manga04_jpg login_tab_left_jpg
Username:   Password:    Forgot Password?
Try out our new iPhone application!
Manga Poll
Opinion on deus ex machina in manga
Love it
Hate it
It's okay...
Only if it's funny
Only if it's creative
What are you talking about?
See Old Polls

Manga is the Japanese equivalent of comics
with a unique style and following. Join the revolution! Read some manga today!

Coded in ConTEXT

Join #baka-updates

RSS Feed
center_left_tab News center_right_tab
News Article
New Poll - Fanfiction
This week's poll was sort of from a suggestion by Havenc1, but not quite what he/she had in mind. But anyways, fanfiction is a fan-written story for a particular series. Perhaps it's a new or changed plot. Or there's more (better?) romantic pairings than the original series has. I decided not to have an option about writing fanfiction, but I'm sure some of you do that! As for my personal vote: I never read fanfiction. I'll stick with the original stuff.

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Optimal story length
Lots of volumes with short chapters - votes: 1203 (11.5%)
Lots of volumes with long chapters - votes: 5142 (49%)
Just a few volumes with short chapters - votes: 371 (3.5%)
Just a few volumes with long chapters - votes: 3777 (36%)
There were 10493 total votes.
The poll ended: February 2nd 2013

Due to the low numbers, it seems like less and less people are voting on these polls. Probably my fault...
Posted by lambchopsil on February 2nd 8:53am Comments ( 29 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]

» quark1020 on February 2nd, 2013, 1:57am


Some are pretty good, but whether the story continues or not depends upon the whims of the author, and you'll be lucky if the story continues at all, or get new chapters every other year.


» OtakuMadness on February 2nd, 2013, 2:11am

Never. I have many pet-peeves regarding fan-fiction and yet I read so much doujinshi bigrazz
I suppose I just don't feel like going through the thousands available out there just to find, what might not even be, one decent read. Gave up on that idea long ago.

Edit: oh how times have changed, I am now an avid ff reader xD


» CatzCradle on February 2nd, 2013, 2:12am

Personally, the only reason I don't vote in the polls very often is because I'm too indecisive to pick an one option lol. bigrazz

I used to read a lot of fanfics, but now only when I'm desperate for a certain pairing and I've exhausted all my other sources.


» yarn on February 2nd, 2013, 2:31am

I can read fanfics for some series, but there are other which I can't, because I like the story "as is." I especially like to read fics about characters who are insane/mental. They usually don't get as much screen time in the original story as I'd like. laugh


» strixflash on February 2nd, 2013, 3:06am


There is only one series whose fanfics I read. So it isn't that much difficult to complete them. Noblesse has got many talented fans whose fanfics are really worth reading.


» ColorlessHuman on February 2nd, 2013, 6:58am

I stick to the original story. If the author writes more about it, i may read it, but not if its been written by a fan.
Although i'm okay with doujinshis. bigrazz


» Dionaea on February 2nd, 2013, 9:14am

Who needs fanfics when you have a beautiful thing called imagination?


» BaeSooky on February 2nd, 2013, 10:11am

Used to read them all the time. I can't remember the last time I read one.

Due to the low numbers, it seems like less and less people are voting on these polls. Probably my fault...

By now they should probably be kept to a biweekly or monthly affair. There aren't that many manga-related poll topics to cover that will interest the masses every week~ Maybe it is time to do the 'Best of x' polls~ : D


» lambchopsil on February 2nd, 2013, 11:44am

Quote from BaeSooky
Due to the low numbers, it seems like less and less people are voting on these polls. Probably my fault...

By now they should probably be kept to a biweekly or monthly affair. There aren't that many manga-related poll topics to cover that will interest the masses every week~ Maybe it is time to do the 'Best of x' polls~ : D

We got plenty of poll suggestions though. They'll just keep getting backed up if we don't do every week


» Dekcah on February 2nd, 2013, 11:04am

Wait, do doujinshi count as fanfiction?


» lambchopsil on February 2nd, 2013, 11:43am

Quote from Dekcah
Wait, do doujinshi count as fanfiction?

Typically no


» Dekcah on February 2nd, 2013, 1:05pm

By definition they are analogous to fanfiction.

In Western cultures, dōjinshi is often perceived to be derivative of existing work, analogous to fan fiction and almost completely pornographic. This is partly true: dōjinshi are often, though not always, parodies or alternative storylines involving the worlds of popular manga, game or anime series, and can often feature overtly sexual material.
- From Wikipedia

Personally I'd think it would be interesting to see how much of the community reads doujinshi.


» quark1020 on February 2nd, 2013, 1:10pm

Considering dōjinshi is part of the release database at this site, I'd say plenty.

Personally, I read them for the pr0ns.


» lambchopsil on February 2nd, 2013, 2:08pm

Quote from Dekcah
Personally I'd think it would be interesting to see how much of the community reads doujinshi.

Question: Do you read doujinshi?
Yes - votes: 7586 (58.7%)
No - votes: 4054 (31.4%)
What are doujins? - votes: 1283 (9.9%)
There were 12923 total votes.
The poll ended: January 16th 2010


» BlackOrion on February 2nd, 2013, 11:50am

I like the weekly pools, from time to time a really good idea show ups. Personally i don't read fics, i had tried reading some but mostly to occidental things (that tend to have really open endings which the fans try to close on their own)
Manga tends to have a clear ending so i really don't care about fics for that.


» JustPassingBy on February 2nd, 2013, 12:46pm

One needs to differentiate between purely written fanfiction and drawn fanfiction. Written fanfiction, I never read (I'm not a big fan of visual novels either), but I do follow dragonball multiverse for example, which is an incredibly well drawn fanfiction.


» achyif on February 2nd, 2013, 1:05pm

I tend to dislike any kind of work if it's not from the original author or part of the official publication.
Fanfics, AUs, etc., all seem kind of fake to me, as in they never ever happen or even will happen in the universe of the actual characters. In addition, they also do stuff that the author would never do or allow. They're characters based on what the fanfic writer or fanbase thinks they should be instead of who they really are.
I don't mind the occasional "what if," but arghhhh.... I hate reading fanfics because in my head they just aren't real.
It's why I don't usually read mangas that are based off of novels and animes and why I'm bothered when any kind of work remade in another medium doesn't exactly follow the original, like in movie/anime adaptations (though I do concede necessary budget/production changes)


» kirabook on February 2nd, 2013, 2:22pm

I only read fanfiction for series that have a 'large world' or enough room to expand on the world in a reasonable fashion.

For example, Naruto. My favorite types or Naruto fanfictions are ones involving his father. Given we have 2 movies where Naruto somehow meets his father and various loopholes within the manga itself that allow for this to happen, I don't find most fanfictions like that to be too far fetched.

I read others that change everything (or almost everything) when I have nothing else to do, but there are a few goods ones in the mess of not so good ones.

While not a manga (although it technically is) I also read (and write) Kingdom Hearts fanfiction. As long as you have a Disney movie, anything is possible in that universe.

I can't say I've read any other fanfictions for other series. I tried a D.Gray Man one once, but I didn't like it at all and most of them seemed highly uninteresting. That's about it really, nothing but Kingdom Hearts and Naruto.

I'd also like to add, I generally do not enjoy fanfictions that have pairings that aren't already canon. I mean, of course there are some that I really like, but majority of the time, it doesn't feel right whether I like the pairing or not, so I don't read them.


» Peppermint on February 2nd, 2013, 5:33pm

I read lots of fanfic, not so much doujinshi. Far-fetched, funny, weird, porn, or whatever, it's all another form of entertainment to me. I guess, imo, lots of manga stories resemble one another and stories in general. I'm not too passionate about maintaining the importance of canon. I read lots of shoujo, so neglected rival/side pairings that have potential are fun to read about. Sometimes it's nice looking at the weird/crazy/fun things fans come up with.


» strixflash on February 2nd, 2013, 7:49pm

Weekly polls is a good idea. Not only members don't get bored from seeing one poll for a month, it also provides opportunity for discussion. If one poll is stretched for long people seems to loose interest.....


» airichan on February 2nd, 2013, 11:28pm

I read a ton of fanfiction.

Like Peppermint, to me it's just another form of entertainment. As long as a piece is well-written, I don't have any qualms about most types if fanfics. Unless the story is AU or crack, I do like the people to be as in character as possible and for it to be within the realm of possible according to the original universe. I also think there needs to be a love for the canon and that a writer should make sure they are knowledgeable about the source material. But I don't mind stories about unusual pairings or side pairings. A lot of times, the people who write for those characters have the most interesting and well thought-out ideas. I have read many a fanfiction piece that actually surpassed the material it was based upon. Of course, I have also read some that were completely terrible. But that is not unlike my experience with manga in general- some good, some great, some ugly.

And like kirabook, I tend to read fics for fandoms that have a large world and set of characters (like Naruto, Bleach or A:TLA). In the original material, there are usually many characters and situations that are not fully explored. This leaves a lot of 'wiggle room' for great ideas. Someone else mentioned they don't read fanfiction because that's what imagination is for. I don't disagree that that is true for them. But I would say that for me, writing fanfiction is a way to give my own imagination form and I enjoying seeing what others do with their imagination.


» frodfy on February 3rd, 2013, 6:04pm

Maybe I should have voted "Never"... Since I only once read a fanfiction. I liked it so much that I thought it wouldn't be bad to read others fanfictions, but I found out that I usually don't like how they develop the characters.


» Transdude1996 on February 3rd, 2013, 6:12pm

Unless series like Random Doom are considered fanfiction, then never. Other than that, I read a lot of parodies.


» drunkguy on February 3rd, 2013, 10:21pm

Do hentai doujinshi count? If so, all of the time. Otherwise, never. dead


» gwkimmy on February 3rd, 2013, 11:15pm

i used to read a whole bunch when i was younger, but now i only follow certain authors/stories, who nowadays almost never update ;( also i only read for one series.


» Rashidisw on February 4th, 2013, 7:17am

in the past i did try reading them, so far i almost never like it.

my personal reasons:
Differing style than whan used by original authors, be it in drawing, plot/story flows, settings, characters personalities, character speech patterns, characters development, etc...

Whenever i read them, my mind keep telling me: "knockoff, faker"
the more i like the original series, the inner voice get even louder.

There are exceptions though, which happens when the fanficion authors were involved somewhat in actual original series making,
usually happens when the mangaka's assistents decided to release derived works as fanfiction and not as official side stories/gaiden.

The quality of these 'exceptions' releases are way different than some stranger fanfictions.


» amaranthine on February 7th, 2013, 1:59pm

Used to be a guilty pleasure years ago. Haven't read one in a while though... just searching for a good story to read takes forever cause of all the shitty ones.


» Lenalee-hime on February 11th, 2013, 3:33am

Of course Phoenix does belong to the poll! It is a very important mythological creature at the same rank as the dragon. It is often seen in fantasy shoujo. In China and Japan, it is a part of the mythology even more than Pegasus would.


Manga Search