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A few questions about foreign culture in fanfiction.

So I'm still working on the fic where Hermione goes to Spain for a few years, etc etc. And I'm more curious as to what other people like and write about in their fanfiction. Obviously, these questions are geared mainly towards the HP fandom. The questions are geared towards stories where a canon character is a major player, not fics set in the magical universe with original characters or characters that aren't from Hogwarts living in their native homes. So a story where Hermione lives in Bulgaria with Viktor is fine, but one that's about Viktor living in Bulgaria doesn't count. It's the cross-culturalism I'm interested in.

The questions are pretty general, but I'd appreciate anything else anyone can comment or suggest. Or fics set in different countries, I love those. ;] I tried to be somewhat specific, but feel free to point anything out. Thanks!




Poll #661650 Foreign Cultures/Travel in Fanfiction

Have you ever written a character placed in a culture that they weren't raised in?

Yes, slightly [only a mention or two]
4(26.7%)
Yes, majorly [a major point of the plot]
7(46.7%)
No
4(26.7%)

Have you read and enjoyed a fic that takes place in a country other than the place[s] where the canon story is set?

Yes
14(93.3%)
No
1(6.7%)

What places have you taken your characters to?

None
2(14.3%)
France
1(7.1%)
Spain
0(0.0%)
Romania
1(7.1%)
Italy
1(7.1%)
Bulgaria
0(0.0%)
Other part of Northern Europe [please specify]
0(0.0%)
Other part of Western Europe [please specify]
0(0.0%)
Other part of Eastern Europe [please specify]
1(7.1%)
North America [please specify]
2(14.3%)
Central/South America [please specify]
0(0.0%)
Oceania [Australia/New Zealand and others] [please specify]
0(0.0%)
Africa [please specify]
0(0.0%)
Asia [please specify]
0(0.0%)
Other [please specify]
0(0.0%)

Why did you send them out of their native area?

Visiting friends or family overseas
1(8.3%)
Work-related
1(8.3%)
Starting a new life
3(25.0%)
Just vacationing
0(0.0%)
Other [please specify]
0(0.0%)

Do you include foreign culture and language in your stories?

small snippets of language
2(15.4%)
large snippets of language
0(0.0%)
small bits of culture
1(7.7%)
large bits of culture
1(7.7%)
small bits of culture and language
3(23.1%)
large bits of culture and language
0(0.0%)
other [please specify]
0(0.0%)

What type of research do you do for foriegn culture fics?

None
0(0.0%)
None, because I set them in places I'm familiar with
3(25.0%)
Just what I learnt in school
1(8.3%)
Look up phrases in foreign language
0(0.0%)
Wikipedia/Google research
1(8.3%)
Hit the library
1(8.3%)
Ask friends/fellow fandomers/people from the area
0(0.0%)
Nothing says research like a few creative liberties!
0(0.0%)

Yay!

Now I ain't sayin' you a gold digger
2(15.4%)
Just like a boy trying to give it away
1(7.7%)
Through traffic jams in Tokyo
3(23.1%)
Where's there a point to this?
0(0.0%)
I want the Viktor Krum Action Figure: Now with over 30 authentic Bulgarian curses!
7(53.8%)
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