Anything to be Salvaged from the HP Community?

Anything to be Salvaged from the HP Community?

More than idle thought, I've been as a whole assessing the Harry Potter fandom and wondering how things will go from here? Frankly I'm amazed and pleasantly surprised metafic has its doors still open after all this time, which is what prompted this thought exercise. There are the new movies coming out some time next year and the theme park expansions but on a whole the Harry Potter fandom seems well... not dead. But more napping I suppose?

There are still some authors out there that post regularly though finding quality seems to be inherently difficult. Maybe its things like the soul bond fics, a lot of them seem derivatives of Meaning of One. Like heavily derived from MoO rather than being inventive. Though on the other hand I haven't seen Ginny steal a sock in years.

Personally I'd like to see places like Metafic and Siye more active again though I can easily see how likely that is without a fresh infusion of new blood or new material.

Thoughts or am I just being a pessimist?


Comments

I think that JKR's new

I think that JKR's new content (screenplay, stage play, the new short pieces, etc) will definitely kick some life into the fandom, but not in familiar ways. I don't think SIYE and other H/G sites will see much growth, for example, because the new content has nothing to do with Harry or Ginny (unless the stage play introduces AU possibilities, I suppose). Less ship-centric sites will probably see an uptick in activity as people play in the new sandboxes. I think the (few?) sites dedicated to previous-generation fics will see an upswing as authors combine the new material with itself (Scamander's story into J/L's) and with the existing canon.

Now that I think about it, I wonder if AU will see even more of a surge in popularity as people explore new ways to reconfigure and adapt JKR's pieces. Within the very broad boundaries of fanfic believability, it's not at all strange to think that H/G could travel back in time to Scamander's story or the "canon" J/L story, or vice versa. Just providing more information on Harry's parents will undoubtedly spark all kinds of new AU paths.

I think the fandom is dormant now. After the new content starts to permeate our thinking, I suspect that the fandom will start moving again, though not in the same direction and probably never at the same pace as during the "between books" years.

Just my 2cp.

The current situation sees

The current situation sees too much of fandom merely ticking over. The desire to write the next story or chapter is certainly greater when there is a community to release it to. I've never stopped having ideas, just the motivation to do something with them. I think the next real lease of life will come when the films are remade or there is a decent TV series. Until then there are a few writers still plying their trade who are able to find fresh ways of telling the story.

I think a lot of people

I think a lot of people involved in the fandom just moved to different ideas or in some cases obligations. It's been years since I so much as left a review on a story, but today, for whatever reason, I looked at some of the PMs I traded with Dave almost a decade ago about MoO. The level of thought and detail he was ( is? ) putting into the story had to be unreal. It's not hard to imagine life making it impossible to find massive blocks of time to write something to that standard.

It would be nice for the fandom roar back, but at this stage the best to hope for is probably something like a Star Wars or Lord of the Rings level of activity. There's no count down clock in our heads for the next "real" book so we don't have the subtle push to read or write something in the same universe. Each new re-do or extend universe piece of material will bring in a few new people, but we'll never get the same push as when the books were a cultural phenomenon.

Sideline wrote: ... It's
Sideline wrote:

... It's been years since I so much as left a review on a story, but today, for whatever reason, I looked at some of the PMs I traded with Dave almost a decade ago about MoO. The level of thought and detail he was ( is? ) putting into the story had to be unreal. It's not hard to imagine life making it impossible to find massive blocks of time to write something to that standard.

I recently reread a whole load of emails from 2008 with someone who used to help me a lot, but sadly I messed up that friendship. Apart from reviewing an old friendship, there was an incredible amount of detail about the fic I was working on at the time. I'm amazed we all found the time to do it.