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25th Oct '15 6:16:57 PM nombretomado
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A second factor that also contributes is that writers tend to stay in the same general area for most of their work. In other words, a fanfic writer who has done one Legolas/Draco-is-a-crossdresser BDSM fic is more likely to do it again. This means that one writer may be responsible for a sizable chunk of all the stories with a certain narrow set of parameters, and if they're a bad writer, they're going to skew the crap-to-not-crap ratio (and groups like the [[ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum PPC]] are going to have a field day.)

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A second factor that also contributes is that writers tend to stay in the same general area for most of their work. In other words, a fanfic writer who has done one Legolas/Draco-is-a-crossdresser BDSM fic is more likely to do it again. This means that one writer may be responsible for a sizable chunk of all the stories with a certain narrow set of parameters, and if they're a bad writer, they're going to skew the crap-to-not-crap ratio (and groups like the [[ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum [[WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum PPC]] are going to have a field day.)
7th May '15 7:25:39 AM Madrugada
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If you want [[TheLordOfTheRings Legolas]] fanfic, there's tons of it out there, and even though Sturgeon's Law says that 90% of it is going to be crap, the 10% that's good is findable. If you want a Legolas/X slash fic, there's still tons, but there are fewer tons, because it's a subset of Legolas fic, and the 10% that's any good is correspondingly smaller. If you want Legolas/Draco slash fic, you've moved into a still smaller subset, by adding in a crossover requirement, with a still smaller "10% good". And so on...

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If you want [[TheLordOfTheRings Legolas]] fanfic, there's tons of it out there, and even though Sturgeon's Law says that 90% of it is going to be crap, the 10% that's good is findable.still a lot. If you want a Legolas/X slash fic, there's still tons, but there are fewer tons, because it's a subset of Legolas fic, and the 10% that's any good is correspondingly smaller. If you want Legolas/Draco slash fic, you've moved into a still smaller subset, by adding in a crossover requirement, with a still smaller "10% good". And so on...
7th Apr '15 11:19:26 PM Ingonyama
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It doesn't simply apply to porn and fanfic, though. Any narrow interst niche is going to have a smaller overall selection than a wider niche (it's just that those are the areas where people have the most ''particular'' tastes). Thus, if you want to see a movie about World War 2, you're spoiled for choice, but if you want an AlternateHistory WorldWarII film where ThoseWackyNazis won the race for the atomic bomb by making a literal DealWithTheDevil, you've cut your options significantly.

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It doesn't simply apply to porn and fanfic, though. Any narrow interst interest niche is going to have a smaller overall selection than a wider niche (it's just that those are the areas where people have the most ''particular'' tastes). Thus, if you want to see a movie about World War 2, you're spoiled for choice, but if you want an AlternateHistory WorldWarII film where ThoseWackyNazis won the race for the atomic bomb by making a literal DealWithTheDevil, you've cut your options significantly.
6th Feb '14 1:17:49 PM baruta07
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Note that this is also a mathematical property. Under set theory set (A&B) is usually smaller than either set (A) or set (B), the only exception is if A=B.
11th Apr '13 8:13:54 PM Specialist290
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On the subject of porn, this trope intersects with {{Rule 34}} in an interesting way: The narrower your search terms, the less likely you are to find something good, but the ''more'' likely you are to find something pornographic. Make of that what you will.
19th Sep '12 5:51:21 AM Luc
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It doesn't simply apply to porn and fanfic, though. Any narrow interst niche is going to have a smaller overall selection than a wider niche. Thus, if you want to see a movie about World War 2, you're spoiled for choice, but if you want an AlternateHistory WorldWarII film where ThoseWackyNazis won the race for the atomic bomb by making a literal DealWithTheDevil, you've cut your options significantly.

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It doesn't simply apply to porn and fanfic, though. Any narrow interst niche is going to have a smaller overall selection than a wider niche.niche (it's just that those are the areas where people have the most ''particular'' tastes). Thus, if you want to see a movie about World War 2, you're spoiled for choice, but if you want an AlternateHistory WorldWarII film where ThoseWackyNazis won the race for the atomic bomb by making a literal DealWithTheDevil, you've cut your options significantly.
10th Mar '12 8:26:45 PM Luc
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If you want [[TheLordOfTheRings Legolas]] fanfic, there's tons of it out there, and even though Sturgeon's Law says that 90% of it is going to be crap, the 10% that's good is findable. If you want a Legolas/X slash fic, there's still tons, but there are fewer tons, because it's a subset of Legolas fic, and the 10% that's any good is correspondingly smaller. If you want Legolas/Draco slash fic, you've moved into a still smaller subset, with a still smaller "10% good". And so on...

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If you want [[TheLordOfTheRings Legolas]] fanfic, there's tons of it out there, and even though Sturgeon's Law says that 90% of it is going to be crap, the 10% that's good is findable. If you want a Legolas/X slash fic, there's still tons, but there are fewer tons, because it's a subset of Legolas fic, and the 10% that's any good is correspondingly smaller. If you want Legolas/Draco slash fic, you've moved into a still smaller subset, by adding in a crossover requirement, with a still smaller "10% good". And so on...
10th Mar '12 4:11:05 PM Madrugada
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By the same principle, if you want to see a movie about World War 2, you're spoiled for choice, but if you want an AlternateHistory film where ThoseWackyNazis won the race for the atomic bomb, you've cut your options significantly.

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By the same principle, It doesn't simply apply to porn and fanfic, though. Any narrow interst niche is going to have a smaller overall selection than a wider niche. Thus, if you want to see a movie about World War 2, you're spoiled for choice, but if you want an AlternateHistory WorldWarII film where ThoseWackyNazis won the race for the atomic bomb, bomb by making a literal DealWithTheDevil, you've cut your options significantly.
10th Mar '12 4:08:19 PM Madrugada
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A corollary of SturgeonsLaw:



As you add in requirements, the expected number of good examples of whatever it is you're looking for goes down.

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As A corollary of SturgeonsLaw; as you add in requirements, the expected number of good ''good'' examples of whatever it is you're looking for goes down.
10th Mar '12 4:07:12 PM Madrugada
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If you want [[TheLordOfTheRings Legolas]] fanfic, there's tons of it out there, and even though Sturgeon's Law says that 90% of it is going to be crap, the 10% that's good is findable. If you want a Legolas/X slash fic, there's still tons, but there are fewer tons, because it's a subset of Legolas fic, and the 10% that's any good is correspondingly smaller. If you want Legolas/Draco slash fic, you've moved into a still smaller subset, with a still smaller "10% good". And so on... [[hottip:*:There's another factor as well, which is that fanfic writers tend to stay in the same general area for most of their work. In other words, a writer who has done one Legolas/Draco-is-a-crossdresser BDSM fic is more likely to do it again. This means that one writer may be responsible for a sizable chunk of all the stories with a certain narrow set of parameters, and if they're a bad writer, they're going to skew the crap-to-not-crap ratio (and groups like the [[ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum PPC]] are going to have a field day.)]]

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If you want [[TheLordOfTheRings Legolas]] fanfic, there's tons of it out there, and even though Sturgeon's Law says that 90% of it is going to be crap, the 10% that's good is findable. If you want a Legolas/X slash fic, there's still tons, but there are fewer tons, because it's a subset of Legolas fic, and the 10% that's any good is correspondingly smaller. If you want Legolas/Draco slash fic, you've moved into a still smaller subset, with a still smaller "10% good". And so on... [[hottip:*:There's another

A second
factor as well, which that also contributes is that fanfic writers tend to stay in the same general area for most of their work. In other words, a fanfic writer who has done one Legolas/Draco-is-a-crossdresser BDSM fic is more likely to do it again. This means that one writer may be responsible for a sizable chunk of all the stories with a certain narrow set of parameters, and if they're a bad writer, they're going to skew the crap-to-not-crap ratio (and groups like the [[ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum PPC]] are going to have a field day.)]]
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[[FreudWasRight Not that this only applies to porn]] - it's just a good example of something people tend to have very ''specific'' tastes in. By the same principle, if you want to see a movie about World War 2, you're spoiled for choice, but if you want an AlternateHistory film where ThoseWackyNazis won the race for the atomic bomb, you've cut your options significantly.

Most noticeable in porn and {{fanfic}}, and even more noticeable when the two [[{{Lemon}} cross over]] - after all, RuleThirtyFour only guarantees that "there is porn of it", not that there is ''good'' porn of it...


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[[FreudWasRight Not that this only applies to porn]] - it's just a good example of something people tend to have very ''specific'' tastes in. By the same principle, if you want to see a movie about World War 2, you're spoiled for choice, but if you want an AlternateHistory film where ThoseWackyNazis won the race for the atomic bomb, you've cut your options significantly.

Most noticeable in porn and {{fanfic}}, and even more noticeable when the two [[{{Lemon}} cross over]] - after all, RuleThirtyFour only guarantees that "there is porn of it", not that there is ''good'' porn of it...

significantly.
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