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A House Divided - A Sorta Fairytale
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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Thu, Oct. 1st, 2009 07:17 pm
A House Divided

It's interesting to me how fandom has a way of bringing together people with widely disparate views and passions into one volatile community. I want to understand that better. And so, a poll:

Poll #1465194 Stories

Which aspects of a story usually interest you most?

Plot
0(0.0%)
Setting/Worldbuilding
0(0.0%)
Characters
2(12.5%)
Relationships
0(0.0%)
Themes
0(0.0%)
Style/Presentation
0(0.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)


Also, I have another question for those of you who have been involved in more than one fandom and/or have experience with multi-fandom or pan-fandom communities (Fandom Wank or Cosplay.com, for example):

What would you say are the most common sources of conflict in fandoms? What do people argue about the most? What issues are most likely to cause a fandom to divide into smaller cliques?

I would really like to get a lot of good responses for this, so please, if this discussion interests you, than not only answer, but also PIMP IT FAR AND WIDE! Thank you!

Joie

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Current Mood: curious curious

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orcapotter
orcapotter
Orca キンバリー
Thu, Oct. 1st, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)

I think that any issue that can be divided (i.e. chocolate vs. vanilla) is a source for potential conflict and drama. What I see in fandoms that causes the most wank is perhaps relationships between characters, particularly characters who are not canon-ly committed to any particular other character. Characters in general can cause wank, with people favoring one (or more) over the other.


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coastal_spirit
coastal_spirit
Gale
Fri, Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)

I would have to agree with orcapotter in saying that the two things that cause the most conflict among fans people favoring one relationship over another, and people favoring one character over another. This tends to lead to character-bashing, which is almost always a source of conflict. Another source of conflict that I frequently see is between those who want to cling exclusively to canon vs. those who don't mind stretching it a bit. ;)


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