(琅琊榜) Nirvana in Fire (TV) Fanwork Statistics Report


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琅琊榜 | Nirvana in Fire (TV) data were scraped from Archive of Our Own, filtered by language = English, on 8 June 2020. Only unlocked works were available for scraping.

General Stats

Data exclusions. N = 896 works were scraped. Exclusion criteria were as follows: 1) N = 12 works were Chinese works mislabelled as English, 2) N = 3 works were large, multi-fandom drabble collections and 3) N = 3 were unrelated works. In total, N = 18 works were excluded, leaving N = 878 for analysis.

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Fig 1. The earliest fanwork recorded on AO3 is Could have, Would have, Should have by Sychronergy, published on 5th Nov 2015. The largest number of submissions of fanwork were in December, in 2017 (N = 68), 2019 (N = 59) and 2018 (N = 54). This is likely due to NiF Exchange and Yuletide events.



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Fig 2. 2017 stands as the year with the most number of fanwork published so far.



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Fig 3. Majority of the fanworks were marked as complete (N = 791), versus those that were left as to be updated (N = 88).



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Fig 4. Majority of the fanworks were categorised as gen (N = 402). Most common pairings were male/male (N = 391).



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Fig 5. Majority of the fanworks were rated as gen (N = 401).



Author Rankings

Top 5 most prolific authors:

  1. orangememory (N = 48)
  2. aozu (N = 44)
  3. ConvenientAlias (N = 39)
  4. ancient_moonshine (N = 33)
  5. nanasheeeh (N = 33)



Fanwork Rankings

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Fig 6. Fanworks sorted by type (Podfic, Art, Video or Fic), and sorted by word count for Fic. N = 802 (91.34%) of fanworks were Fic. The longest fic is the mist that cloaks the river, the clouds that hide the stars by Sovin which stands at 176,718 words. The shortest fic stands at 100 words, N = 10 fics meet this criteria.

Top 5 Longest fics:

  1. the mist that cloaks the river, the clouds that hide the stars by Sovin (Yujin centric; 176,718 words)
  2. In Time, Once Again by 擂文, translated by katiirabbi (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 121,18 words)
  3. The Announcement of Langya by lalunaticscribe (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 98,721 words)
  4. known, unknown by 潇湘水冷, translated by presume (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 92,472 words)
  5. a rose by any other name would smell as sweet by aozu (Jingyan/Zhanying; 91,819 words)



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Fig 7. The most kudo-ed fanwork is In Time, Once Again by 擂文, translated by katiirabbi at 1,101 kudos.

Top 5 most kudo-ed fanwork:

  1. In Time, Once Again by 擂文, translated by katiirabbi (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 1,101 kudos)
  2. Accustomed To Disguise by orphan_account (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 998 kudos)
  3. Lithograph by romantic_drift (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 701 kudos)
  4. Handfast by orphan_account (Lin Shu/Nihuang; 651 kudos)
  5. the very first words of a lifelong love letter by Alaceron (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 570 kudos)



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Fig 8. The most commented fanwork is In Time, Once Again by 擂文, translated by katiirabbi at 983 comments.

Top 5 most commented fanwork:

  1. In Time, Once Again by 擂文, translated by katiirabbi (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 983 comments)
  2. Ever Onward by aboxthecolourofheartache (Lin Chen & Lin Shu; 622 comments)
  3. For the rest of our lives by hyena1208, translated by wateroflife (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 294 comments)
  4. Ensnared by Sychronergy (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 270 comments)
  5. Without Doubt by romantic_drift (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 235 comments)



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Fig 9. The most bookmarked fanwork is In Time, Once Again by 擂文, translated by katiirabbi at 336 bookmarks.

Top 4 most bookmarked fanworks are similar to the Top 4 most kudo-ed list, therefore, the top 5-9 bookmarked fanwork list is:

  1. for every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you by soera (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 188 bookmarks)
  2. lay your burdens down (let me carry you) by Tammaiya (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 147 bookmarks)
  3. But Everything Changed by orphan_account (Lin Shu/Jingyan/Nihuang; 140 bookmarks)
  4. Even to the Edge by soera (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 120 bookmarks)
  5. the very first words of a lifelong love letter by Alaceron (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 118 bookmarks)



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Fig 10. The most hits fanwork is In Time, Once Again by 擂文, translated by katiirabbi at 32,656 hits.

Top 4 most hits fanworks are similar to the Top 4 most kudo-ed list, therefore, the top 5-9 hits fanwork:

  1. In Time, Once Again by 擂文, translated by katiirabbi (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 32,656 hits)
  2. Ensnared by Sychronergy (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 11,259 hits)
  3. For the rest of our lives by hyena1208, translated by wateroflife (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 9,616 hits)
  4. the very first words of a lifelong love letter by Alaceron (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 9,478 hits)
  5. Lithograph by romantic_drift (Lin Shu/Jingyan; 8,986 hits)



Pairing/Character/Tag Rankings

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Fig 11. The most popular tagged romantic pairing is Lin Shu/Xiao Jingyan (N = 356).



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Fig 12. The most popular tagged gen pairing is Lin Shu & Xiao Jingyan (N = 43).



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Fig 13. The most popular tagged character is Lin Shu (N = 637).



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Fig 14. The most popular tag is ‘Angst’ (N = 89).



Word Cloud

Data exclusions. N = 896 works were scraped. Exclusion criteria were as follows: 1) N = 12 works were Chinese works mislabelled as English, 2) N = 3 works were large, multi-fandom drabble collections and 3) N = 3 were unrelated works. Additionally, podfic (N = 20), fanart (N = 49) and fanvid (N = 7) were excluded as only text-based fanworks are applicable. In total, N = 94 works were excluded, leaving N = 802 for text-based analysis.



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Fig 15. Word cloud from N = 802 fics. Most common word written is ‘jingyan’ (n = 47,095).

Top 10 most common words:

  1. jingyan (n = 47,095)
  2. lin (n = 33,916)
  3. shu (n = 27,756)
  4. changsu (n = 25,945)
  5. mei (n = 23,757)
  6. xiao (n = 19,749)
  7. chen (n = 15,135)
  8. one (n = 12,913)
  9. prince (n = 12,335)
  10. like (n = 12,248)