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Why are some fandoms bigger than others? Why do some fandoms go on for years after their Canon is more or less complete (Such as X-Files or Buffy) while other fandoms are tiny?

I ask because I write in the 24 fandom. This show has violence, angst, death, family issues, doomed romances, and one of the greatest (and hottest) Tragic Heroes in the history of TV Tragic Heroes. What more could a fangirl want?

The show is very popular, two-year hiatus not withstanding. This fandom has some wonderfull, thoughtfull, intelligent writing. (And other fics, not so much, but I don’t have to read those) But we are so LITTLE. Stuff pops up my f-list far less frequently than the other communities I belong to, namely Lost and Battlestar Galactica. You would think that 24 was some obscure cable show that aired for one season back in 1990’s.

Any theories?



Sep. 8th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
I'm in favour of the quality-vs-quantity, personally. But it is kind of surprising. It's also strange how female the fandom is, given the heavy weighting of action over relationship/angst in the canon. Is it that the women watching for the hotness and then we feel a need to fill in the emo more than the men do?
Sep. 8th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
There are stereotypes about how woman like “Chick” stuff (such as Sex and The City) , and men like violence and action.

What astonishes me about 24 is how much emotional impact it had. Maybe some of it is manipulative, but I eat it up anyway. Woman respond to the emo, maybe men do, but they won’t admit it.

So yes, we like to fill the holes. And there is the hotness.