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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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Iphiginia Saberhagenfanofall on October 22nd, 2004 05:41 pm (UTC)
GAH! Yesterday?! Ugh.

And you say "overachiever", I say "false start". :-D Hee.