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Sophinisba Solis ([personal profile] sophinisba) wrote2011-04-15 03:37 pm

AO3 hitcount meme

Here is a fun meme that I saw on [personal profile] torachan's journal and since then on a few others'. My top-ten fics by AO3 hitcounts:

1. Too Marvelous for Words, Merlin: Arthur/Merlin, 660 hits
2. Talking Books and Burning Sticks (The Excellent Adventure Remix), Merlin: Gwen/Merlin and Arthur/Gwen/Merlin, 577 hits
3. Slipped the Dragon's Mind (The Sekrit OTP Remix), Merlin: Gwen/Morgana, 440 hits
4. Sick, Children of Men: Kee gen, 400 hits
5. Be So Bold, Merlin: Gwen/Morgana, 398 hits
6. I'll Be Yr Bird (Remix under the Dirt), Merlin: gennish Arthur/Merlin, 349
7. Keep Your Head Down, Merlin: Merlin/Uther, 338
8. We'll Slide Down the Surface of Things, Merlin: Arthur/Gwen and Arthur/Gwen/Merlin, 310
9. Lady in Waiting, Merlin: Gwen/Morgana and Gwen/knights, 308
10. The Second Wedding, Merlin: Arthur/Gwen and Arthur/Gwen/Merlin, 276

-1 is the only explicit Arthur/Merlin fic I've written; it's been sort of amusing to watch it steadily gaining on and surpassing all the others over the last couple months, like an inexorable force. That said, I'm pretty happy with the spread of genres on this list: three het/threesome, three femslash(y), two boyslash, and two gen(ish).
-2, 3, and 4 were for fests hosted on the AO3: RemixRedux 2010, [personal profile] camelotremix, and Yuletide 2009
-I've written four fics for the Merlin kink meme, and in each case when I went back to de-anon I gave links for LJ, DW, and the AO3. Three of those four stories are here (1, 8, and 9) and the other's in my top 20. Lots of people read at that comm!
-All except 4 are in Merlin fandom and all except 7 were written in the last two years. Well, I haven't written much else in the last two years.

It's been nice having a fandom (and a friendly niche within the fandom) where I feel fairly settled again, after I lost most of my interest in hobbit fandom and spent a few years of wandering around in the wilds of multifannishness. I always liked doing small fandom stuff but trying to write Doctor Who or Harry Potter was sort of scary, when there was so much out there but nobody knew me.

I do miss hobbit fandom and reading hobbit fic, where the characters are so affectionate and there's SO MUCH good genfic. I was looking at some old stuff today and thinking it's a shame that Amplificathon points are weighted toward multiple rare pairings but not so much toward gen, though of course I could still do some and get points. And even though a lot of the meanness and narrow-mindedness have stuck with me, there was always really a lot of fun and porn and variety and cool challenges, and people were so great about welcoming me to the community even though I came late to the scene.

It's coming up this month on 6 years since I wrote my first fanfic, the Frodo interspecies MPREG and I emailed to [ profile] lilybaggins. She posted it anonymously on her journal because at the time I was planning to have a very respectable career as a serious Frodo/Sam fan. :D I never did end up writing any F/S! And as it turns out (Claudia and I have discussed this a bit), the interspecies MPREG that was so much decried back in the day seems to do pretty well on the AO3! Lots of hits anyway, if not a ton of comments. And of course those lovely canon-compliant genfics that we worked so hard on are languishing in obscurity. Ah, fandom!

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