Fantasy Fandom and Social Media 

Please Note

By participating in this questionnaire, you understand:

-that your answers will form a data set to be used as research for an academic dissertation
-that the data collected will be used only for the stated purpose and no other
-that data will be stored on a password protected computer
-that the data will be destroyed after 5 years
-that the questionnaire is completely anonymous and no personal details will be taken

You must be 18 years old or over to complete this questionnaire

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* 1. Please indicate which age bracket you fall into:

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* 2. Please indicate your gender:

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* 3. Please give your country and region of residence:

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* 4. Please indicate which of the social media platforms you currently use, or have used in the past:

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* 5. Have you ever used a social media platform to contact an author directly?

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* 6. Have you ever contacted an author through any other form of communication? E.g. Letters, Q&A sessions, literary festivals:

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* 7. If you answered ‘yes’ to question 4 and/or question 5, did you receive a reply from the author(s) you contacted?

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* 8. If you answered ‘yes’ to question 7, please indicate how the author's response made you feel. Write up to 100 words. If you answered 'no' to question 6, proceed to question 9:

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* 9. Are you an active member of any online communities that participate in activities relating to the fantasy genre? Please indicate all that apply to you, and give their names. E.g Fan Forum: SnitchSeeker.com:

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* 10. Are you an active member of any communities that DO NOT organize themselves online that participate in activity relating to the fantasy genre? Please indicate all that apply to you, and give their names. E.g Societies: The Tolkien Society:

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* 11. Have you ever written fan fiction? Please indicate all that apply to you:

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* 12. If you answered ‘yes’ to question 11, have you ever published your fan fiction through either official or unofficial channels (including forums and social media)? Please indicate all that apply to you, and give their names:

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* 13. If you indicated more than one channel of publication in question 12, please state your preferred channel, and give reasons as to why you preferred this channel. Write up to 100 words:

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* 14. If you answered ‘yes’ to question 11, as far as you are aware, does the author of the original work which your fan fiction is based on, know about your fan fiction?

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* 15. If you answered ‘yes’ to question 14, please indicate how they have made you aware of their knowledge:

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* 16. Comment on the role that social media plays in regards to the relationships between readers of fantasy and its authors. Write up to 200 words:

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