This page contains some random trivia relating to hanfic–top ten and twenty lists, firsts and more. For anyone who is a big nerd like me, this stuff will be interesting. For those who are new to hanfic, this might also help them get a feel for our world. And some of it might even surprise those who have been around since the beginning.
Top Nationalities of Authors/Readers*
1. United States
5. United Kingdom
*Based on the directory, site hits and my recent survey.
1. Personal Websites (>16,700 still accessible/archived)
2. LiveJournal (>2,000)
3. FanFiction.net (>1,000 pre-RPF removal)
4. Archive of Our Own (>680)
5. Stay Dreaming (>350 pre-closure)
6. Dreamwidth (>200)
7. Wattpad (>140)
8. The Tightrope (>70 before second closure)
9. Fiction @ Failed-To-Say.net (>45 pre-closure)
10. Mibba (>25)
*Numbers of stories are approximate.
Top Titles of Hanfic Stories*^
1. Never Let Go
2. Friends Forever
3. More Than Anything
4. Dream Come True
5. Save Me
6. If Only
7. With You In Your Dreams
9. This Time Around
10. Runaway Run
11. A Song To Sing
15. Fallen Angel
16. Two Tears
18. I Will Come To You
20. Thinking of You
*Based on my own research while compiling the directory.
Top Girls Names Used in Hanfic*
Longest Single Hanfics*
(by chapter count)
1. Forever and a Day 2 (700 chapters)
2. Air Waves (358 chapters)
3. Forever and a Day (200 chapters)
4. Here We Go Round Again (190 chapters)
5. Amazed (185 chapters)
(by word count)
1. Forever and a Day 2 (1.05mil words)
2. Infinity (587k words)
3. FUBAR (558k words)
4. Air Waves (502k words)
5. I Never Thought I’d See The Day (410k words)
Longest Hanfic Series
(by story count)
1. Anomalies (21 fics)
2. Kindred Series (14 fics)
3. Logs (13 fics)
4. The Kitchen (8 fics)
5. A Different Point of Inspiration (7 fics)
(by word count)
1. Forever and a Day (1.35mil words)
2. SNAFUBAR (>1.09mil words)
3. Forbidden Love Series (1.1mil words)
4. As Long As I Come Home To You Series (1mil words)
5. Damaged Series (772k words)
Longest Running Hanfics
1. Hanson’s Creek (1998-2018)
2. Embers (2004-2017)
3. Carter (1998-2008) and Oh, God (2000-2010)
4. The Consequence of Feeling (2004-2012) and Living Up The Ghost (2003-2011)
5. Nearer to Thee (2004-2010)
1. Ten Years And Muses, et al (2000-2015)
2. Runaway Run Series (2005-present)
3. Forever and a Day (1998-2009) and The Story In Your Eyes (1999-2010)
4. Strange and Beautiful Series (2006-2016)
5. Damaged Series (2008-present), Going Bush Series (2004-2013), Pages Of Your Diary Series (2007-2016) and Twin Souls Trilogy (2008-present)
|Word counts are sometimes approximate, as exact information may not be available for some fics. For series, only the primary fics count towards fic/word count, not any sort of “lost chapters.” Year counts do include lost chapters, rewrites and reboots that may have several years lapse in between. If you spot any inaccuracies, please let me know.|
*First documented hanfic was Hanson and Hugo, published on July 14, 1997. This is also the first slash hanfic.
*Others cited as being the first hanfic include: Hanson Meets A Cockkroach, Return To Innocence, Some Changes Are Good, and Tulsa 74132. Most of these date from between July and September 1997, with the earliest exact date being Hanson Meets A Cockkroach on July 21.
*Possible first usage of the term hanfic occurs in December 1997, by this author.
*Zac and Tay, possibly the first Zaylor story, was published on January 2, 1998.
*The first hanfic community on LiveJournal, hanfic, was created on November 30, 2001.
*The first Hanson slash (not specifically hancest) centered LiveJournal community, hansonslash was created on April 5, 2004.
*The term “Hancest” may have been first used on November 4, 2004..
*The first hancest (or hansex, a term that cropped up around the same time) centered LiveJournal community, hansex_addicts was created on February 2, 2005.
*The term “Zaylor” was coined by readers of the Lost Without Each Other Trilogy on March 7, 2005.
*The first Zike-centric LiveJournal community, zacnike, was created on August 16, 2007.
*The first hanfic community on DreamWidth, hansonfiction, was created on May 23, 2009.
*Taylor was quoted saying the following about fic back in the MON days:
“People are really wild. They write these fantasies about how they met us, how they did this with us or that with us -these complete elaborations- like it really happened!”
This website attributes it to an interview with TV Guide in 1998.
*Zac had the following to say in 2007 when asked about slash fanfic:
“That’s one end of the spectrum, and the other end is people sending you death threats. I would go with fan fiction any day. And Taylor has that thing about him-and hopefully, he’ll forgive me for saying this in an interview-he’s just a good-looking pretty boy.”
Full text of his interview with The Advocate can be found here.
*All discussion of fan fiction was banned on Hanson.net forums on May 25, 2006 when a new rule was added to the forum rules. The rule currently reads:
10. Fan Fiction, including, but not limited to, links to fan fiction and posting stories in the forums, is not allowed.
Any threads that mention fanfic or use terms such as “zaylor” are deleted. Fanfic discussion was seemingly allowed on the Hanson App. Although accounts were banned for various reasons, fanfic discussion was seemingly never a reason for banning.
*PlaceToHide.net has been visited almost 107,000 times since opening on December 9, 2009. The busiest year to date was 2015 with 22k hits, and the busiest month was January 2014, with 3,212 hits. The daily record is 471 hits; this record was set on July 9, 2015. The most popular time to visit PTH is on Sunday and at 7pm ET.
*Just under 20,000 hanfics are still available online in some form, out of an estimated 120,000 written since 1997 (educated guesses based on the PTH directory size).