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BigBang: Where are the novel-length stories in femmeslash?

Well...

Date: 2012-07-31 12:59 am (UTC)
angel_negra: Luka and Ahim, OTP (Luka_Ahim_OTP)
From: [personal profile] angel_negra
There is [community profile] thelittlebang. I wrote in that last year and it was a lot of fun. I've run into a few SPN ones that sprung out of general Big Bangs for that fandom. There might be more, but sadly not in fandoms I read heavily in or have had time to explore.

ETA: There's also an awesome Zelda/Princess Ruto fic written for a gaming big bang.
Edited (D'oh, forgot to mention my favourite one!) Date: 2012-07-31 01:04 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-07-31 01:01 am (UTC)
john_egbert: Delicious. ((HS) Roxy & Jane *Smooches*)
From: [personal profile] john_egbert
With this, are you looking for recs? Because I'd be happy to give you some!

Date: 2012-08-02 04:07 am (UTC)
false_alexis: Crashing fox is crashing! (Default)
From: [personal profile] false_alexis
Let me jump in here and say that it is always a good time to share recs! (Even if the original poster isn't particularly looking for them, I certainly am.)

Date: 2012-08-02 04:14 pm (UTC)
john_egbert: Delicious. ((Misc.) Girls *Kiss Kiss*)
From: [personal profile] john_egbert
Okay! :) The one I'm actually reading right now is ShinjiShizaki's Frontierstuck, Rose/Kanaya. It's the tenth-longest Homestuck fanfic on AO3, which is cool, and it's also a Space Western AU about dimension-hopping alchemists who fight demons with an interspecies f/f romance as the main pair. So, pretty awesome, IMO.

And Telanu's The Lily and the Crown is an old favorite of mine- it's a Space Opera Devil Wears Prada AU with slavery and rebellion and lots of awesome dynamics.

I think, for me, the biggest problem I have finding f/f longfic is that most of the femslash-friendly fandoms I love are so tiny. (Though, the tradeoff for that is that I've read quite a few really interesting shorter pieces for my tiny fandoms, of the sort I honestly don't think would have come about in a larger, more organized fandom.)

Date: 2012-07-31 01:08 am (UTC)
sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
From: [personal profile] sqbr
Are there less proportionally? Or is it just that there's so little femslash overall?

Date: 2012-07-31 01:28 am (UTC)
angel_negra: Luka and Ahim, OTP (Luka_Ahim_OTP)
From: [personal profile] angel_negra
I think it's pretty proportional to the amount of femslash in a fandom, with the odd exception here and there.

Date: 2012-07-31 02:29 am (UTC)
cest_what: (Scourge Sisters: scalemate pirate)
From: [personal profile] cest_what
I think less so now, but I feel like there was definitely a period where femslash was more likely to be short PWPs rather than stories with plots and strong romances, and therefore less likely to be longfic? I always interpreted those as being written because the author wanted to try a different kind of porn to their usual, rather than because they shipped the characters. But that may have been specific to the fandoms I was moving in.

Date: 2012-07-31 03:42 am (UTC)
angel_negra: LR team shot - minus Ryan. (LR_Team)
From: [personal profile] angel_negra
I do think it depends on the fandom. The few femslash-dominant fandoms I've lurked in tended towards longer fics, or even just fun tropy stuff. And then there's others where, it's been tiny 1-2 people femslash sections and so there's a small handful of fics.

Like, Supernatural - I find - tends towards longer fics in general, so I'm not surprised to find femslash or female-centric work that's long and plotty; granted some of the more vocal sections of Supernatural are very against the female characters, so I'm not surprised to find very little femslash/female centric work when I'm just casually looking for it.

Whereas my main fandom, Power Rangers, rarely tends towards longer fics unless they're gen/Mary Sue focused; plus the slash/femslash sections are super small, so it's rare to find a longfic. But because of the way the show is set up, with the cast changing every year, it's very common to have authors who write multiple pairings and may shift genres depending on the season. But the number of fans tends to change depending on the season, you get people who just started in the current season, or some who've stopped at two seasons ago, etc. So it's harder to get all the femslashers behind one or two pairings, and so it's more likely that you're a "fandom of one" and it makes it harder to motivate yourself to write a lot. (The seasons with a single female in the Ranger roster can be a lot harder for femslash as seasons with two females, for example.) We actually did a femslash ficathon last year and out of 14 participants, we had about 8 totally different seasons far enough apart that not everyone could read because they hadn't seen those seasons - there was a lot of fandoms of two going on there.

Date: 2012-07-31 03:55 am (UTC)
woldy: (Default)
From: [personal profile] woldy
Good question! I have no idea. I wonder if it's possible to pull together some stats on the A03...

Date: 2012-07-31 05:51 am (UTC)
sqbr: me in a graduation outfit. Trust me, I'm a doctor (of maths) (doctor!)
From: [personal profile] sqbr
Super dodgy stats:
2721 femslash,35 over 50K : about one in 78
15979 slash,345 over 50K : about one in 47

So I guess novel length femslash IS rarer, on average. At least according to this one dodgy test :)

Date: 2012-07-31 12:57 pm (UTC)
havocthecat: the lady of shalott (Default)
From: [personal profile] havocthecat
Did you, by any chance, run numbers comparing novel length fic for slash, het, gen, and poly? I wonder if there's the same proportion of novel length fic out there for those types of fics. (The stats would, of course, be super dodgy, I'm aware.)

I am also totally aware that might be too much work! I'm not saying "please do this" just asking if you ended up deciding to check out that too.

Date: 2012-08-01 08:36 pm (UTC)
sqbr: I lay on the couch, suffering an out of spoons error (spoons)
From: [personal profile] sqbr
(shifting this to the right thread to be less confusing, sorry about that!)

I did not! But if someone else crunched the numbers I'd be curious to see the outcome :)

Date: 2012-07-31 05:02 pm (UTC)
woldy: (Femslash!)
From: [personal profile] woldy
Excellent A03 wrangling skills! Thanks :-)

Dodgyness caveat noted, but I'm not surprised that there's less very long femslash. I suspect it takes community support (betas, cheerleaders, ongoing comments) for people to write novel length fic, and that support may be less forthcoming for less popular pairings.

Date: 2012-07-31 01:54 am (UTC)
fenellaevangela: text: Kirk & Spock & Bones & some guy in a red shirt. (Default)
From: [personal profile] fenellaevangela
There was a femslash-specific Supernatural big bang, but I think it only lasted one round. There were some good fics, even if there weren't very many!

Date: 2012-07-31 12:57 pm (UTC)
havocthecat: the lady of shalott (Default)
From: [personal profile] havocthecat
I made grabby hands and downloaded all of them to my Kindle. But there's a high drop-out rate on femslash big bang-style challenges, I notice.

Date: 2012-07-31 01:11 pm (UTC)
fenellaevangela: text: Kirk & Spock & Bones & some guy in a red shirt. (Default)
From: [personal profile] fenellaevangela
There was a farily high drop out rate in the one I'm thinking of, yeah. Were there a lot of drop outs during [community profile] thelittlebang?

I also remember a multi-fandom femslash big bang on LJ last year that had a good number of authors signed up, but the mods disappeared before the sign up period was over :-(

Date: 2012-08-03 06:08 am (UTC)
el_staplador: (Default)
From: [personal profile] el_staplador
I'm still writing for that one ;-)

Date: 2012-07-31 06:15 am (UTC)
el_staplador: (Default)
From: [personal profile] el_staplador
I'm writing one at the moment, but it's OFC/OFC in a very rare fandom. I'm not sure whether that says more about me or femslash or the fandom - I've never tried writing fanfic that long before, and I felt that I needed space to get an actual plot in there.

Date: 2012-08-07 03:14 am (UTC)
lyssie: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lyssie
Not getting written due to the lack of feedback in proportion to the effort that's demonstrated over and over again in femslash fandoms?

Date: 2012-08-14 12:31 pm (UTC)
kalloway: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kalloway
I had signed up for a FemmeSlash BB last year, wrote madly, and then no posts past the signups ever appeared. I'd totally participate if someone tried to run one again, but I lack the organization/oomph at present to run one on my own.

Date: 2013-05-16 11:37 pm (UTC)
lunarwolfik: (VMars - Veronica and Mac - Perfect OTP)
From: [personal profile] lunarwolfik
Getting the itch to start a femslash big bang now....

Would anyone be interested in helping to mod/host it?

Maybe sign-ups over summer, start date during school, and then due at the end of the first semester (beginning of January), like a "ring in the new year with femslash"??

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