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Genre Poll Results
Recently I did a poll on genre reading habits in fanfic (Genre Poll), and I confess that the results, in part, surprised me.

In total sixty-seven people took part, not terribly representative of fandom as a whole, but nonetheless interesting.



Just to clarify for the purposes of this by 'genre' I mean slash (both m/m and f/f), het and gen.

I have quoted the numbers as given, although as it can be seen there is a small discrepancy, as a couple of people seem to have answered Q2 when they should have answered Q3 and vice versa.

Question 1 asked: Assuming that your other 'requirements' for reading a story (e.g. fandom, pairing, writing style, name of author, etc), are satisfied, does genre matter to you when reading fanfiction?

The results were as follows:

25 (37.3%) answered 'No, not at all. I read in any genre'.
38 (56.7%) answered 'I mainly read in one genre. However, I will read others if I know the author/the story is recommended/etc'.
4 (6.0%) answered 'Yes. I only read in one genre'.

It was the answer to this question that surprised me most of all, or rather the relatively high number of people who answered 'No, not at all. I read in any genre'. The reason for my surprise was that in private emails and list/small group email conversations, most people said that genre did matter. In fact I was also slightly surprised by the low number of people who only read in one genre, I had expected this to be higher.

Thus, I looked more deeply into this particular question and found that the vast majority of people who answered this way (19) were not people whom I know at all. And of the remaining 6, although I 'knew' 2 of them from lists prior to getting a LJ, I didn't know on a personal email exchange level.

Question 2 asked: If you selected option 2 above (i.e. you read mainly in one genre) which genre is that?

The results were as follows:

34 (87.2%) answered 'Slash'
3 (7.7%) answered 'Gen'
2 (5.1%) answered 'Het'

Question 3 asked: If you selected option 3 above (i.e I only read in one genre) which genre is that?

All 4 people who selected this option stated 'Slash' as being the genre they read.

Several people commented to say that their choice actually depends on the fandom/pairing, i.e. in one they might just read slash, in another they might just read gen, in another they might read anything - and with the benefit of hindsight, I should have made this another answer to Q1. In fact by not doing so I realised that actually I couldn't answer the question with total honesty myself, because when I do read outside of my main pairings (and I only read slash within them), I too find it depends on the pairing/fandom. For example I do read the odd bit of het, but not stories that involve, beyond a mention in passing, both of my actual pairing. I have also in the past read gen, when the stories have been particularly recommended, and that was within my pairings.

The fandoms/pairings didn't reveal any particular pattern as far as genre reading habits went. There were sole fandom/pairing people who read in any genre, just as there were sole fandom/pairing people who only read in one genre, and who mainly read in one. Ditto, there were multi-fandom/pairing people who did the same thing.

So although overall this poll revealed that most people read mainly in one genre (and that genre is slash), but might read outside of that genre if a story was recommended and/or they knew the author, the results were not as conclusive as I was expecting prior to running the poll. The relatively high number of people for whom genre does not matter and the low number who only read in one genre, did indeed surprise me.

Thank you to those of you who took part in the poll and/or commented.

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doylebaby From: doylebaby Date: 10th November 2005 15:24 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for running this poll, it was interesting to see the results. We still surprise ourselves.

Looking forward to your next poll.... ;-)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 10th November 2005 15:32 (UTC) (Link)
We can indeed still surprise ourselves. I'm glad you found it interesting.

Looking forward to your next poll

:-) I keep telling you 'with friends like you.......' :-))))))) Actually, I have a rather silly one in mind, that may get as far as being posted, we'll see.
londonronnie From: londonronnie Date: 10th November 2005 16:09 (UTC) (Link)
It was the answer to this question that surprised me most of all,

Me too! I'd have thought that the number of people giving this answer would have been much, much higher.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 10th November 2005 16:55 (UTC) (Link)
What I also found interesting, but chose not to expand here (as it'll possibly get covered in my what is fandom post), is how different the numbers were when I took out those not on my flist. Does like attract like? If so, how?

More food for thought.
probodie From: probodie Date: 10th November 2005 16:38 (UTC) (Link)
Interesting poll, it gave us food for thought! I'm already looking forward to the 'silly' poll :-)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 10th November 2005 16:57 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, my friend. Glad you enjoyed.

The silly poll probably won't mean anything to you - unless you're a closet NCIS fan that I don't know about.... Sorry.

I shall try to think of something though. Although my mind is starting to work more on the less silly at the moment ::sigh::
probodie From: probodie Date: 10th November 2005 16:58 (UTC) (Link)
Ahhh okay then LOL
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 10th November 2005 17:46 (UTC) (Link)
Nice to see the results. I too was very surprised by the number of people who read in any genre. I thought it would be less than that. But as you say depends on the fandom. It's all very interesting....

Actually this bit:
Thus, I looked more deeply into this particular question and found that the vast majority of people who answered this way (19) were not people whom I know at all.

Intrigued me because I answered a poll the other day where slash was less popular than het so it seemed. Until you read what the person is into. If comone runninga poll is into het then their f-list possibly are. And if a person is into slash, then their f-list probably will be. So maybe that has some affect on poll results....

But I have to say I am one of the read in one genre mainly but dip a toe into another one. But as someone who is orinetated mainly in one fandom I suppose I found it easier to answer the poll than some others who have multiple fandoms.

Okay I'll shut up now. ;-)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 11th November 2005 13:00 (UTC) (Link)
Intrigued me because I answered a poll the other day where slash was less popular than het so it seemed. Until you read what the person is into. If comone runninga poll is into het then their f-list possibly are. And if a person is into slash, then their f-list probably will be. So maybe that has some affect on poll results...

It would have had some effect, yes, from those on my flist, as I think that most of them read some slash, but about half of the poll takers did come from metafandom, so.... It's very interesting how these things work out.

You don't need to shut up. You are always interesting.
aingeal8c From: aingeal8c Date: 11th November 2005 13:14 (UTC) (Link)
It would have had some effect, yes, from those on my flist, as I think that most of them read some slash, but about half of the poll takers did come from metafandom, so.... It's very interesting how these things work out.

It is indeed. It's always nice to get a good number coming in from other sources.

You don't need to shut up. You are always interesting.

Thank you you're very kind :-)
sally_maria From: sally_maria Date: 13th November 2005 13:21 (UTC) (Link)
As one of the people who is probably skewing your results, I thought I ought to try and explain a bit more.

I read a lot more slash than I do het but I wouldn't not read a story because it's het. I read/not read stories based on pairings rather than "genre". So I figured that the first option was closest to my reading habits.

At the moment, I have a lot more m/m pairings I'm interested in but I'd still read, for example, a Jack/Janet story in preference to a Jack/Teal'c one. (Whereas, in Pros, I'm really not interested in anything other than Bodie/Doyle.)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 13th November 2005 13:56 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the explanation - what you say makes a lot of sense.

With the benefit of the wonderful tool 'hindsight', I'd undoubtedly phrase the questions differently if I were doing it now, especially in light of my recent thoughts about whether being into a fandom and a pairing are different or the same. My thoughts will get themselves into a post hopefully this week.

Thanks again. I appreciate your clarification.
sally_maria From: sally_maria Date: 13th November 2005 14:07 (UTC) (Link)
No problem. You seem to write about a lot of interesting things - do you mind if I friend you?
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 13th November 2005 14:11 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.

I certainly don't mind if you friend me, will you be happy for me to friend you back?
sally_maria From: sally_maria Date: 13th November 2005 15:03 (UTC) (Link)
Please feel free - just watch out for the amazing changing icons, I have far too many. ;-)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 13th November 2005 15:27 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks have done so.

As for having far too many icons, you and me both! I have space for 100, but need more (which could be considered a tad sad).
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