I was pondering, yesterday morning on my way into work, the general fandom derision of high school AUs. When reccea and I were first discussing the concept of The Best Things in Life are Free I said, "I'm not writing a high schoool AU!" Sadly, I already had and didn't have a leg to stand on so I went ahead and did it. And I've actually gotten a lot of comments from people who don't usually read high school AUs. To which my first reaction was, "Oh, me neither!" Followed up by, "Um." And then, if/when my brain engages, "Dude, I'm flattered! But um. Why'd you even start this one?" Which is not meant as a slight at all, but really, what would motivate someone to read in a...cliche?...that they ordinarily would pass by?
I liked high school. I'll say it up front. ;) I wasn't terribly popular and I was bored and ready to get out and go on to other things by my senior year, but I had my close friends and usually when I got too far ahead of the class, one of my teachers would give me extra books to read or something and it wasn't so terrible a trial. The first high school AU I worked on was for JLU and while is still hasn't seen the light of day, I have to admit that greengal and I started it because...there was a really terrible version and we thought we could do better.
But back to the topic at hand, which is what motivates readership, I have made a poll. Because I have a randomly insane attachment to the poll function. But I saved your eyes by putting it under a cut.
I Read High School AUs!
If you picked 'Never' or 'Sometimes' why do you not read high school AUs?
If you checked 'Other', explicate:
If you picked 'Yes!' to question 1, why?
If you chose 'Other' then you know what to do.
If you don't usually read high school AUs, what would make you start one?
If you picked 'Other' for question 6, cough it up.0
In lieu of ticky box...any other comments?