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Picking the collective brain

Was chatting with [info - personal] renay about fandom stuff, and we got to wondering something that really requires the collective consciousness of fandom. So, have a poll.

Do you consider FFX and FFX-2 to be a single fandom or two separate fandoms?

One fandom
20(66.7%)
Two fandoms
10(33.3%)

FF.net splits FFX and FFX-2 into separate, unrelated categories. If you were to post a story including both FFX-only and X-2 only characters, which category would you put it in?

FFX
1(3.2%)
FFX-2
7(22.6%)
It depends on who the main character/pairing is
20(64.5%)
It depends on another factor which I will explain in comments
3(9.7%)

If you were in an archive with one category named FFX, would you expect to find and/or feel comfortable posting FFX-2 fic there?

Yes
23(74.2%)
No
6(19.4%)
It depends, and I will explain why in comments
2(6.5%)

If you were in an archive with one category named FFX/X-2, would you expect to find and/or feel comfortable posting FFX fic that disregards X-2 canon there?

Yes
28(90.3%)
No
3(9.7%)
It depends, and I will explain why in comments
0(0.0%)

Do you consider FFVII Compilation to be a single fandom or a collection of separate fandoms?

One fandom
17(56.7%)
Multiple fandoms
12(40.0%)
Something else which I will explain in comments
1(3.3%)

Do you consider "Ivalice Alliance" to be one fandom or multiple fandoms?

One fandom
4(13.3%)
Each game is a separate fandom
10(33.3%)
The XII games are one fandom and the Tactics games are another
10(33.3%)
The XII games are one fandom, but the Tactics games are separate fandoms
5(16.7%)
The Tactics games are one fandom, but the XII games are separate fandoms
0(0.0%)
Something else which I will explain in comments
1(3.3%)

Which of these fandoms do you consider yourself to be part of? (just for informational purposes)

Final Fantasy
2(6.5%)
FFVII (any or all)
1(3.2%)
FFX and/or FFX-2
2(6.5%)
FFXII (any or all)
0(0.0%)
FF Tactics (any or all)
0(0.0%)



Please spread this one far and wide; I want as broad a sampling as possible. Also, my standard disclaimer: I welcome open and honest discussion, but I request that you not flame FFX-2 in comments -- flawed or no, I happen to be quite fond of it, so if anyone comes out with the burning hatred, the conversation isn't going to get very far. Thanks.

Comments

gunshou
Oct. 18th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
I group fanfics the same way I group icons: FFX/X-2 are the same fandom, FFXII/RW are the same fandom, FFVII and all its Complicated children are the same fandom. The continuation of plot threads and characterizations seems to be the deciding factor for me, rather than simply character appearances or settings. I consider Dissidia separate from all the above, despite having the focal pro- and antagonists of the main series games; it comprises its own fandom based on the differences in gameplay, plot, and development of the characters.

I grouped the non-XII Ivalice games together because I've never played them and don't know much about them, but after reading lassarina's comment, I suppose they should be separated if I were to use my plot/characterization criteria.
owlmoose
Oct. 18th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Although I haven't played Dissidia, I assume that it would stand on its own canonically because the characters aren't in their usual contexts. I'd put that in the same bucket as Kingdom Hearts, which I don't think anyone would seriously argue is within the FFVII, FFVIII, or FFX/X-2 canons. An AU of them, perhaps, but that's not the same thing.

The more I hear about the Tactics games, the more I think they probably do stand alone.

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