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Poll About Sex and Fanfic and Readership

This question came up in the comments to a writing meme I did. fiesty_red and I were wondering how many writers add or have ever added sex to a fic when they didn't really want to, just because they thought that's what readers wanted or that they'd lose readers if they didn't write sex. It's an interesting question so I decided to collect some data.

Note: the poll is only concerned with fanfics where there could be sex. That is, fics where there's a pairing (or trio or whatever) or a romance or something, and at least a potential for sex, even if it's not shown or mentioned. Fics which are further (non-sexual or erotic) adventures or new episodes or otherwise not at all concerned with sex or romance don't count.



Poll #1128434 Sex in Fanfic

I...

read and write pairing-based (or trio-based or whatever) fanfic.
190(85.6%)
read but do not write pairing-based (or trio-based or whatever) fanfic.
32(14.4%)

When I'm writing pairing-based fanfic I...

make sure all my fics have explicit sex. (Call it R or NC-17.)
6(3.1%)
never write fics with explicit sex (only write PG-13 or lower rating fics, considering the rating based only on sexual content).
31(15.8%)
sometimes include explicit sex in my fics and sometimes don't.
159(81.1%)

As a writer, I believe that people in my fandom and/or people who have me friended...

mostly prefer fics with explicit sex, and that I could lose most of my readers if I write fics without sex.
12(6.2%)
mostly like fics with explicit sex, and that I could get fewer readers on stories with no sex, although still a decent number.
48(24.9%)
mostly like fics with explicit sex, but also enjoy reading fics for the story or the funny or the angst or the romance or whatever, and that it really doesn't make much difference to number of readers whether a fic has sex in it or not.
129(66.8%)
mostly dislike explicit sex, and that I could get fewer readers on stories with sex, although still a decent number.
4(2.1%)
mostly dislike explicit sex, and that I could lose most of my readers if I write fics with sex.
0(0.0%)

As a writer, I...

love writing sex and believe most people love reading it, woo-hoo!
10(5.1%)
love writing sex and believe there's a decent audience for it.
12(6.1%)
love writing sex and believe few people enjoy reading it.
0(0.0%)
like writing fics both with and without sex. It seems a lot of people read fics with sex but not my fics without.
28(14.3%)
like writing fics both with and without sex. It seems about as many people read fics with sex as my fics without.
92(46.9%)
like writing fics both with and without sex. It seems a lot of people read fics without sex but not fics with.
7(3.6%)
dislike writing sex but believe I have to if I want more than a few people to read my stories.
7(3.6%)
dislike writing sex and believe a decent number of people will read my stories without sex and a decent number won't.
40(20.4%)
dislike writing sex and believe that most people prefer stories without sex.
0(0.0%)

As a writer, I...

have at least once added explicit sex to a fic when I didn't really want to, because I believed that's what the readers want.
48(24.2%)
have never added explicit sex to a fic when I didn't want to.
150(75.8%)

When I'm choosing pairing-based fanfics to read I...

will only read a fic if there's explicit sex, and am disappointed or annoyed if I think a story has sex and it turns out that it doesn't.
0(0.0%)
prefer fic with explicit sex, but will read and enjoy fic without sex if it has some other factor which makes it enjoyable.
59(27.2%)
don't really care whether there's explicit sex or not; I read mainly for some other factor.
138(63.6%)
don't generally care for explicit sex, but will read fics which have it if they're enjoyable enough despite the sex.
20(9.2%)
won't read fics with explicit sex, and am disappointed or annoyed if I read a fic I think doesn't have it and it turns out it does.
0(0.0%)


If I completely missed what you would have answered on one or more questions, or if you have other comments or thoughts or speculations, please say so in comments. Thanks!

Angie
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