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In lieu of puppies...

Since my day has been severely lacking in puppies, I have created fill-in-the-blank meta instead.

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.


Poll #681971 Do the Time Warp!

I Read High School AUs!

Yes!
71(30.9%)
Sometimes, it depends.
149(64.8%)
Never
10(4.3%)

If you picked 'Never' or 'Sometimes' why do you not read high school AUs?

Bad writing (grammar/spelling)
2(1.3%)
Juvenile writing (simplistic storylines)
5(3.2%)
BAD FLASHBACKS! (you, not the characters)
0(0.0%)
Aversion to AUs
3(1.9%)
Entirely dependent on writer
14(9.1%)
Low expectations
2(1.3%)
Other (See Text Box)
2(1.3%)

If you checked 'Other', explicate:

If you picked 'Yes!' to question 1, why?

Good high school memories!
0(0.0%)
Like AUs in general
18(19.1%)
Just like seeing the characters act younger.
6(6.4%)
Will read anything.
3(3.2%)
Other (You know the drill)
6(6.4%)

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?

Author recognition
1(0.6%)
Story came recommended
3(1.8%)
Tragically bored and snowed in/at work
4(2.4%)
Really good summary/cut-tag
1(0.6%)
Associated artwork (covers, icons, etc.)
0(0.0%)
Fandom (because let's face it, no one reads about ass ducklings in anything but SGA)
5(3.0%)
Other (Duh)
1(0.6%)

If you picked 'Other' for question 6, cough it up.0

In lieu of ticky box...any other comments?


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