Just a survey to help writers determine how to get interest in their fanfics. This is concerning fanfics that you've viewed only on the main board menu and have no previous knowledge about.
What is the main thing that attracts your interest in a random Fanfic?
It'll have to be the title, which will draw me in. I don't really care much for FanFic even though I'm on this forum. Partly because most people deviate from the characters and the stories are off.
The actual story content is what truly will keep me reading. The premise and if the writer can present the story in a well written form.
I think title and character have to be synonymous in fan-fic. If you don't include the character in your title, you lose half of your potential readers right away, because there's a Superman vs. Galactus right below it that will catch their attention, and a Hulk vs. Darkseid above it that they're still thinking about.
I went with characters/teams used. They're the bedrock of any story which is why they are the most attractive feature. Boring titles aren't necessarily a dealbreaker for me but poor characters are. Also, if I already know of the writer than the story in question isn't actually random for me. Fan-fic groups would come in a close second.
I read a lot of works, I have my favourites because of their consistency (sometimes inconsistency) of their work. I don't care if its Superman or Spider-Man, some of the better works are the Character Creation Contests where original work shines.
A good author/writer goes a long way helps towards my choice of what I read though
None of the above. Sure title, writer and characters do count but in the end I just go for the random button press. Also comments/views is a bit of a farce there are plenty of good titles that have low views/comments. I generally comment on what I read because I know how demoralising it is to work your soul on something and have people seemingly ignore it.
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