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21 October 2004 @ 11:04 pm
Poll: When fan fiction meets real life, what happens?  
In America at this time of year, we get extremely used to answering invasive questions from total strangers. So I thought I'd conduct a poll that could yield potentially interesting results.

Basically, I'm curious about how you handle the interaction between your real life and your fan life; as someone who just recently invited a real-life, pre-fandom friend to view this rather fannish LJ, I find this a topic of relevance right now. And it's sure less depressing than all the political polls I've been reading.


Poll #370787 When fan fiction meets real life, what happens?

Gender?

Male, or mostly male.
8(3.3%)
Female, or mostly female.
235(95.5%)
Other (elaborate in the comments, if you feel like it).
3(1.2%)
I'd really rather not say.
0(0.0%)

What's your sexual preference?

Straight.
73(29.8%)
Bisexual, but mostly on the straight side.
62(25.3%)
Bisexual.
56(22.9%)
Bisexual, but mostly on the gay side.
22(9.0%)
Gay.
12(4.9%)
I refuse to choose. Or maybe I just refuse to tell you.
15(6.1%)
Other (elaborate in the comments, if you feel like it).
5(2.0%)

What's your most serious current relationship?

I'm single.
140(56.9%)
Dating, but not serious.
13(5.3%)
Dating. Seriously.
20(8.1%)
Living with someone, married, committed for all eternity, etc.
62(25.2%)
Ending a relationship. Thanks so much for bringing that up.
5(2.0%)
Other (please elaborate in the comments).
6(2.4%)

If you've got a Someone Special, does that person know you're into fan fiction, slash, etc.?

Yes. The whole deal - the smut, the perversion, the orgies.
63(46.0%)
Yes, in a general way, but not so much with the cocks and so on.
24(17.5%)
Yes, but we never speak of it.
8(5.8%)
God, I hope not. But he or she might suspect.
2(1.5%)
No, but I'm considering telling him or her.
5(3.6%)
No, and he or she will find out over my dead body, and with luck not then.
13(9.5%)
Other (please elaborate in comments).
11(8.0%)

Does anyone in your real life (besides that Someone Special, if applicable) know about this fan fiction/slash/smut thing?

Yes. Every single person I know: family, friends, religious officials, and the tax authorities.
11(4.5%)
Yes, most people, but there's at least one person I hope to god will never find out.
56(22.8%)
Yes, at least one relative.
13(5.3%)
Yes, at least one friend.
66(26.8%)
Yes, at least one co-worker.
0(0.0%)
Yes, my therapist or religious official or other spiritual, psychological, or moral authority.
0(0.0%)
No. I believe in separation of life and smut.
29(11.8%)
Other (please elaborate in comments).
11(4.5%)

If you've told someone from your real life about this whole fan fiction/slash/smut thing, how did he or she take it?

Actually, I found out he or she is also into this.
20(9.0%)
Very well. In fact, I made a convert.
13(5.9%)
Very well. Cheerful and interested acceptance.
40(18.1%)
Fairly well. Some temporary geechiness, but now he or she is totally fine with it.
37(16.7%)
So-so. Not as bad as it could have been, but not as good as I'd hoped.
11(5.0%)
Not so well. We pretend I never mentioned it, or otherwise avoid the topic.
8(3.6%)
Not so well. There was some arguing.
2(0.9%)
Badly. There was serious arguing.
0(0.0%)
Really badly. Let's just say that person and I don't speak much anymore.
0(0.0%)
Other (please elaborate in comments).
11(5.0%)
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tried to eat the safe banana: Wombat crossingthefourthvine on October 22nd, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, roleplaying games. I started there myself. What games do you play?

All three of those responses actually sound pretty good. (And, hey, if you get teased too much by Very Straight men, you can always retaliate with lesbian porn/threesome fantasy teasing. Seems to me your average straight guy should get this better than anyone besides a fellow slasher.) I'm really encouraged, overall, by the results of this poll and by the comments people are making.