* Why is it that fanfics almost to exclusion of all other topics focus so heavily on sex, shipping and heavily on homoerotic elements? I understand that their is (obviously) an audience for this but there is also an audience for Ryan Gossling and he doesn't show up in literally 90% of all fanfics. What precisely is the reason for the excessive focus on people's fictional relationships, and so heavily geared towards the homoerotic even in cases where it makes no sense? This isn't Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike, this Troper is genuinely curious as to why fanfics almost exclusively focus on shipping--and unnecessary homoerotic shipping, in many cases.
** Because sex! Everybody likes sex, especially people who don't have it. To be serious, in fanfics you can write freely about sex and no MoralGuardians will come to stake you and burn your corpse. Also, plently of fanfic writers are teenagers and they tend to get emotionally invested, especially girls, when it comes to shipping. It's a form of escapism, really. Some people are just very emotional about fiction- and it's not necessarily bad, even if hard to understand for someone who doesn't write fanfic.
*** If and when they stop being teenagers, they'll find other subjects to write about.
*** Well, alright, that's a valid answer (teenagers write fanfics, teens get emotionally invested in stupid things, ergo fanfics heavily focus on shipping) but that doesn't really explain the second half: why almost entirely homoerotic? Why even when it makes no sense--when a character, say Harry Potter, is unambiguously straight yet ends up preforming surprise penis inspections on Draco? I've heard the theory that girls, for whatever reason, emotionally relate to gay men when they're teenagers--but since that's used by people on the internet to "justify" the career of Justin Bieber (as opposed to, oh, I dunno maybe people like his music?) I tend to write that off as just the usual internet Bitching About Tween Stars You Don't Like that gets associated with Twilight. But is that really it? I mean, really, is it that simple? Teen girls like gay men more than straight men, and since teens write fanfics, and teens like shipping, teen girls write shipping fanfics about gay men? I imagined it was for some reason more complex than that.
*** Reasons there is so much homoerotic smut? See HetIsEw, GirlOnGirlIsHot, GuyOnGuyIsHot, YuriFan, and YaoiFangirl. Also you still don't see many gay couples on primetime TV and even than it's typically WordOfGay but by censoring it out and making it "forbidden" they've made it more interesting. Also for many people shipping the hero with his/her HeterosexualLifePartner or [[FoeYay with his/her rival or enemy]] is more interesting than shipping them with a SatelliteLoveInterest who gets little in the way of personality. As for characters being "unambiguously straight" take your example of Harry/Draco. In canon Harry gets butterflies in his tummy over [[SatelliteLoveInterest Cho]] but he also stalks Draco for a whole year! Even if the stalking isn't sexual in nature it's still plenty of HoYay to [[{{Shipping}} run a ship on]]. That being said [[{{Rule34}} there's a lot of het smut out there as well you just need to lurk more.]]
*** Here's another possibility: if you take two cool and popular main characters from pretty much any mainstream fandom (particularly older ones), odds are both will be male. Evidence for this theory: shows with lots of female main characters (such as WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic or Anime/SailorMoon) have lots of femslash fanfiction. Also cause yaoi is hot, of course.
* I want to know how MPreg Fanfic writers justify the whole process but am too scared to enter that part of FanFiction.Net HandWave? LampShadeHanging? ThePowerOfLove?
** That, AWizardDidIt, or just plain research failure. [[note]]Or ''maybe'' through the process of BileFascination...[[/note]]
** In the Franchise/HarryPotter fandom, the explanation is always that AWizardDidIt. Usually, the distinct lack of mpreg in the books is for one of the following reasons:
### To get pregnant, a man needs to drink a potion or use a spell. And who the hell would do that to themselves?
** [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9475078/1/Labor-of-Insanity "Okay, so he might have misinterpreted that Macedonian ritual for, in translation, "Life" in his search for immortality as a schoolboy."]]
### Male pregnancy is so incredibly rare that it almost never happens, which is why no one ever mentions it. Usually, the two men have to be extremely powerful and/or [[ThePowerOfLove soul mates.]]
### [[LogicBomb Male pregnancy is so common that no one ever thought to tell Harry about it, and yet still so uncommon that he doesn't know anyone whose mother is male.]]
** Series/{{House}} MPreg scares me. It's a ''Medical Show''!
** There are a few examples of MPreg where the reasons behind the pregnancy actually makes sense in the context of story through a scientific or magical explanation. These, however, are few and far in between.
** Sometimes can be justified when you're writing about a verse where there are characters that are not human. If the male getting pregnant happens to be an alien species or a youkai, then it could be explained that in their species, [[MisterSeahorse males are the ones to give birth]].
** Fanfiction has to make sense? What? I've stumbled onto fanfiction where it happens for no reason. Two guys have sex. Then a baby comes out. Because gay sex Totally Works That Way.
** Sometimes the fic is set in a vaguely AlternateUniverse where everything is the same except some scientists discovered X many years ago that some men had the ability to become pregnant.
* There's a crossover between the animated ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' and the animated ''JusticeLeague'' on fanfiction.net. As per the story, the Robin in the animated Teen Titans is Dick Grayson, and "Teen Titans" take place in the time between ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]''. That's all well and nice...until Batgirl mentions Nightwing. WTF? If Dick Grayson is Robin, "Nightwing" shouldn't exist!
** Two possibilities. Dick Greyson was Robin, became Nightwing, and then quit and resumed the Robin mantle.
** I don't think it's even stated when animated Teen Titans takes place, or for that matter if Robin is Dick Grayson (even the show's creators weren't even bothered who Robin was).
** The Robin in Teen Titans ''is'' Dick Grayson (there are several things that indicate this, even though it's not outright stated, the least of which being Nos Yarkcid, Robin's counterpart from another universe). '''But''' Teen Titans is not part of the DCAU, which is where BTAS and TNBA take place. So, in the crossover mentioned, it makes perfect sense for there to be both Robin and Nightwing, as there would be two Dick Graysons.
*** That depends on whether it's really shown as a crossover between different worlds or if it just ignores that "Teen Titans is not part of the DCAU" part.
* PeggySue and ForWantOfANail fics can be very well done. However, it just seems that too many times, there are a million coincidences that just seem to make everything work out well, which bothers me whenever I try to read one. In PeggySue stories, I understand that all of the foreknowledge that the character has helps, but what really bothers me is that, in fics without the foreknowledge, everything just seems to fall the right way. Why do all the problems seem to wrap themselves up nice and neatly and all this screwing with the timeline not cause other, unforeseen problems? This wouldn't bother me so much except for that fact that it shows up in even some of the best written fics of the genre.
** The problem with this one is pretty simple - for most authors, PeggySue stories are not something that is used not to explore potential character development and moral/emotional/mental issues that something like time travel (whether physical or mental) would cause, but rather as an answer to the question "why is this character stronger and smarter?". And the same thing applies to ForWantOfANail stories - they are supposed to be "what if?" scenarios taken to their logical conclusion, but for most people they are nothing more than a way to somehow show that some character can be stronger/smarter than another character. And they do that because they are afraid; after all, if they really followed the logical implications in those stories, they would have to take them OffTheRails and write their own story as it diverts from the original one, which most authors aren't capable of doing, in large part because it requires knowledge on some topics. Let's use ZeroNoTsukaima as an example, shall we? If we got PeggySue story in which Louise came back mentally to the time where she summons her familiar, most people would simply follow the original material but make Louise stronger; her emotions towards her familiar would also stay the same. And if the author actually tried to make the story more serious, then Louise would've felt a dissociation from the current situation, and her familiar would've felt differently about her because she would've been more sympathetic towards it from the start; that alone would be enough to change his attitude towards her, and with her not throwing Saito out of her room on the first night, many events would've changed, as there would be no trigger for his fight against Guiche, which means that by the time Fouquet came he would not be aware of his own power, and that is if Louise even allowed Fouquet to steal the target item from the vault. Then, the story would've gone in a very different direction, and the author would've had to have at least basic knowledge of human psychology to know what to do with it. Let's now go in another direction, with ZeroNoTsukaima again being the example. What if there was a ForWantOfANail story in which Louise summoned a familiar that only differed from Saito in that he was able to write poems? An insignificant change, however you look at it, but with that simple ability, there would be no reason for Louise to go exploring to get inspiration for the speech, what means that she would not be able to find the Zero fighter before someone else got to it, and Tristania would've lacked its trump card in the first battle of the war. And then the story would've gone to Albuquerque, and to make it plausible, the author would have to know something about politics, diplomacy, and tactics (both field-level and army-level), which is something you won't find in most authors. ''So, to put it simply, most authors are just too afraid or not skilled enough to change the world significantly enough to match the changes that should've happened because of the initial change. It is easier to write a story where only parts are new and where everything goes fine, than it is to write one where things really turned grim and there is no source material to use to help with writing.''
*** There is also the fact that, the more divergent your fic is from canon, the less likely it will be read.
*** There is also the fact that, the ''less'' divergent your fic is from canon, the less likely it will be read. Who wants read the same story all over again with only cosmetic changes?
* When reviewers start their review with, "I don't normally like this pairing, but..." ...So, why did you read the fic in the first place? I said what pairing the fic was about in the summary, so why would you read it if you don't like the pairing?
** TheTheoremOfNarrowInterests-Say you want to read about character x. You usually don't want to ''just'' read stories about character x but stories which are 1) readable 2) in a specific genre 3) [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation interpret the]] [[DracoInLeatherPants character in a certain way,]] 4) have specific kinks etc. There might not be many new good stories about character x that fit that criteria in your pairing of choice so you might take a look at other stories if they're well-written even if you don't like the pairing because beggars can't be choosers.
** There are cases where people read such stories out of boredom, when they read everything else that was recommended for this story, or when someone else recommended it to them personally. And there are also people who read stories that have good character development and merely prefer one pairing over another one, in which case the "I don't normally like this pairing, but..." bit would be closer to "I never saw this pairing as plausible in the source story, but here it is presented in a way that makes sense.". And it kind of makes sense, if you think about it - quality of most fictions is rather low, so it's easy to get jaded when you see a hundred stories with some particular pairing and none of them well-written.
** They could also really like the author. Say that an author has written stories about several different pairings, of which you like one, and that's why you originally started reading their fics. If you have read everything that the author in question has written about the pairing you do like, you may end up reading everything else they have written too, even the stories about pairings you don't necessarily care for, just because you love their writing.
* Why is it in many PeggySue fics (particularly Literature/HarryPotter and {{Manga/Naruto}}), the main character who went back in time to "fix things" refuses to change anything? The argument is almost always "If I change the timeline then my future knowledge will become useless". If you don't change the timeline, it's ''still useless''. What's the point in trying to change the future if you refuse to do anything that might ''change the future''?
** Well in the [[SturgeonsLaw good fics]] it is explicitly because they want to change ''one'' event which they feel is the keystone event, fix a specific thing, and are keeping their powder dry until that event rolls around (its a fundamental tenet of the genre that the time traveler must arrive early) and trying to intervene earlier would cause too great an amount of uncertainty in the outcome. In the bad examples it is just because the author wants to rewrite the series with their MarySue SelfInsert in the story.
* Does fans creating replica magazine cover of [insert free / motoring / sports magazine title here] in Quark XPress/Adobe InDesign, uploading them as PDF to a flipbook hosting site (e.g. yudu.com) count as fan-fic, or is that just appreciation of the work? I ask because I had seen someone's (as they defined it) "Motor Trend New Car Guide 2012 Fan-Fic: Alt History Of New Cars" (itself now a MissingEpisode as the creator deleted it).
** It is fan creation all right, but a fic it is not. “Fiction” in this case refers to literature so something like a magazine cover would be closer to being a fan art rather than fan fiction. Now, if it was a whole magazine and not just a cover, then it might or might not be counted as fan fiction, and the point is moot because too many people already use “fanfic” to mean “fan creation” (which is pretty much everything created by fans) rather than “fan fiction”.
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