'm so glad you asked.

Why date fics: The Big Picture )
Why date fics: The Small Picture )
How hard is it to date a fic anyway? )

In sum, accurately dating fics is good practice, and is useful to both individual fans and the fandom as a whole. Yet finding accurate publication dates for many fics is nearly impossible: some fics don't have dates at all, some fics have hidden or lost dates, and others are incorrectly dated when they are re-posted to a new archive.

A plea to authors

Please, please, please make sure your fics can be dated. If possible, provide a link to the original posting in your masterlists. If the original work is no longer available, at least give a date. And if you add older works to AO3, please add an author's note explaining where and when the work was first published, and adjust the "published" field to show that date if you can.


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