Apr. 29th, 2017

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We're watching several TV shows, one episode a day of each. Three shows - four, when The Expanse is on. The Expanse, Wynonna Earp, Limitless, and Fortitude. They're of varying quality, of course, which is interesting in and of itself.

The Expanse, of course, is amazing in every way. Good writing, good casting, good everything. It's got 90 stories on AO3.

Wynonna Earp is less good. It's fun, there's no doubt about that, and it's silly, but it's not good. There are 1029 stories for it on AO3.

Limitless is better than Earp, although it's not really anything great. At least the writers know enough to not try to explain their silly science. 54 stories on AO3.

Fortitude. Ah, now Fortitude is amazing. Brilliantly written, tightly acted, completely unexpected, bitterly and creatively set up ... 11 stories. It's British, so there's Actual Nudity and Adult Stuffs, but we're all adults here.

I'm interested in how the quality of writing in a story affects the number of stories it produces in fandom. Some of Fortitude's low fanfic count is definitely due to it being less well known. But also, there's less room for fill-in stuff. The story is already going in fascinating places and unexpected directions - there's less room for people to add their own interpretations to things.

Limitless didn't make it as a show - it looks like it was cancelled after the first season. It's not surprising; it's not a great show, but better shows than this have lost out on timeslots. There are quite a few different relationships which could be popular, though, and yet it hasn't taken off.

Wynonna Earp is the worst of the bunch. The storylines are confused and random, the acting is extravagant and erratic, and there's a lot of plot holes. It's fun, sure, and I really like that there's a lesbian story without any subtext and without much (so far) angst over the fact that they're lesbians, but writing and acting wise, it's not really at the same level as the rest. I'm not surprised it has loads more fic. There are a lot of interesting relationships to play with, the bad guys are clear-cut and written with fandom in mind - in many ways, the show is written to be attractive to fans.

The Expanse ... should have more stories. There are only 53 stories in the book side of the fandom on AO3, which bring the total to 143. That's unexpectedly low. I know there are loads of fans, but where's the fic?

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