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Random statistic of the day

21st January 2010 (19:41)

Because I know some people like statistics...

There are currently 2,565 fanfics in the 'Buffy' fandom housed on the Archive Of Our Own. I played around with searches to discover what the most popular pairings were. The one that came in first place is probably of no surprise to anybody, but I thought it would be interesting to record the results anyway. ;-)

312  Spike/Buffy
139  Xander/Spike
 91  Buffy/Angel
 86  Buffy/Faith
 57  Willow/Tara
 48  Giles/Ethan
 39  Buffy/Giles
 29  Spike/Angel
 27  Willow/Kennedy
 17  Xander/Giles

Spuffy fics therefore make up 12% of the archive. I was surprised to see Spander in second place though, while Spangel was so far down the ranking. I'm even more surprised to see that Willow/Kennedy got into the top ten (though admittedly 6 of those 27 fics about them were written by me...and I haven't even uploaded the one I wrote yesterday onto AO3 yet!)

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Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 19:47 (UTC)
Buffy Happy Superhero

Victory! Mwahahaha!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 20:00 (UTC)

Bah. I just have to write 286 more Willow/Kennedy fics to claim victory...
;-)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 21:28 (UTC)

Posted by: flake_sake (flake_sake)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 19:47 (UTC)

How did you search? AO3 can be weird with th pairing names, sometimes a pairing wont show up just because it's written the other way round and stuff like that.

I entered spike/Angel in the search and got 403 hits, not all are really Spike/Angel, some merely contain both characters, but I think it's a save bet it's more than 29.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 19:59 (UTC)

By ticking the search boxes for the pairing in the drop-down list on the right, filtering, and seeing how many results the search came up with.

That means I was only looking at people who actually put Spike/Angel in the separate 'Pairing' box on the fic, not just fics with both characters included.

Posted by: flake_sake (flake_sake)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 20:06 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 20:10 (UTC)

Posted by: flake_sake (flake_sake)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 20:15 (UTC)

Posted by: flake_sake (flake_sake)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 20:12 (UTC)

Posted by: Ruuger (ruuger)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 20:14 (UTC)

Posted by: flake_sake (flake_sake)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 20:19 (UTC)

Posted by: Ruuger (ruuger)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 20:24 (UTC)

Posted by: Ruuger (ruuger)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 20:11 (UTC)
Giles - librarian

The archive has a bug, actually, because of which the filtering-thingy only 'sees' the last 1000 fics (I guess they hadn't anticipated any fandoms to pass that mark so soon), so if you click the Spike/Angel pairing tag, you get 95 fics.

Posted by: Chani φ (frenchani)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 20:32 (UTC)

Spuffy rules and Ethan is obiously Giles' best mate. My tastes are reinforced by statistics!

Spike/Xander is just beyond my understanding...

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 21:30 (UTC)
will2

*laments the lack of Willow/Cordy*

THEIR LOVE IS SO UNCANON!!!

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 21st January 2010 21:37 (UTC)

Clearly, that bug is filtering out all the Buffy/Clem fics.

Posted by: goldenusagi (goldenusagi)
Posted at: 22nd January 2010 00:21 (UTC)

Huh. I thought there would be more Bangel than that.

Posted by: Peasant (peasant_)
Posted at: 22nd January 2010 07:52 (UTC)

The Angel/Spike ship is traditionally rather laid back and insular, so I suspect a lot of writers simply couldn't give a damn about AO3 even if they've heard of it. There is also the kink factor, cos a lot of our fic is very heavy on the kink and so folk may feel wary of having it archived by a third party.

But then Spander was the biggest slash ship for years, so it's not that surprising it makes a good showing. Also, for some reason I can't fathom, when Spuffy writers decide to slash they tend to slash Spander, so what you may be seeing is the AO3 has achieved some popularity amongst the Spuffy writers and they are archiving their entire output which includes some Spander.

Posted by: lusciousxander (lusciousxander)
Posted at: 22nd January 2010 08:03 (UTC)

Also, for some reason I can't fathom, when Spuffy writers decide to slash they tend to slash Spander,

Yeah, I've seen a lot of Spuffy-turned-Spander over the years. Perhaps because Spander is a little similar to Spuffy?

Posted by: lusciousxander (lusciousxander)
Posted at: 22nd January 2010 08:00 (UTC)
Spander by Claudia

Yay for second place! While Spangel is canon and gets more buzz from the writers, Spander has always been more popular in fics.

Posted by: ubi4soft (ubi4soft)
Posted at: 22nd January 2010 13:56 (UTC)

But Spander have the on-screen kiss! 'Cmon most famous 7 sec on the Buffyverse.

Posted by: lusciousxander (lusciousxander)
Posted at: 22nd January 2010 17:52 (UTC)

Posted by: MrTeufel (mrteufel)
Posted at: 22nd January 2010 13:38 (UTC)
gothic self deprecation

*is disappointed at lack of Wuffy*

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 22nd January 2010 18:40 (UTC)

I think they came in at about 11 fics, but I only listed the top ten...

Posted by: candleanfeather (candleanfeather)
Posted at: 22nd January 2010 13:51 (UTC)

Weeps! No Spike/Giles! Goes away sulking.

Thank you Stephen for the statistics.

Posted by: Pam V (pamsblau)
Posted at: 22nd January 2010 21:07 (UTC)
Kiss

*does the Spuffy dance(not quite sure what that is,lol)*

Suprised to see Spander on second place, though.

Posted by: Rebcake (rebcake)
Posted at: 22nd January 2010 21:48 (UTC)
btvs_spru_goodgames

I got 26 Drusilla/Spike fics to come up, but noticed that some of mine (labeled Spike/Dru) did not appear. *runs to fix that* However, it comes up different every time! Something is wonky...

I just want Spike/Drusilla to be the #2 Spike pairing! It's canon! (Then Harmony. Heh.)

ETA: Ha! Now it's up to 38! Neener to those Spike/Angel stories. May have to accept that puppy is in #2 for the foreseeable...

Edited at 2010-01-22 21:58 (UTC)

Posted by: dancing till the world ends (lynnenne)
Posted at: 22nd January 2010 23:02 (UTC)
spangel sunlight

The majority of Spike/Angel fics are categorized under the "Angel" fandom, not the "Buffy" fandom. When you click on the Angel/Spike pairing tag, 95 works come up.

Posted by: Rebcake (rebcake)
Posted at: 23rd January 2010 20:14 (UTC)
inc_edna

Fine! If you're going to be all logical about it, I guess you're entitled...

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: 23rd January 2010 21:24 (UTC)
Spike_Joss

I have my own kinky theory why Spander is more popular than Spangel: because Joss gave Spangel shippers too much.

Back in 2000-2002 a friend of mine was the biggest Spangel shipper. She was writing fics about them, making manips, learning to make vids. Then AtS season 5 has started and she said, baffled: "I don't need to do anything - I just watch and I get everything without even trying, because it's on the damned screen". I suppose she wasn't alone. Casual fans enjoyed s5 Spangel. Diehard slashers paradoxically felt betrayed.

While Spanders got nothing. They still have to be creative to enjoy their OTP. :)

Posted by: lusciousxander (lusciousxander)
Posted at: 26th January 2010 10:54 (UTC)
Similar by mys

You know, you're on to something. I know someone who was a diehard Spuffy, but once Buffy slept with Spike in S6, she started to lose interest.

I also think it's one of the reasons why I don't read much Xander/Cordelia, I LOVE the pairing so much, but it's in my DVDs, it's already been explored. Spander wasn't. :)

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