The site's favicon.FanFiction.net
is the biggest archive for FanFic anywhere
, offering thousands upon thousands of stories, with a total length somewhere in the range of fifteen to twenty billion
words. As of June 2012, the number of Fanfiction.net user accounts created exceeded 4 million.
Fanfiction.net is free and moderately user-friendly. Most members have a love-hate relationship with it - while there are some authors who post there who are exceptionally
talented, there are many more authors who post there who... aren't
Launched on Thursday October 15, 1998 by webmaster Xing Li, it soon snowballed into something incredible. Its secret to success is its limited moderation and fully-automated system, meaning posting is very quick and easy and can be done by anyone. Pretty much the ultimate expression of Sturgeon's Law
, the site has gotten an exaggerated but not entirely unfounded reputation for representing a lot of the worst excesses of fanfiction.
FF.Net has had such a strong influence on the fan community that it was almost solely responsible for making the Script Fic
obsolete - it banned almost all fics written in this form. This was mostly due to quality concerns over people being extremely lazy in their writing from the format. It has also banned Real Person Fic
due to the potential for libel suits, forcing the RPF communities elsewhere, such as to LiveJournal
Since 2002, it has banned MA and NC-17-rated material and opened up the site to minors (13 year olds). LiveJournal became a haven where those against the vulgarity-ban fled, although AdultFanFiction.net was also born to provide a place to go. See The Other Wiki
There is still a 'Mature' rating category, the tag of which still needs to be manually selected to view adult fics. For a number of years, writers insistent on posting MA and NC-17 material on FF.net despite the ban put their Lemon
there instead. As enforcement was weak at best, ignorance and/or deliberate disregard of the TOS/Guidelines became almost an unspoken norm.
On June 2012, the admins ramped up their enforcement of TOS/guidelines. This included responding to reports of plagiarism, copyrighted material, non-stories, MA material incorrectly rated as M and resulted in the removal and suspension of thousands of stories/accounts which were allegedly in violation of the rules.
In response to the enforcement action, an estimated around 40,000 users migrated the site in favor of Archive of Our Own
, Fic Wad
, Yourfanfiction.com and other fanfic-hosting sites. Key reasons for the outcry were complaints that there was no notice to change the "offending" material. (It should be noted however, that as stated the Terms of Service agreement
for Fanfiction.net, "Fan Fiction
.Net reserves the right to remove Content and User Submissions without prior notice.")
Other reasons for protest include the admins providing vague and unclear reasons for removal of stories, or sometimes no reason given at all. There were also a small number of cases of wrongful removal of stories which were compliant with the guidelines. Some authors who appealed the removal reported that these stories were reinstated with reviews intact on successful appeal. If the author offers to change the content of their stories so that it doesn't match the original scripts they're based on they may also be able to avoid having them taken down. The guidelines however have essentially made Film Fics
no longer allowed, while Twice Told Tales
are risky at best.
One interesting aspect of the site is that it simply is
the reason that the Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls
trope exists. While there has always been a decent female representation within fanfiction, this site really brought it to prominence. The vast majority of the members are, indeed, female and this has actually lead to sort of an inverse of the G.I.R.L.
trope being used on the forums. Certainly, the male members using it as a social network tend to make a big deal out of their gender. The site is also popular as a social network, with a majority of the members signing up specifically for the forums. Much of the problem with the general quality comes from people that write stories without really caring due to either a sense of obligation or to get their name out there. Of course, this doesn't mean that there aren't many people who do want constructive feedback on their actual writing, but due to the very optimistic outlook of most members, it's not really the best place for it.
The site tends to attract quite a bit of Snark Bait
, but like any other large community, that's just to be expected.
The nickname "Pit of Voles" comes from a Google-bombing campaign that succeeded for a while in making FanFiction.net the number 1 Google search result for that phrase. The aforementioned AdultFanFiction.net is known as the Uber-Pit. Currently, FanFiction.net is the fifth result for this phrase, with the Urban Dictionary definitions linking to FanFiction.net as first and second. Third? This article.
It also has a sister site, FictionPress
. It hosts original fiction instead of fanfiction.
As of May 20th, 2014, the following 30 fandoms had at least 30,000 submissions on FanFiction.net note
(Story-count on the site has been rounded to approximate numbers as of late.)
Over 100,000 stories
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 47,700 stories
- Sherlock: 46,400 stories
- Fullmetal Alchemist: 45,000 stories
- Dragon Ball Z: 42,700 stories
- Gundam Wing: 41,200 stories
- Digimon: 40,700 stories
- Sailor Moon: 39,500 stories
- The Hunger Games: 39,200 stories
- Final Fantasy VII: 38,800 stories
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: 37,900 stories note
- NCIS: 37,500 stories
- Teen Titans: 36,500 stories
- Wrestling: 36,100 stories note
- Death Note: 33,800 stories
- Sonic the Hedgehog: 32,700 stories
- Star Wars: 32,200 stories note
It's been noted that the more popular fandoms are split between multiple media - this can make them difficult to sort and count. The site also has a Crossovers section, so eloquently designed that you can find the people who think it's a good idea to cross Harry Potter
with Leave It to Beaver
within three clicks.
Franchises and shared universes with over 25,000 stories combined
- Final Fantasy actually breaks in at 8th with over 76,000 stories if taken as a collective instead of individual games. It even has its own crossover section.
- The Stargate Verse is over 46,000 when including Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe, and the single story written for Stargate Infinity.
- The X-Men franchise as a whole has well over 44,000 stories, split between comics, movies and cartoons.
- Star Wars also has several smaller sections dedicated to various aspects of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, which combine for 4,000 more stories over the 36,000+ of the movie series itself, for a total of 40,000+
- The Star Trek franchise has more than 36,000 hits, but it's spread between several shows and a film.
- The Nick Verse is close to 30,000 stories, with iCarly and Victorious accounting for 26,000 of those.
- The Disney Channel Live Action Universe combines for over 26,000, with 12,000 coming from Hannah Montana (though much is the fandom is Miley Cyrus/ Nick Jonas that has nothing to do with the show), with Austin & Ally, Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Shake It Up providing several thousand stories each.
- The Whoniverse has over 73,000 stories as a whole - and this total doesn't take into account crossovers. Even if crossovers with its own spinoffs are excluded, Doctor Who still has the most crossovers among any TV show.
An interesting piece of trivia while most of the stories are in English, Screenplays section is predominantly Indonesian with nearly 22,000 of the 23,000+ stories in the language.
For a more complete list of individual fanfics that can be found on Fanfiction.net, go here
. Note that stories listed there are not necessarily exclusive to FFN, and some may also be mirrored on other fanfiction sites.