20 February 2009 @ 12:04 pm
[Poll] The Science of Slashiness  
Recently, cimness posted a graph of genius, comparing level of canon gay and quality of canon writing across several fandoms.

I, of course, immediately looked at it and thought: this calls for science. Because clearly what we need are definitive numbers for each of these values for many, many fandoms, so that they can be plotted on graphs. This will make me HAPPY. Possibly it will also make you happy - or perhaps you are just interested in increasing overall happiness in the universe! - in which case I direct you behind the cut.

ETA: lolitakun has provided us with some preliminary scientific results here. Go and behold!



A quick note on the selection of the fandoms: I picked ones I thought a lot of people would have opinions on. If I left something critical out, feel free to tell me in the comments.

A quick note on voting: When I say "slashy," I include femslash. Buffy/Faith, Gabrielle/Xena - these are pairings worth considering! Also, if you haven't seen an episode of the show, please don't vote on canon writing quality. (Ideally, you would have seen three! Or even more!) But if you think you can make a fair estimate of slashiness based on vids or YouTube pieces or transcripts, by all means, vote on that.

ETA: For quality, 1 = worse than anything you could find on fanfiction.net, even if you were funded by a grant solely for the purpose of finding the worst writing the world has ever known. 10 = genius unparalleled. For slashiness, 1 = straighter than a ruler. 10 = they could suck cocks or finger each other right there on the screen and it would only reduce the overall slashiness. Thanks for pointing out the ambiguity, lolaraincoat!

And now it's time for...SCIENCE.

Poll #1352713 Stand back! I'm going to try SCIENCE.
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 369

D. C. Universe (comics only, for this): how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 7.07 Median: 7 Std. Dev 1.74
1
0 (0.0%)
2
2 (1.4%)
3
3 (2.1%)
4
3 (2.1%)
5
18 (12.5%)
6
24 (16.7%)
7
35 (24.3%)
8
32 (22.2%)
9
12 (8.3%)
10
15 (10.4%)

D. C. Universe (comics only): canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 5.14 Median: 5 Std. Dev 1.61
1
1 (0.8%)
2
4 (3.0%)
3
20 (15.0%)
4
17 (12.8%)
5
35 (26.3%)
6
32 (24.1%)
7
16 (12.0%)
8
6 (4.5%)
9
0 (0.0%)
10
2 (1.5%)

Doctor Who/Torchwood (what we're now calling the Seussiverse in this household): how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 8.66 Median: 9 Std. Dev 1.49
1
0 (0.0%)
2
0 (0.0%)
3
3 (1.2%)
4
1 (0.4%)
5
8 (3.1%)
6
11 (4.3%)
7
22 (8.6%)
8
53 (20.7%)
9
59 (23.0%)
10
99 (38.7%)

Doctor Who/Torchwood: canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 6.29 Median: 6 Std. Dev 1.70
1
0 (0.0%)
2
2 (0.8%)
3
18 (7.1%)
4
19 (7.5%)
5
35 (13.8%)
6
57 (22.5%)
7
63 (24.9%)
8
38 (15.0%)
9
15 (5.9%)
10
6 (2.4%)

due South: how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 8.58 Median: 9 Std. Dev 1.28
1
0 (0.0%)
2
0 (0.0%)
3
1 (0.4%)
4
0 (0.0%)
5
3 (1.1%)
6
15 (5.6%)
7
31 (11.7%)
8
64 (24.1%)
9
76 (28.6%)
10
76 (28.6%)

due South: canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 7.75 Median: 8 Std. Dev 1.60
1
0 (0.0%)
2
1 (0.4%)
3
1 (0.4%)
4
7 (2.7%)
5
16 (6.2%)
6
31 (11.9%)
7
42 (16.2%)
8
73 (28.1%)
9
53 (20.4%)
10
36 (13.8%)

Harry Potter: how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 5.46 Median: 5 Std. Dev 1.97
1
7 (2.1%)
2
12 (3.7%)
3
38 (11.7%)
4
54 (16.6%)
5
53 (16.3%)
6
54 (16.6%)
7
57 (17.5%)
8
34 (10.4%)
9
11 (3.4%)
10
6 (1.8%)

Harry Potter: canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 6.05 Median: 6 Std. Dev 1.77
1
1 (0.3%)
2
8 (2.5%)
3
18 (5.5%)
4
33 (10.1%)
5
56 (17.2%)
6
79 (24.2%)
7
68 (20.9%)
8
39 (12.0%)
9
12 (3.7%)
10
12 (3.7%)

Hercules/Xena: how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 8.84 Median: 9 Std. Dev 1.19
1
0 (0.0%)
2
0 (0.0%)
3
1 (0.4%)
4
1 (0.4%)
5
3 (1.3%)
6
2 (0.9%)
7
17 (7.6%)
8
53 (23.6%)
9
69 (30.7%)
10
79 (35.1%)

Hercules/Xena: canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 4.73 Median: 5 Std. Dev 1.81
1
2 (0.9%)
2
14 (6.5%)
3
46 (21.4%)
4
44 (20.5%)
5
44 (20.5%)
6
29 (13.5%)
7
19 (8.8%)
8
10 (4.7%)
9
4 (1.9%)
10
3 (1.4%)

Highlander: how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 6.99 Median: 7 Std. Dev 1.76
1
1 (0.6%)
2
2 (1.2%)
3
2 (1.2%)
4
6 (3.5%)
5
19 (11.2%)
6
32 (18.8%)
7
47 (27.6%)
8
28 (16.5%)
9
16 (9.4%)
10
17 (10.0%)

Highlander: canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 4.90 Median: 5 Std. Dev 1.95
1
2 (1.2%)
2
19 (11.2%)
3
23 (13.5%)
4
27 (15.9%)
5
39 (22.9%)
6
23 (13.5%)
7
25 (14.7%)
8
5 (2.9%)
9
2 (1.2%)
10
5 (2.9%)

House: how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 6.97 Median: 7 Std. Dev 1.69
1
1 (0.4%)
2
5 (1.8%)
3
5 (1.8%)
4
13 (4.6%)
5
19 (6.8%)
6
51 (18.2%)
7
75 (26.8%)
8
61 (21.8%)
9
39 (13.9%)
10
11 (3.9%)

House: canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 7.27 Median: 7 Std. Dev 1.43
1
0 (0.0%)
2
1 (0.4%)
3
0 (0.0%)
4
11 (4.0%)
5
20 (7.3%)
6
38 (13.8%)
7
77 (28.0%)
8
80 (29.1%)
9
35 (12.7%)
10
13 (4.7%)

Jossverse: how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 7.30 Median: 7 Std. Dev 1.73
1
1 (0.3%)
2
4 (1.4%)
3
3 (1.0%)
4
7 (2.4%)
5
25 (8.7%)
6
39 (13.5%)
7
76 (26.3%)
8
67 (23.2%)
9
34 (11.8%)
10
33 (11.4%)

Jossverse: canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 8.01 Median: 8 Std. Dev 1.34
1
0 (0.0%)
2
0 (0.0%)
3
0 (0.0%)
4
3 (1.0%)
5
8 (2.8%)
6
26 (9.0%)
7
61 (21.2%)
8
78 (27.1%)
9
73 (25.3%)
10
39 (13.5%)

Lord of the Rings (trilogy, not RPS): how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 6.43 Median: 7 Std. Dev 2.18
1
7 (2.5%)
2
7 (2.5%)
3
18 (6.3%)
4
25 (8.8%)
5
29 (10.2%)
6
47 (16.5%)
7
52 (18.2%)
8
55 (19.3%)
9
24 (8.4%)
10
21 (7.4%)

Lord of the Rings: canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 8.12 Median: 8 Std. Dev 1.68
1
0 (0.0%)
2
0 (0.0%)
3
5 (1.8%)
4
8 (2.9%)
5
10 (3.6%)
6
18 (6.4%)
7
42 (15.0%)
8
66 (23.6%)
9
63 (22.5%)
10
68 (24.3%)

Merlin: how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 8.87 Median: 9 Std. Dev 1.19
1
0 (0.0%)
2
0 (0.0%)
3
0 (0.0%)
4
3 (1.3%)
5
3 (1.3%)
6
2 (0.9%)
7
15 (6.7%)
8
45 (20.0%)
9
78 (34.7%)
10
79 (35.1%)

Merlin: canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 5.35 Median: 6 Std. Dev 1.97
1
8 (3.7%)
2
12 (5.5%)
3
19 (8.8%)
4
31 (14.3%)
5
35 (16.1%)
6
49 (22.6%)
7
36 (16.6%)
8
18 (8.3%)
9
6 (2.8%)
10
3 (1.4%)

Stargate: SG-1: how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 6.66 Median: 7 Std. Dev 1.78
1
5 (2.1%)
2
1 (0.4%)
3
7 (2.9%)
4
9 (3.7%)
5
30 (12.3%)
6
52 (21.4%)
7
62 (25.5%)
8
46 (18.9%)
9
19 (7.8%)
10
12 (4.9%)

Stargate: SG-1: canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 5.76 Median: 6 Std. Dev 1.71
1
1 (0.4%)
2
10 (4.2%)
3
13 (5.5%)
4
29 (12.3%)
5
41 (17.4%)
6
59 (25.0%)
7
53 (22.5%)
8
18 (7.6%)
9
10 (4.2%)
10
2 (0.8%)

Stargate: SGA: how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 7.50 Median: 8 Std. Dev 1.70
1
1 (0.3%)
2
3 (1.0%)
3
6 (2.1%)
4
3 (1.0%)
5
22 (7.6%)
6
27 (9.4%)
7
68 (23.6%)
8
82 (28.5%)
9
42 (14.6%)
10
34 (11.8%)

Stargate: SGA: canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 4.94 Median: 5 Std. Dev 1.78
1
4 (1.4%)
2
23 (8.0%)
3
31 (10.7%)
4
58 (20.1%)
5
70 (24.2%)
6
55 (19.0%)
7
23 (8.0%)
8
15 (5.2%)
9
8 (2.8%)
10
2 (0.7%)

Smallville: how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 8.53 Median: 9 Std. Dev 1.29
1
0 (0.0%)
2
1 (0.4%)
3
0 (0.0%)
4
1 (0.4%)
5
5 (2.1%)
6
6 (2.6%)
7
27 (11.5%)
8
66 (28.2%)
9
68 (29.1%)
10
60 (25.6%)

Smallville: canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 3.72 Median: 4 Std. Dev 1.82
1
22 (9.6%)
2
42 (18.3%)
3
45 (19.6%)
4
55 (23.9%)
5
35 (15.2%)
6
13 (5.7%)
7
9 (3.9%)
8
3 (1.3%)
9
6 (2.6%)
10
0 (0.0%)

Star Trek: TOS: how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 7.28 Median: 7.5 Std. Dev 1.80
1
3 (1.6%)
2
0 (0.0%)
3
4 (2.1%)
4
4 (2.1%)
5
13 (6.8%)
6
39 (20.3%)
7
33 (17.2%)
8
48 (25.0%)
9
28 (14.6%)
10
20 (10.4%)

Star Trek: TOS: canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 5.82 Median: 6 Std. Dev 1.58
1
0 (0.0%)
2
3 (1.6%)
3
13 (7.0%)
4
18 (9.7%)
5
44 (23.8%)
6
42 (22.7%)
7
42 (22.7%)
8
17 (9.2%)
9
3 (1.6%)
10
3 (1.6%)

Supernatural: how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 6.93 Median: 7 Std. Dev 2.27
1
10 (4.6%)
2
6 (2.7%)
3
5 (2.3%)
4
7 (3.2%)
5
21 (9.6%)
6
19 (8.7%)
7
49 (22.4%)
8
51 (23.3%)
9
27 (12.3%)
10
24 (11.0%)

Supernatural: canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 6.02 Median: 6 Std. Dev 1.82
1
2 (0.9%)
2
5 (2.3%)
3
13 (6.0%)
4
22 (10.1%)
5
37 (17.1%)
6
52 (24.0%)
7
43 (19.8%)
8
23 (10.6%)
9
15 (6.9%)
10
5 (2.3%)

The Sentinel: how slashy?

View Answers
Mean: 8.93 Median: 9 Std. Dev 1.27
1
0 (0.0%)
2
1 (0.6%)
3
0 (0.0%)
4
0 (0.0%)
5
4 (2.3%)
6
1 (0.6%)
7
13 (7.4%)
8
36 (20.5%)
9
46 (26.1%)
10
75 (42.6%)

The Sentinel: canon writing quality?

View Answers
Mean: 3.97 Median: 4 Std. Dev 2.00
1
11 (6.5%)
2
38 (22.4%)
3
28 (16.5%)
4
33 (19.4%)
5
25 (14.7%)
6
14 (8.2%)
7
11 (6.5%)
8
7 (4.1%)
9
0 (0.0%)
10
3 (1.8%)
 
 
( Read 126 commentsLeave a comment )
afrikate: hungover!fuckedout!deanafrikate on February 20th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
I think your science is genius, but I need to comment at the moment because Supernatural is currently an average of 6.66 slashy, and that's got to mean something, right?
Very inconvenient, as now I have no shaving-glassdzurlady on February 20th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
Hee, awesome. :)
tried to eat the safe banana: Fish tonguethefourthvine on February 21st, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Probably it means I should surround this poll with virtual salt. Except I don't know how. *frets*