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yuletide 2009: hit counts, comments, and predictions for 2010

January 1st, 2010 (10:41 am)

Now that Archive of Our Own allows you to sort for hit count, we can take a look at what the popular fics are this year. I'm writing this on the morning of New Year's Day, so these numbers will change a little, but the results are interesting. Here's the top 10:Collapse )


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Posted by: congratulations universe, you win (miss_universe93)
Posted at: January 1st, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)

This is a wonderful post! You are so righr in everything you say, though especially in terms of Idol RPF and other 'Merlin effect' fandoms each year. On the one hand, the mass fangirliness and the fact that there is indeed non-Yuletide fic out there for those fandoms (and that readers of the Yuletide stories are on the whole not Yuletide participants) kind of makes you question whether it should even be in Yuletide in the first place. I've personally never been a fan of the 'first year' eligibility rule because to me it somewhat disregards the popularity of the fandom - I felt this way about Glee when it was made eligible though it didn't make as a big a splash as I thought. That said, it does, as you say, raise Yuletide's profile through outside people reading Yuletide fic in these fandoms and keeps Yuletide fresh and modern. But really, though I know astolat and elynross have MORE than enough to do for Yuletide already, it does need to be looked at. I remember in last year's Yuletide AI RPF was already a teeny bit of a problem because of the two Davids - there was only one AI RPF fic last year that wasn't about them, and I wrote it. What makes me grumpy is that during the nomination process I hemmed and hawed as to whether Tennis RPF should be eligible as I know that there are several big fic comms for it, and Roger/Rafa stories are written every year when 'rare tennis fic' comms exist that specifically ban Roger/Rafa due to it's prominence in fandom. Someone in the chat pretty much told me "Well, if AI RPF can be eligible..." And now I feel silly for even bringing up the possibility of tennis RPF being ineligible, because compared to AI RPF it is teeny.

That said, as a Ryan/Simon writer I will say that pretty much every other season of AI besides the last two are definately obscure. I would be unhappy if all of AI RPF was made ineligible! But I am rambling, so once again, great post :)

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)

I have to say that I am so glad I'm not a Yuletide mod, actually. Because the bigger Yuletide gets, the more issues like this there are.

Posted by: Stevy (ankaret)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)

Here via Yuletide, and I can't tell you how much I love you for 'Werewolves of Fandom'. It will be part of my personal dialect from now on.

Also, thank you for doing this! Fascinating look at which fandoms were most popular and why.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: January 5th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)

Welcome! And thanks for popping by.

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