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Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls
Candace: Will you guys read my fanfiction?

In fiction, only women write fan fiction, and the majority of these are teenagers. In addition, their work tends to contain boatloads of Shipping, Mary Sues, and Ikea Erotica.

This trope has been in effect since well before the internet made it much easier to proliferate fanfic. Studies of early Star Trek fanfiction showed as many as 90% of authors were female in the 1970s, even though at the time such stories could only be shared through fanzines or through sending self-addressed-stamped-envelopes to the authors and having them mail you a manuscript. Various theories abound as to why this trope has persisted so promiently, but the cause is most likely related to the theory that most visual porn is male-oriented (see: any adult video store or site) while most written porn is female-orientednote , and Fanfiction, like porn, trades heavily in Author Appeal. This trope is extremely common regardless of the reasoning behind it.

Also a reason why Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil is frequently in play throughout fanfics intended for mature audiences (i.e. in fandoms with multiple villains, rape will frequently be one of, if not the, key issue that divides the invoker of Even Evil Has Standards from the Complete Monster).

This phenomenon has been subjected to academic analysis by ethnographer Camille Bacon-Smith and MIT's Henry Jenkins. Jenkins suggests in Textual Poachers that fanfiction is a reaction on the part of a female audience trying to find their own pleasures in media that caters mostly to males.

See also Shipping, Slash Fic, Everyone Is Gay, Estrogen Brigade, Het is Ew, Mary Sue. Compare Most Writers Are Male and Most Tropers Are Young Nerds. Combine with The Internet Is for Porn to get All Women Are Lustful.

Creates a paradox when faced with the trope There Are No Girls on the Internet.

Only examples where a character in the work writes a fanfic are to be added. Parodies and deconstructions should not be added.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 

    Comics 
  • The new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, writes Avengers and X-Men fanfics. Specifically, about the Avengers' adventures on "Planet Unicorn", and Wolverine's and Storm's in space (where they fight worm hole farting monsters for example).
  • Averted in Loki: Agent Of Asgard where Loki himself admits he writes and publishes fan fics online. Slash fan fics. Which are apparently "the most horrible slash upon the Internet".

    Literature 
  • This trope forms part of the main plot in Rainbow Rowell's YA novel Fangirl.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Supernatural has an entire in-universe slash fandom, implied to be primarily female, writing about the show's main characters. The show also features a female slash fic writer as a recurring character, with serious stalking tendency.
  • In the season two Psych episode with the case at the school for smart kids, one of the (male) students says to Shawn:
    Student: Any leads? I'm adapting this into a Nancy Drew fanfic.
  • Inverted with Glee; Sandy openly admits to writing fanfiction.
  • It's implied that Willow of Buffy the Vampire Slayer used to write Doogie Howser, M.D. fanfic. (This is probably a Shout-Out to Neil Patrick Harris, the star of that show, who is a friend of Joss Whedon. And funnily enough, her eventual co-star on How I Met Your Mother.)
  • In Degrassi: The Next Generation, Clare starts writing Mary Sue fanfic based on a fictional vampire book series called Fortnight.
  • In an episode of Monk, Monk's self-proclaimed biggest fan asks him why doesn't he use his gun during a case. When he tells her that he doesn't carry one, she remembers that she made that detail up in a fanfic she wrote about him.
  • Inverted in Parks and Recreation. Ben Wyatt is known to write Star Trek fanfic.

    Video Games 
  • In Dragon Age II, Isabela writes "friend fiction". We only get to hear a bit featuring Aveline and Donnic but according to Isabela, she does it for everyone.
    • However, she does it only as a fan of Varric, who is also a professional writer, who uses his friends as thinly veiled "inspirations" all the time.
  • In the Fable III side quest, The Pen is Mightier, one of the books is entitled The Pangs of Sunset. It is essentially just an erotic novel featuring the Heros from the previous game. It is implied to contain both Slash and Femslash and is written by a woman named Ilona Pureheart

    Web Comics 
  • Garnet and Gure features this strip, wherein the largely female culture of fanfiction is explained.
  • Questionable Content features two female fanfic writers, Tai and Marigold; Tai's stuff is apparently good (she writes a raved about Harry Potter piece), Marigold's, not so much. After a near miss where lesbian Tai hits on straight Marigold, the latter seeks to make up for the awkwardness by posting a story to Tai wherein Hermione and Ginny "go all the way."
  • Aeris from VG Cats writes erotic fanfiction about Tidus and Auron, has dreams about Fox and Falco, and likes the idea of a hot molotov throbbing in Bill's hand.
  • In Homestuck, the female Cherub Calliope (UranianUmbra) admits to writing fanfic about the Alpha Kids.
    • Vriska has a diary from her ancestor who she strives to emulate, the notorious pirate Marquise Spineret Mindfang, who writes in an overwrought, awkwardly sexual, fanfiction-like style. When we meet Mindfang's alternate universe self, she is a fanfic writer. We also discover Meulin, who writes 'friendfic' speculating on ships.
    • And then there's "Complacency of the Learned", a wizard fan fiction by Rose Lalonde.
  • In Shortpacked!, Amber writes a Web Serial Novel that is a pastiche of Twilight.
  • Rinnie from Blaster Nation is a female fanfiction writer, specialized in adult Slash Fics mostly involving heroes from comics. And Batman.

     Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • In an episode of Family Guy, Peter insists that Meg is going to write Ugly Betty fanfiction for a career.
  • Tina from Bob's Burgers has shelves dedicated to erotic fanfiction she's written. (In fact, she's written so much of it she's moved onto erotic friendfiction.)
    Louise: Ooo! Have you shipped the janitor and the lunch lady, yet? I always thought they'd have cute kids.
    Tina: I have, and they don't.
  • Candace from Phineas and Ferb writes superhero fanfiction, according to Mission Marvel.

    Other 
  • This Time article on fan fiction mentions this phenomenon.
  • An article by the Guardian also mentions this observation, linking directly to this very page.
  • Statistically, there are more female doujinshi creators than male, even among the ones who make porn. Comiket has always had a massive female attendance, and even some of the biggest names in eroge writing (ex: Tori, writer of the majority of the Rance series) are women.


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