I am still not seeing a light at the end of the work tunnel, but BY GOD I am going to continue to have some kind of fannish presence. I'll do a life post SOMETIME, I promise, but right now I just want to do this top 10 AO3 fics meme I am seeing around because it interests the shit out of me.
So the idea is to sort your fics posted on AO3 by hit count, post the top ten and try to analyse your results. And GO.
1. James Cameron Got It Wrong
Higher count than any other by almost DOUBLE. Yeah it's a big bang and a popular pairing (Frank/ Gerard) with bonus crazy threesomes (Frank/Frank/Gerard) but STILL. It blows me away that this crazy fic has been read so many times. YOU GUYSS. <3
2. Price Of Pretty
I find it HILARIOUS that this is number two. 1600 hits and ZERO comments and mostly guest kudos? WHO ARE ALL YOU PEOPLE READING THIS FIC? You don't want people to know about your thing for spanking? Is that it? I DON'T UNDERSTAND. Well far be it for me to judge. GO YOU GOOD LURKERS. MORE POWER TO YOU.
3. Reaching Through The Mirror
Gerard/Gerard prequel from the same verse as James Cameron so I guess that makes sense. But I love that my top three basically goes: SELFCEST THREESOME, SPANKING and SELFCEST. /o\ Go me.
4. Tell Me Something True
A Mikey/Ray in position 4! You guys, you have NO IDEA how much this pleases me. I know it's probably mostly traffic via James Cameron since they are in the same 'verse but I STILL adore that a Mikey/Ray is doing so well. LOVE THIS PAIRING.
5. Feeling A Moment
Frank/Gerard podfic co-op with podklb
- I am not really sure why this one is up so high, probably because of the podfic because klb is such an awesome reader. Also NO SEX IN THIS ONE. WHAAAT.
6. No Experience Necessary
999 (somebody click now!)
My very first bigbang! The pizza 'verse. My first long trying-to-have-a-plot bandom fic with HS Frank/Gerard and Mikey/Ray I love it and want to cradle it to my bosom and I'm so happy it's still getting read.
7. Against The Wall
Oooh it's a tight race between positions 6 and 7! More D/s in the BDSM dom!Frankie verse from Price of Pretty. I guess people like BDSM fic?
8. Emergency Contact
I am ASTOUNDED to see this one in the top ten. When I first posted this fic it had very low views, but I think it had something of a renaissance when pennyplainknits
podficced it and suddenly it climbed the list. Also YAY because Pete/Patrick/Mikey is a threesome I will ALWAYS love and there will never be enough of.
9. Ass-Kickin' Chick Music
fic! Only very recently posted always-a-girl!Gerard/always-a-girl!
Frank, I'm so chuffed it made the list. I didn't think it would get much readership being femmeslash and yet... wow! Interestingly the LJ version of this fic seemed to get less traffic than the AO3 version, so it's possible that people's reading habits are changing?
10. In Production
Awwww I am so glad this one made the list! My second ever big bang, the movie AU of my HEART that was Gerard/Brian, Pete/Patrick, Bob/Ryan so it was never going to be a fandom favourite, but I'm VERY stoked it's made the top 10.
Honorable mentions: More BDSM fic
at number 11, Waycest snowballing threesome
came in at number 12 and my other-fandom Misfits selfcest fic
at Number 13. WEIRD, you guys, WEIRD.
What does this MEAN? I... don't really know. People tend to read other fics if they are in a series? People like self cest? People like BDSM? People like PORN? People are less likely to comment on epic porn-fests about spanking?
I DON'T KNOW, YOU GUYS, TELL ME. What does this MEAN?