You + Me = Love

Recently, I started to play with textual analysis… And a question popped up: what about fic titles? How much information about the fic do they convey? Are there favorite title terms?

At least the last question has a pretty straightforward answer. When we take a look at our sample of 10K+ fics published in 2015 on AO3, one word was in the air : love.

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All about mpreg in fandom! a surprisingly popular niche

Today, let’s dive in a subject a lot of us heard about, but might prefer to ignore… Mpreg! As in, male pregnancy (learn more on the Fanlore page). Yup. As usual, we studied fanfictions that are 10K+ words.

Mpreg is kind of a controversial fanfiction subgenre: people are either fascinated or put off, with very few stance for a middle ground. On AO3, actually a tiny minority of fics are labeled mpreg: in 2015, we counted 1357 fics tagged with mpreg published on AO3, that is 1.9% of the total of 10K words + fics. However, those fics are widely read: they attract way more readers than their number alone would predict.

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