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14 October 2005 @ 11:29 am
Hi guys! I do hope that this post is appropriate for this community; I remember reading that this community is open to all sorts of writing, not just fiction. =)

I'm writing my honors thesis on fan fiction and its intellectual merit. I've found some excellent resources and critical essays on fan fiction, fan culture, and pop culture, but I'l really love to incorporate some firsthand accounts into the paper, especially since one of my main points is that fan fiction is popular. (And because my professors are completely clueless about it.) So if you are willing, I made a brief survey (it took me five minutes to fill out). I'll give all participants full credit and much gratitude, of course. While this is project is ongoing through December, I'd appreciate having responses by 11 November 2005 so I can have enough time to incorporate your input in a meaningful way. If you'd prefer to e-mail me privately, my address is lilmissppg @ msn.com. Thanks so much for your help.

General Info
Pseudonym/Pen Name:

On the Process of Writing
1. How long have you been writing?
2. How long have you been writing fan fiction?
3. How much time, on average, do you spend writing fan fiction per week?
4. What gives you inspiration?
5. What about your fandom(s) compels you to write?
6. What type of fiction do you write? (AU, romance, fluff, slash, explanations of backstory in canon, crossover, etc.) Why?
7. Do you consider canon constraining on your fiction? Why?
How do you distribute your writing? (zines, blogs, archives, etc.)
8. How important is it to have feedback on your fiction?
9. What do you hope to accomplish with your fiction? (amusement, filling plotholes, fame/fortune, analysis, etc.)

On reading fan fiction
1. How much time, on average, do you spend reading fan fiction per week?
3. What type of fiction do you prefer to read? (AU, romance, fluff, slash, explanations of backstory in canon, crossover, etc.)
4. Where do you find your fiction? (zines, blogs, archives, etc.)
5. Do you give feedback on other fans' writing? Why?
6. What do you like best about reading fan fiction? (amusement, filling plotholes, finding out what others think about a certain element of canon, seeing your favorite characters hook up, etc.) Why?
7. What do you like to see in a good piece of fan fiction?
8. How do you connect with the fan fiction you read? (Is it entertainment; do you analyze the feasibility of the piece; do you enjoy other characterizations? etc.) Why?
9. Do you see reading/discussing fan fiction as a strong form of literary discussion? Why?

On being a fan
1. Is it important to you to keep your fan writing identity separate from your "real life" identity? Why?
2. What is your primary method of communicating with other fans?
3. How important to you and your fandom is it that you have other fans with whom to discuss the fandom?

Et cetera
Is there anything else you'd like to add about fan fiction or being a fan fiction writer?

If you do not read or write fan fiction, I'd love to know why. I'd also love know know your impression of people who do.

Any questions, holla. Thanks so much, folks.
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