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My Fan Fiction Personality!

The True Fan

OOC is blasphemy, canon is everything.

Once you fall in love with a movie, book or TV series, you are loyal like an old dog. You take fanfiction quite serious[ly] and use it as a substitute after the canon r[uns] out.

You are probably a walking dictionary of your favourite fandom and you are picky about what you write and read. The closer to the "real thing" fanfiction is, the more you like it.

You rather explore a character in all depth, see new sides and learn more about them than creating new characters or mix up the situations they are in.

Take The Fan Fiction Personality Test at OkCupid

Heh. Fair enough!

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avierra
Jan. 7th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
I was a True Fan too. ;D That's a pretty cute quiz.
chomiji
Jan. 7th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)

The only real beef I had with it is what scribblemoose pointed out - that all the non-vanilla-het smut interests were lumped in one category, so that to say you liked slash, you also had to say you liked (for example) shota.

Otherwise, yes, it was fun.

(BTW, did you see pine's latest story? Great stuff ... )

smillaraaq
Jan. 7th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Hmm. Seems a fair enough cop, for the most part:

The Mindgamer

Everything is possible, nothing is ever really over.

Fanfiction is a creative outlet for you. You don't intentionally write it, it just happens. You find inspiration in several fandoms, but are not obsessed with only one.

You like to explore "what if" situations. What if this character had never made this very choice? What if this event had taken place sooner, never, elsewhere? What if these people had never met?

You are likely to write Alternative Universes, fan seasons or sequels and just follow your (sometimes pretty strange) plot bunnies.


Admittedly, if you look at my actual scanty output of published fic, I look like I should maybe be closer to the True Fan -- I've only got one thing that's truly deliberate AU, the other ones that are a little AU-ish now were written mid-series and Jossed by later canon developments. (Which doesn't bother me in the slightest, as a reader or writer, so long as the characterization is plausible and the premise is intriguing...) I haven't really written much in the way of seriously out-there what-if scenarios in fic, but I adore reading them when they're well done, and that's just the sort of thing that sets my brain spinning to talk meta and tempt others into writing with contagious plotbunnies...

The whole "if you like one kink you must like 'em all" question was pretty dumb, though (reflection of the quiz author's biases, perhaps?) And the bit about animanga fandoms raised my eyebrows too -- they seem to think that all Japanese fandoms are (1) anime/manga-based (um, hello, light novels, live-action movies and dramas, games, RPF bandfic, what?) and (2) nothing but fighting series. Which is of course wrongity wrong wrong on both counts, not to mention oblivious to all the nominal fighting series whose main appeal is in the characterizations and relationships rather than non-stop action. Other than that, though, it seemed to be fairly clueful -- my biggest problem was the usual one of not being able to select multiple answers for a single question.
chomiji
Jan. 9th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)

Most of these quizzes do get limited by the author's biases and background ... this one wasn't as bad as many, which is why I bothered putting up the result. I think in the mindgamer case, the quizmeistress is putting AUs in the category of "what if" in general, and I think you do like "what if."

Yes, every year at Yuletide I get reminded how varied fandoms can be ... and even that's just the tip of the iceberg, I know. It's funny, on my own, I can't do RPF, for example, but I've enjoyed reading louiselux's tennis things.

smillaraaq
Jan. 9th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
Oh yes, "what if" is absolutely the way my brain is wired (and I think that drives the love of meta as well as fic). For me I'd say that mindset is even pretty much behind the love of imaginatively filling in backstory or exploring neglected minor characters, or seeing different writers/the same writer playing out different scenarios doing the same sort of story, like a particular pairing's first time -- it's sort of "what if" working backwards, the end point of a character or relationship's existence is set and you're imaginatively sketching out the different paths that might have led to it.
misura
Jan. 7th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
You rather explore a character in all depth [...] than [...] mix up the situations they are in.

So ... no slash unless it canonical? *dubious look* Or is that just subtext made explicit, and thus 'in depth exploration of a character'?
chomiji
Jan. 9th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)

Well, for me it works as the latter. But it's funny how different people can read the same data and get such divergent results. A good example is that I'm convinced that the title character in SDK has experimented with men, because he's an adventurous type without many inhibitions and a taste for a variety of carnal pleasures when he gets the chance, and because it was pretty common in Japan during that period - you didn't have to be exclusively gay to do it, the concept didn't work that way in that culture. But other SDK fans insist that because he's a very vocal fan of boobs and because the only people he explicitly lusts after in canon are women, he'd never do it with a guy.

So ... YMMV on what's "canon."

XD

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chomiji
Jan. 9th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)

"Lagging behind" how, boo?

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chomiji
Jan. 10th, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)

Hikari-chan, you're a good bit younger than the three others of us who have posted here. So I'd say you're fretting too much. You're still trying all sorts of different things - we've settled more into what we know we like.

If you count the crazy Star Trek:TOS and Batman things I used to make up in my head in my teens, I've been doing fanfiction for more than 30 years.

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