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 sites listed in the directory and visitors to my sites.
1. Personal Websites (>16,700 still accessible/archived)
2. LiveJournal (>2000)
3. FanFiction.net (>1000 pre-RPF removal)
4. Archive of Our Own (>510)
5. Stay Dreaming (>350 pre-closure)
6. Dreamwidth (>200)
7. Wattpad (>100)
8. The Tightrope (>70 after before second closure)
9. Fiction @ Failed-To-Say.net (>40 pre-closure)
10. Mibba (>25)
*Number 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
8. This Time Around
10. Runaway Run
11. A Song To Sing
15. Fallen Angel
16. Thinking of You
17. Two Tears
19. Forever and a Day
20. I Will Come To 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. Logs (13 fics)
3. Kindred Series (9 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)
|*Counts are sometimes approximate, as exact information may not be available for some fics.|
Longest Running Hanfics*
1. Hanson’s Creek (1998-2015)
2. Carter (1998-2008) and Oh, God (2000-2010)
3. The Consequence of Feeling (2004-2012) and Living Up The Ghost (2003-2011)
4. Embers (2004-2011)
5. Nearer to Thee (2004-2010)
1. Ten Years And Muses, et al (2000-2015)
2. Forever and a Day (1998-2009) and The Story In Your Eyes (1999-2010)
3. Strange and Beautiful Series (2006-present)
4. Going Bush Series (2004-2013), Pages Of Your Diary Series (2007-present) and Runaway Run Series (2005-2014)
5. Anomalies (2000-2008), As Long As I Come Home To You Series (2006-2014), Cleo Trilogy (2000-2008), Damaged Series (2008-present), The Kitchen (2000-2008) and The Moffson Tapes (2002-2010)
|*For series, only the primary fics count, not any sort of “lost chapters.” Year counts include 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.
*Others cited as being the first hanfic include: Hanson Meets A Cockroach, 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 Cockroach on July 21.
*The first hanfic directory, Kim’s Stories and Links, opened in August 1997. It was later moved to HansonFiction.com and revamped under the name Various Artists.
*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 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 first Zike centered 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 is seemingly allowed on the Hanson App. Although accounts have been banned for various reasons, none have been notified that fanfic discussion was the reason and it is often a topic on the app.
*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).
*PlaceToHide.net has been visited almost 97,000 times since opening on December 9, 2009. The busiest month to date was January 2014, with 3,212 hits. The daily record is 480 hits; this record was set on July 9, 2015.