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Poll: Crossovers, Oh My

Recently, I was moderately flabbergasted to come upon a Highlander x Yami no Matsuei crossover. I had one of those moments of staring blankly at the computer screen, trying to figure out if I had experienced a sudden linguistic disconnect, and maybe in this language "Highlander x Yami no Matsuei crossover" actually meant "now we all get cake" or something, because surely such a thing, defined as I understood it, was totally impossible.

And then I read it, and realized that, no, it isn't impossible, and I was forced once again to reflect on the fact that Highlander seems to be a fandom that is just very open to crossovers. I know that's partly because, hey, you've got 5,000 years of mostly unfilled Methos backstory, and who is to say he didn't pick up a young Christopher Keller in a gay bar? He could have! He could also have spent fifteen years traveling around with Doctor Who. I mean, it's not like he'd necessarily bring either of those things up in conversation. But also, just, the Highlander universe seems to be unusually smooshy - it is totally willing to cozy up to, maybe even move in with, other canons, as I'm reminded every time the HL newsletter comes out and most of the new stories are crossovers.

Naturally, I got to wondering: what other fandoms are particularly crossover-friendly? And that led, inevitably, to thoughts of those fandoms that are much, much harder to work into crossovers. Which led to thoughts of AUs, which in turn took me to a terrifying meta place, and Best Beloved had to come talk me down. "How about a poll?" she said. "Polls are fun! And, also, you can probably finish one before you fall asleep." (Whereas with actual meta - at the rate I'm currently finishing stuff, I'd have it ready for posting in, um, 2012 or thereabouts, assuming no delays for rain.)

So perhaps you would like to write my meta for me? I offer ticky boxes as incentive!

Which fandoms are especially amenable to crossovers?

Angel and Buffy
4(1.2%)
Anime (sorry, but there's no room in the poll maker to divide it out)
0(0.0%)
Bandom
2(0.6%)
Comics (DCU, Marvel, maybe Jack Chick)
3(0.9%)
Doctor Who (new) and Torchwood
9(2.7%)
due South
0(0.0%)
Harry Potter
1(0.3%)
Highlander
3(0.9%)
Lord of the Rings
0(0.0%)
Pirates of the Caribbean
0(0.0%)
Smallville
0(0.0%)
Sports Night
0(0.0%)
Star Trek
1(0.3%)
SGA and SG1
3(0.9%)
Supernatural
1(0.3%)

TFV, you totally failed to include the BEST FANDOM EVER for crossovers, and it is:

Which fandoms are especially crossover-resistant?

Angel and Buffy
0(0.0%)
Anime
0(0.0%)
Bandom
1(0.3%)
Comics (DCU, Marvel, etc.)
1(0.3%)
Doctor Who (new) and Torchwood
1(0.3%)
due South
2(0.7%)
Harry Potter
4(1.4%)
Highlander
0(0.0%)
Lord of the Rings
52(17.7%)
Pirates of the Caribbean
4(1.4%)
Smallville
1(0.3%)
Sports Night
9(3.1%)
Star Trek
4(1.4%)
SGA and SG1
1(0.3%)
Supernatural
0(0.0%)

There is a fandom so resistant to crossovers that 25% of writers who attempt it do not survive, and it is:

Do fandoms that are good for crossovers tend to be good for AUs (and ones bad for crossovers tend to be bad for AUs)?

Yes, in general way, though of course generalizations lead to insomnia and dropsy.
150(53.6%)
No, in a general way, although a counter-example might appear at any time.
73(26.1%)
This is too complicated a topic to reduce to mere radio buttons. Only a comment can encompass my thoughts on the matter.
57(20.4%)

The head-splittingest crossover imaginable (two fandoms only!) is:

My secret dream crossover of insanity (two fandoms only!) is:

Tags: [poll], crossovers
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