|Harry Potter Fan Fiction - Help with MA thesis!
||[Apr. 14th, 2009 . 01:56 pm]
A Lily and James Fan Club
Hello!|I hope it's OK that I'm posting this message here. I do not have any financial interest whatsoever, this message regards academic research only!
My name is Petra Baumann and I’m doing research for my master’s thesis in sociology on Harry Potter fan fiction at the University of Graz, Austria. As a sociologist, I am especially interested in the social background of fan fiction authors: where they come from, how old they are, etc. Through my research I found that the only data available about fan fiction writers is that of early Star Trek fans, that is, middle-aged women writers from the United States. It seems likely that this information about the creators of fan fiction is out-of-date and inapplicable in today’s Harry Potter fan fiction community.
In order to get a more appropriate picture of Harry Potter fan fiction authors, I developed a short online questionnaire. If you are an author of Harry Potter fan fiction you would immensely help me with my research if you could answer this questionnaire at
The questions will take about 10 minutes to answer and there will be no spam or advertising when you click the link. The evaluation is done anonymously and the data will be used solely for academic research. If you have any questions regarding the questionnaire or my research please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my LiveJournal.