It's strange though isn't it, that some fandoms are so over-populated, and others are just non-existent. I had a browse through fanfiction.net the other day and stumbled across the 'games' section. There's even fanfic for games like Tetris(!), and I'm not even joking, so why the hell no Class Act
It depends on a lot of things--mostly it's new shows that get the attention, just because they're more widely known/popular, so people are more likely to write for them. Older series tend to be forgotten, except for really "classic" series that stay in the public consciousness, like The Man from Uncle
. If it's an older series and not particularly well-remembered, then you have a small pool of fans to begin with, and the likelihood of one of them wanting to write something is a lot lower. Particularly if you think there's no audience for it. The thing is, I rather like the small fandoms--everything you get in them is that much more special, because it's so rare, and there's way more room to play, because all the ideas haven't been done to death. I liked doing TNA because everything that could possibly be done with Steed and Emma had already been done, often in ways that were better than I would have done it, whereas with Purdey and Gambit I had free rein to play.
I've actually written for games, too--the Monkey Island series of adventure games--and there's some darn good games fic out there, but usually it's for games with really strong characters that you can write for. Tetris is sort of lacking on that front.
I understand how it can be nervewrecking but on the plus side; if you want to take a break from writing TNA, there's always Katie and her lovely bunch. Variety is a good thing
Because everyone was watching AbFab at the time?
Seriously though - I wish all the AbFab writers had moved on to CA. Some of the fics for that show are really aweful, cringeworthy. I remember stumbling across Patsy/Saffy slash, argh.
Don't tempt me--I'm seriously considering taking a crack at Kate again if I get a decent plot together. TNA will always be my favourite fandom to write for, but I do enjoy branching out and having some variety. It's fun and scary to tackle new characters, but usually they're ones I love, so I'm motivated. Guybrush Threepwood, Jason King, and Jake Doyle, I'm looking at you.
I've had a look at AbFab fanfic in the past, and seriously, most of what's floating around isn't terribly inspiring. I know I'm not the number one AbFab fan, but even I think that running around slashing Patsy and Eddy (or anyone else) goes against the very fibre of the series, not to mention flies in the face of characterisation. The non-slashy ones tend to consist of "and then Patsy fell over drunk," which, you know, is in character, but needs some sort of lead-up if you're going to get the comedy in there. Actually, AbFab is one of those series that probably shouldn't be written by anyone other than Jennifer Saunders--the tone is so wedded to the creator that, much like Douglas Adams and Hitchhiker's
, anything else just doesn't work. I wrote fo Patsy in that one crossover fic, and man alive, was that hard. Characters like that are exchausting to write for, and require a lot of agonising over exact wordings. Most people don't have the patience to get it right, and the result betrays that.