A week or so ago, was procrastinating and for some reason, I decided to look at the numbers of which fandom has the most fanfics to its names in the various sections. There were some surprises. So, apparently, the Percy Jackson fanfiction section on fanfiction.net is one of the largest on the site. It’s the third largest of the Books section, with over 60 000 stories, not counting those in the crossover section. I remember Ryuugi mentioning in 2013 that it had around 37-38 000 thousand stories, so, that's over 20 000 in nearly two years. Yet surprisingly, I can say I know a truly great story of this fandom, not like one of the numerous excellent stories in Naruto or HP or even Teen Titans or Bleach. As a comparison, numbers one and two are Harry Potter and Twilight, with HP having over 700 000 stories and Twilight having over 210 000 stories. Four and five are LotR, with 53 000 and Hunger Games, with 42 000. Number six is where it takes a big dive, with something called Warriors, which is 22 000. Things of interest to me, Worm has 167, which makes me cry, but then again, most of the Worm stories are found on Spacebattles. Still, hope that this number will rise, so that we get more stories than “Taylor gets power x”. Discworld has not even 2000 stories, which is unsurprising, seeing as Pratchett is Pratchett and it is hard to play in his sandbox. A Song of Ice and Fire has 5 600 stories. As a contrast, the TV-Series section has Game of Thrones with 2 800 stories. Not sure that, despite the differences, it really warrants entries in two different sections. Seems to me that most people who would write fanfiction would also be reading the books at some time. In the Anime and Manga section, Naruto reigns supreme with 377 000 stories, followed by Inu Yasha, 144 000 stories, and, surprisingly, Hetalia, 110 000 stories. Bleach has nearly 80 000, Yu-Gi-Oh has 65 000 and FMA, DBZ, Digimon, Gundam, Sailor Moon and Fairy Tail are all in the 40 000 range, in the order they are listed. It does not surprise me in the least that from the old Big Three (Naruto, Bleach and One Piece) that One Piece has, by a large margin, the least amount of fanfiction to its name, despite the fact that it has a lot better grasp on story telling. Still, with 30 000 stories, it has more than I initially assumed. The OP world and way of story telling just doesn’t lend itself well to fanfiction, not the way Naruto or even Bleach does. As a RWBY fan, it should be interesting to note that RWBY has only 6 600 stories to its name. Then again, RWBY is like 2 years old, compared to the decades that the big names are running by now. One can only hope that with RWBY having more success and getting more recognition as it will grow over the years, the amount of fanfiction writers flocking to it will also grow. Ranma has “only” 13 000 stories, even though it is one of the oldest fandoms on the internet. Guess most stories are on other sites, seeing that Ranma fanfiction pre-dates fanfiction.net, but still. Would have though there would be more. Same with Sailor Moon, tbh. Cartoons has ATLA (Avatar the Last Airbender) with nearly 40 000 stories, not counting Legend of Korra which has, interestingly enough, a separate entry with over 11 000 stories. Fun fact, the ATLA section has “Foaming Mouth Guy” as one of the characters selectable in the character section and there are seven stories about/with him. Huh. Next is Teen Titans, with nearly 38 000 stories and then Transformers Beast Wars with around 26 000, followed by MLP:FiM with ca. 23 400 stories, which is less than I assumed, but I guess most MLP stories are on Fimfiction.net. Young Justice has nearly 17 000, Kim Possible has around 9 000 and W.I.T.C.H. has around 1 800 stories, unfortunately. Really wish there were a lot more. Next section is interesting, as it is Comics and here, it takes a huge dive in numbers. Biggest is Homestuck, a web-comic/story with nearing 16 000 stories, and the next two are X-Men with 12 400 and Batman with 12 300 stories. Justice League has nearly 5 000, Spider-Man has 4 400 and Iron Man has 3 800. It does surprise me that there is hardly any comics fanfiction. Then again, I suppose with the nature of comics, that comics themselves are really fanfiction anyway, seeing that so many different writers tackle all the various characters and all of them having different levels of skill at it. So, I guess, a lot of mediocre comics, a lot of crappy comics, a few truly miserable comics and a few brilliant ones are pretty much the same experience in comics and fanfiction alike. In many ways, it’s worse than fanfiction, since fanfiction writers don’t have to consider the shit that a crappy author before them spewed out as canon. Like, one writer writes an excellent Wonder Woman story, next does a meh job, then comes a solid writer, then a really crappy writer, introducing stupid things or making a mess, then comes a meh writer, doing a passable thing, but doesn’t really fix things, so, what’s the next good writer to do, now that he or she has this on their hands?Going to be really hard to make a good thing out of the mess in their hands. Imagine if excellent fanfic writers such as SilverShine had to incorporate elements of bad smutfics into their stories. The Games section is lead by Pokemon, with nearly 80 000 stories, followed by Kingdom Hearts with 72 000 stories. Then it takes quite a dive in numbers as number three is Final Fantasy 7 with nearly 40 000 stories. Then, weirdly, Sonic the Hedgehog, with ca 35 000 stories, which is a lot more than I assumed. Would have thought if anything, its the cartoon that has the most stories, not the games, then again, only played it on the sega a few times at a friends when I was like 11, so, what do I know about Sonic games. Legend of Zelda has around 27 000 which is a lot lower than I would have thought. Is there another site with good LoZ stories out there that people flock to? Mass Effect has 16 000 and Dragon Age has 15 300. Again, a bit lower than I would have assumed, but both franchises are not “that” old yet. Besides, games are generally less accessible than series and books, so, makes sense that games have generally less fanfiction than those, unless it is one of the older franchises. Or one that also strikes into other media. Super Smash Brothers has around 10 000 stories, and, as some may know, the longest piece of fanfiction, and some say english piece of literature with The Subspace Emissary’s Worlds Conquest and its four million words. Not sure if that’s true though. Persona has around 5 000 stories, which is a pity. The Misc section is weird and the one that should be noted from there is probably the Wrestling part, with around 38 000 stories. Red vs Blue is also here, with around 1 500 stories. Next is Movies, with Star Wars having 33 400 stories, Avengers with 28 300 stories and Pirates of the Caribbean with nearly 20 000 stories. It’s impressive that the Avengers accumulated so many stories in such a relatively short time. I mean, Star Wars has been out for around 30 years by now and Avengers is going to overtake that in a year or two. Then again, with the new movies coming up, Star Wars may not fall back all that much. It’s also present in the games section, so, maybe that counts as well. Frozen has around 8 500 stories, and I guess there was some kind of purge a few days/weeks ago where the site deleted Elsanna incest stories, so, not sure how many there were or how many were deleted. Could be between a few to a few thousand. Would believe either one, with the popularity of that particular ship. Especially seeing how people try to circumvent the incest by making them not related in their stories, so, not sure how fanfiction.net handled those stories. Not sure why movies have, generally speaking, not counting the few franchises with over 20 k stories, not that much fanfiction. Most movies have fanfiction in the amount between 2 and 20. Given the amount of movies, only very few are in the thousands and more. Plays and Musicals is lead by something called Screenplays, with nearly 30 000 stories. I don’t know what that is, but a click on it has shown that most stories there are in Indonesian, so, something from there. No idea what it is about, but it is interesting that so much fanfiction is coming from there. Only 1 000 stories about this are in English. Rent is next with 7 000 and then Wicked with nearly 6 000. It takes another dive with Cats and Les Miserables with both around 3 300 stories. Shakespeare is the last one to break a thousand with 2 100 stories, as everything else is below 700. Last, but certainly not least, is the TV-Show section. Glee and Supernatural take the lead here with the former having 107 000 stories and the latter having 104 000 stories. Didn’t realize Glee had such a huge fanfiction fanbase. Doctor Who is next with 67 000 stories and is then followed by Sherlock, with around 51 000. Well, Superwholock is present, even in the right order, oddly enough. What of Sherlock warranted over 51 000 stories, I do not know. There are only so many romance stories one can write with two people. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is next, with 48 400 stories, which is also less than I assumed, but I know at least two other places solely dedicated to Buffy fanfiction, so, I guess a good amount of them are found there. To make a comparison with some of my favourite shows and shows that are popular at the moment: Once Upon A Time has 32 000, Castle has around 19 000 stories, Teen Wolf has 17 000, Walking Dead has 12 000, Veronica Mars has 4 000, Arrow and Agents of Shield are also in the 4 000 range, Game of Thrones has 2 800, How I Met Your Mother has 2 000, Scrubs has 1 700, Orphan Black has 1 200 and Orange is the New Black has 761 stories. Interesting, as I would have pegged that the last two would have a lot more stories. Teen Wolf has about as many as expected, Veronica Mars has criminally few, Walking Dead has shockingly few. I am not a big fan of it but damn, would have though it had a lot more fanfiction to its name. So, wanted to talk about Percy Jackson and its surprising lack of good, long fanfics and instead took a look an fanfiction in general. Maybe it is interesting to someone. Overall, Harry Potter has nearly as much fanfiction as a lot of the sections combined. It is the biggest fandom in terms of stories on ff.net by a large margin which should be surprising to exactly no one. Naruto is second, Twilight third. I get HP and Naruto. Both have a big cast and a very interesting setting which is easy to write in. Never read Twilight, so, while, to my knowledge, it has a decent cast in terms of numbers, I am not sure it has a setting with worldbuilding to match. So, interesting to see that despite all the critique and bashing Twilight got, it has such a huge presence in terms of fanfiction, that inspired so many people to write stories about the characters there. My biggest surprise was really Percy Jackson, having so many stories, yet I know of maybe 3 decent stories but no great ones. A few good one shots, granted, but nothing like Hammered Down, or Avatar, or the Girl From Whirlpool. Even My Little Pony has Fallout Equestria. So, yeah, maybe this is of interest to someone. Posted this on my tumblr and thought to share it here as well. Maybe there will be some discussion.