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An Ender fan survey

Despite the enthusiasm of the fans I've talked to online and in the real world, Ender fan participation on the internet seems surprisingly lacking, given the breadth of the universe and the complexity of the characters. Considering the active nature of other fandoms, even obscure ones, I was surprised at the lack of organized discussion and fan-created literature and art. I'm trying to figure out why this is, so I've come up with a list of basic questions to try to pinpoint the demographics of the fandom.

So! If you guys would fill this out this short survey and add any opinions you might have about the online Ender fan community, here it is! You can answer all of the questions, or only a few; any input at all is appreciated.


Age:
Gender:
Approximate location:

How old were you when you first read Ender's Game?

Have you read Speaker and the other Ender novels?

Did you read Speaker for the Dead and the other Ender novels immediately after Ender's Game?

If no, how old were you when you read Speaker?

Have you read Ender's Shadow?

If so, how old were you when you read Ender's Shadow?

Do you consider yourself part of the Ender fandom?

Do you consider yourself a part of any other book, movie, comic, television series, or videogame fandoms? If so, please list them.

Is the Ender fan community your primary fan community? If not, which is?

At what age did you begin using the internet?

How would you describe your general internet usage? How many hours a day or week do you spend online?

How much of this time is devoted to fan-related discussion?

How much of this time is devoted to Ender-related fan discussion?

At what age did you become involved in fan-related internet activity?

At what age did you become in Ender-related internet activity?

How would you describe your participation in the Ender fan community (Avid, moderate, silent)? Please elaborate.

How would you describe your participation in your other fandoms?

Where does the Ender series rank in your list of fandoms?

Do you read fanfiction or view fanart?

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart?

Do you read fanfiction or view fanart for the Ender series?

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart for the Ender series?

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in the Ender series? If so, please list them.

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in any of your other fandoms? If so, please list them.

Describe your offline fan activities, if any. This includes real-life discussions of books, movies, comics, videogames; participation in conventions; cosplay; and reading, watching or playing the original material of your fandom(s).

How much of your offline fan activity is devoted to the Ender series?

How much of your internet fan activity leaks into your real-life fan activity? Do you talk to your real-life friends about your fandoms and your activity in them?

What drew you to the Ender books?

What drew you to seek out fellow Ender fans on the internet?

How, in your opinion, does the Ender fan community differ from the fan communities for other books, comics, movies or video games?

Do you have any thoughts on the Ender fan community in general?


Feel free to add any information you feel is relevant, or to discuss anything the questions may have missed. This information will not be used for anything but my own informal research, and names/usernames will not be disclosed or taken into account. This is really just to help me and the rest of the Ender fandom understand more about itself! We seem to be a relatively small but desperately dedicated group, so I hope all of you who fill out the survey try to be as thorough as you can. Thanks!

(cross-posted at the Hatrack River forums)
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*Posted in two comments. I tend to ramble. XD

Will you be sharing the information that you find? I'm curious about this all as well. ^^;

Age: 22
Gender: F
Approximate location: Connecticut, USA

How old were you when you first read Ender's Game?
14

Have you read Speaker and the other Ender novels?
Yes

Did you read Speaker for the Dead and the other Ender novels immediately after Ender's Game?
Tried to, but it took me a while to get through the Shadow series

If no, how old were you when you read Speaker?

Have you read Ender's Shadow?
Yes

If so, how old were you when you read Ender's Shadow?
14

Do you consider yourself part of the Ender fandom?
Not really. I take part in very little discussions on the books, though I do lurk Hatrack

Do you consider yourself a part of any other book, movie, comic, television series, or videogame fandoms? If so, please list them.
Pokémon
The Sims 2
Kingdom Hearts
Digimon

Is the Ender fan community your primary fan community? If not, which is?
I mostly go to a Pokémon forum, which also has general discussions on other fandoms

At what age did you begin using the internet?
17

How would you describe your general internet usage? How many hours a day or week do you spend online?
I'm on anywhere from five hours to an hour a day

How much of this time is devoted to fan-related discussion?
Pretty much all of my time online is doing something in a fandom. But I don't really join in with a lot of discussions

How much of this time is devoted to Ender-related fan discussion?
None

At what age did you become involved in fan-related internet activity?
19

At what age did you become in Ender-related internet activity?
I'm still not really involved in anything related to the Enderverse series online. I do tend to mention the books often in conversations with my friends online, but I'm not involved in the actual fandom

How would you describe your participation in the Ender fan community (Avid, moderate, silent)? Please elaborate.
Silent. There's not a lot for me to discuss about with other fans because my opinions clash with the rest of the fandom

How would you describe your participation in your other fandoms?
Very active in the Pokémon fandom. I'm a moderator on one of the largest forums for that fandom. I tend to lurk in other fandoms, but I am going to become more active

Where does the Ender series rank in your list of fandoms?
It's my favorite thing to discuss, but since I'm not really active, I don't rank it that high

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Do you read fanfiction or view fanart?
Yes

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart?
Yes

Do you read fanfiction or view fanart for the Ender series?
I try to, whenever I find it.

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart for the Ender series?
Even though it goes against Card's wishes, I do

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in the Ender series? If so, please list them.
I have a cross-over ship between a character from Digimon and a character from the Enderverse series, so I do ship in this fandom somewhat

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in any of your other fandoms? If so, please list them.
Not really

Describe your offline fan activities, if any. This includes real-life discussions of books, movies, comics, videogames; participation in conventions; cosplay; and reading, watching or playing the original material of your fandom(s).
To answer, I'll just say that everyone I know in real life can identify me because I always have an OSC book in my pocket. For my other fandoms, I play the video game of the Sims 2 nightly, and rarely play the video games of my other fandoms. I do watch the Digimon anime when I can

How much of your offline fan activity is devoted to the Ender series?
A lot of it. I'm always flipping through the books to learn the canon material. I also read the books often

How much of your internet fan activity leaks into your real-life fan activity? Do you talk to your real-life friends about your fandoms and your activity in them?
Not at all

What drew you to the Ender books?
A friend of mine in high school allowed me to borrow his copy of Ender's Game. I enjoyed the books because of the character of Andrew Wiggin

What drew you to seek out fellow Ender fans on the internet?
There wasn't anyone in real life that I could discuss the books with, so I figured that the Internet would give me a few options. Since my main participation in fandoms is fan-creation works, I wouldn't be able to be too active, since Card is against fanfiction.

How, in your opinion, does the Ender fan community differ from the fan communities for other books, comics, movies or video games?
Not as active as the other fandoms I'm in. The books don't get discussed as often and as in-depth as the canon of the games or shows of the other fandoms. There's the asking how the books are, and the occasional question if there's a confusing plot point in the books, but once the question is answered, that's it for discussions

Do you have any thoughts on the Ender fan community in general?
None really. I'm not active enough to form an opinion, and I doubt that I'll join at any point in the future due to the fact that I don't really belong in this fandom, with the fact that I like discussing everything in a lot of depth and the fact that I write/read fanfiction.

But that's why you won't find a lot of fan-created literature or art, because Card's against it. His exact words were:

"I'm flattered; and then, if they try to publish it (including on the net) except in very restricted circumstances, I will sue, because if I do NOT act vigorously to protect my copyright, I will lose that copyright -- and that is the only inheritance I have to leave my family. So fan fiction, while flattering, is also an attack on my means of livelihood. It is also a poor substitute for the writers' inventing their own characters and situations. It does not help them as writers; it can easily harm me; and those who care about my stories and characters know that what I write is "real" and has authority, and what fans write is not and does not. So it's all pointless. I'd prefer simply to ignore it when it happens, but the way copyright law functions, I am told that I cannot ignore it. So there it is."
Age: 22
Gender: Female
Approximate location: East coast, USA

How old were you when you first read Ender's Game? 13

Have you read Speaker and the other Ender novels? Yes

Did you read Speaker for the Dead and the other Ender novels immediately after Ender's Game? Yes

If no, how old were you when you read Speaker? N/a

Have you read Ender's Shadow? Yes

If so, how old were you when you read Ender's Shadow? 14ish I think, not long after it came out

Do you consider yourself part of the Ender fandom? More or less.

Do you consider yourself a part of any other book, movie, comic, television series, or videogame fandoms? If so, please list them. Kind of, but only loosely. They come and go. I've been a member of Redwall, Animorphs, Dune, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Final Fantasy VII, Zelda, and Fullmetal Alchemist fandoms here and there.

Is the Ender fan community your primary fan community? If not, which is? I don't really have a primary fan community. It really depends on whatever happens to be the most active at any given time.

At what age did you begin using the internet? Around 10 with restriction, around 15 without restriction.

How would you describe your general internet usage? How many hours a day or week do you spend online? Um... a lot. >.>

How much of this time is devoted to fan-related discussion? It really depends a lot on whatever's active. It's not consistent.

How much of this time is devoted to Ender-related fan discussion? Not very much at all, due largely to aforementioned inactivity.

At what age did you become involved in fan-related internet activity? The first thing I found online when I started using the internet were various Redwall communities, so I guess around 10.

At what age did you become in Ender-related internet activity? Maybe 17 or so. I don't really remember.

How would you describe your participation in the Ender fan community (Avid, moderate, silent)? Please elaborate. Often silent, I guess, unless there's something specific that arises and sparks my interest. It seems like a lot of my favorite topics of interest involving the series have already been discussed to death, so rather than engaging in discussion on a said topic, I'll just do a search for a thread at Hatrack or something and read it.

How would you describe your participation in your other fandoms? Moderate or so nowadays. I don't think I'd say "avid" for any particular fandom.

Where does the Ender series rank in your list of fandoms? As far as my interest in the series itself goes, it ought to be #1, but it's not really because of the fanbase and frequency of discussion. I guess I'd say that nowadays it falls somewhere around #8-10 or so.

Do you read fanfiction or view fanart? Sometimes.

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart? Sometimes.
Do you read fanfiction or view fanart for the Ender series? Infrequently, but sometimes.

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart for the Ender series? I've tried illustrating various things from the series that I don't often see people draw, like the Pequeninos.

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in the Ender series? If so, please list them. It's weird... I used to be really into the whole slash thing, but the only pairings I support in the Ender series are the canon ones. I think Bean/Petra is probably my favorite.

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in any of your other fandoms? If so, please list them. I used to be into a lot (like, uh, Ford/Arthur from Hitchhiker's Guide) but my interest in such things isn't very strong anymore.

Describe your offline fan activities, if any. This includes real-life discussions of books, movies, comics, videogames; participation in conventions; cosplay; and reading, watching or playing the original material of your fandom(s). I read a lot, play a lot of video games, and occasionally draw fanart. I watch a moderate amount of movies and very infrequently watch television, and only if it's something that really catches my interest (right now it's the show Dexter). All of these things I discuss with my friends who are into the same things.

How much of your offline fan activity is devoted to the Ender series? Lately I guess you could say it's been a fair amount. Within the past year I've gotten my boyfriend to read almost the entire series, and more recently his mom also. Both of them are really enjoying it, so I've spent more time than usual discussing it with them.

How much of your internet fan activity leaks into your real-life fan activity? Do you talk to your real-life friends about your fandoms and your activity in them? Yeah, some. My boyfriend and several of my real-life friends are into the same internet fan communities as myself, so a substantial amount of that discussion leaks into real life.

What drew you to the Ender books? I don't know... the same things that draw any gifted, loner, nerdy teenager to the series. I loved the characterization, the dialogue, and the unique plot elements. I especially loved the interesting moral conflicts that they made me think about. As a young teenager, a lot of these concepts were fairly new to me at the time.

What drew you to seek out fellow Ender fans on the internet? Just a pervasive need to discuss certain things about them in a depth that I couldn't satisfy in real life.

How, in your opinion, does the Ender fan community differ from the fan communities for other books, comics, movies or video games? It seems less... fanatic and obsessive, I guess.

Do you have any thoughts on the Ender fan community in general? I get tired of hearing people bitch about Card's political and religious leanings.
Age: 28
Gender: Female
Approximate location: Dallas, TX

How old were you when you first read Ender's Game? 17

Have you read Speaker and the other Ender novels? Yuppers, all of them except War of Gifts.

Did you read Speaker for the Dead and the other Ender novels immediately after Ender's Game? Yes, or as soon as they came out.

If no, how old were you when you read Speaker? 17

Have you read Ender's Shadow? Yes

If so, how old were you when you read Ender's Shadow? 21? It was as soon as it came out...

Do you consider yourself part of the Ender fandom? YES!

Do you consider yourself a part of any other book, movie, comic, television series, or videogame fandoms? If so, please list them. LOTR, Narnia, Aliens, X-men, Firefly, Farscape

Is the Ender fan community your primary fan community? If not, which is? X-men, LOTR

At what age did you begin using the internet? 14, back when it was still an hourly service ><

How would you describe your general internet usage? How many hours a day or week do you spend online? 6 hours a day

How much of this time is devoted to fan-related discussion? 2

How much of this time is devoted to Ender-related fan discussion? Not much discussion, but I do tend to read the boards and any new info that comes out

At what age did you become involved in fan-related internet activity? 16

At what age did you become in Ender-related internet activity? 21?

How would you describe your participation in the Ender fan community (Avid, moderate, silent)? Please elaborate. Silent to moderate. I read a lot and barely comment except to my friends that are fans too.

How would you describe your participation in your other fandoms? Moderate to Avid, depending on when. I have a 6 month old son now so I'm not as involved as I was, but I've ran conventions for anime and Firefly fans in the past as well as been GM for several X-men RPGs.

Where does the Ender series rank in your list of fandoms? Very high, there just isn't much merchandising or as much ability to interact in the fandom as in others.

Do you read fanfiction or view fanart? Rarely

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart? I write freestyle RPGs for x-men with my friends, but I don't think that counts

Do you read fanfiction or view fanart for the Ender series? Seen a bit of a fanart, but that's it. Although I have heard some great Ender FILK. The Ash Can Painter's Ender song is phenomenal!

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart for the Ender series? Nope

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in the Ender series? If so, please list them. Peter & Petra! I'm not a shipper though, I just think their relationship was awesome.

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in any of your other fandoms? If so, please list them. Not really...

Describe your offline fan activities, if any. This includes real-life discussions of books, movies, comics, videogames; participation in conventions; cosplay; and reading, watching or playing the original material of your fandom(s). I've run anime and Firefly conventions, RP'd for x-men, read everything Aliens related I can get my hands on, cosplayed from X-men (as Blink from Exiles), Kaylee from Firely and Aryn from Farscape, and a random Hobbit from LOTR.
How much of your offline fan activity is devoted to the Ender series? I named my son Peter (does that count? :P) and made a cafepress site for Wiggin '08 for Hegemon - http://www.cafepress.com/wiggin08

How much of your internet fan activity leaks into your real-life fan activity? Do you talk to your real-life friends about your fandoms and your activity in them? My friends, not so much my family

What drew you to the Ender books? A girl in my creative writing class my senior year said it was her favorite book and that it had changed her life. She didn't read much so I was intrigued and read it. Fell in love!

What drew you to seek out fellow Ender fans on the internet? Trying to find info about the movie and future books

How, in your opinion, does the Ender fan community differ from the fan communities for other books, comics, movies or video games? Not as much of a sense of community as, say, the Browncoats.

Do you have any thoughts on the Ender fan community in general? I wish we had more merchandising!!! Even if it's not official, like what the Browncoats have done for Firefly.
Oh, I also forgot that I dressed my son up as Jayne from Firefly for Halloween too...and he'll be a Hobbit next year! Hmm..maybe I should plan on dressing him up at Bean in three years? :P
Age: 16 (which frightens me, as everybody else who commented was in their 20's)
Gender: Female...
Approximate location: Canada

How old were you when you first read Ender's Game? 15

Have you read Speaker and the other Ender novels? I think the only one I've missed is Ender in Exile (no spoilers please? haha)

Did you read Speaker for the Dead and the other Ender novels immediately after Ender's Game? As soon as I could buy them, yes.

If no, how old were you when you read Speaker? 15!

Have you read Ender's Shadow? Yes.

If so, how old were you when you read Ender's Shadow? ... 15 ...

Do you consider yourself part of the Ender fandom? I do, I do. Peter Wiggin '08! Though it's already '09 ...

Do you consider yourself a part of any other book, movie, comic, television series, or videogame fandoms? If so, please list them. Hmm. Harry Potter, Inkheart, Eragon, The Dark Knight - mostly The Joker, of course, but still. Any others fail to come to mind. They all seem so childish. ... Crud.

Is the Ender fan community your primary fan community? If not, which is? No, I'm more into The Joker (but then again, that's the hot thing right now, isn't it?) Not to say Ender's Game or the fandom is any less intriguing ... I find it easier to write other things.

At what age did you begin using the internet? Wow. Ah, 12, I guess?

How would you describe your general internet usage? How many hours a day or week do you spend online? I use it for connecting with friends, usually, or reading fanfiction. The websites I go to are mostly creative sites, such as lj. A day I'd say about four recently, only because it's Christmas vacation.

How much of this time is devoted to fan-related discussion? Most of it.

How much of this time is devoted to Ender-related fan discussion? Until now, none of it.

At what age did you become involved in fan-related internet activity? Maybe when I was 14.

At what age did you become in Ender-related internet activity? About three and a half minutes ago, though that isn't an age. I have trouble finding Enderverse-related things.

How would you describe your participation in the Ender fan community (Avid, moderate, silent)? Please elaborate. Sheesh. Up 'til now, silent. If I suddenly become intelligent enough to write Ender-fic, I'll do so, but until then ... and I certainly can't draw.

How would you describe your participation in your other fandoms? I wrote one semi-quazi-successful Twilight fanfic, before the hype started up. Not very proud of it. Completed one story about The Joker, now writing the sequel. More proud of these, but I've read much better. I write Harry Potter, more Joker (different points of view, Gotham universe, AU, etc.), and Ender from time to time when an idea comes to me.

Where does the Ender series rank in your list of fandoms? Tied with Potter for second.

Do you read fanfiction or view fanart? In general, constantly.

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart? I write. I draw, but I don't post that.
Do you read fanfiction or view fanart for the Ender series? I'm about to.

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart for the Ender series? I highly doubt I'm talented enough.

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in the Ender series? If so, please list them. Depends on my mood! Peter/OC, Petra/Ender, Bean/Petra, Dink/Petra, Valentine/Dink (just to see what would happen), Peter/Petra. Assuming they're all of age.

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in any of your other fandoms? If so, please list them. Uhm. Okay. Harry/Ginny, Draco/Hermione, Ron/Hermione ... The Joker/OC, The Joker/Harley, Bruce/Rachel, Batman/Rachel ... Elinor/Fenoglio (they're both somewhat elderly, so purely in a *what would happen* way), Meggia/Doria.

Describe your offline fan activities, if any. This includes real-life discussions of books, movies, comics, videogames; participation in conventions; cosplay; and reading, watching or playing the original material of your fandom(s). I constantly re-read Harry Potter, Ender's Game, Inkheart, and Eragon. I don't have much Batman material to read, other than the one comic book I'm in love with. The Killing Joke.

How much of your offline fan activity is devoted to the Ender series? Right now, most of it, as I'm re-reading the series. But I'm also working on a picture of The Joker from the comic books.

How much of your internet fan activity leaks into your real-life fan activity? Do you talk to your real-life friends about your fandoms and your activity in them? None, no.

What drew you to the Ender books? A friend. And after reading one, I HAD to read the rest. I loved them.

What drew you to seek out fellow Ender fans on the internet? The apparent lack of fans on the Internet.

How, in your opinion, does the Ender fan community differ from the fan communities for other books, comics, movies or video games? It's much less active.

Do you have any thoughts on the Ender fan community in general? Not ... really ...
Age: 25
Gender: female
Approximate location: birmingham, al

How old were you when you first read Ender's Game? 19

Have you read Speaker and the other Ender novels? yes

Did you read Speaker for the Dead and the other Ender novels immediately after Ender's Game? yes

Have you read Ender's Shadow? yes

If so, how old were you when you read Ender's Shadow? 19

Do you consider yourself part of the Ender fandom? yes

Do you consider yourself a part of any other book, movie, comic, television series, or videogame fandoms? yes

If so, please list them. harry potter, wheel of time, star trek, farscape, firefly

Is the Ender fan community your primary fan community? yes

At what age did you begin using the internet? 16

How would you describe your general internet usage? How many hours a day or week do you spend online? per day: 3-4 hours when working, 6-8 hours when not working

How much of this time is devoted to fan-related discussion? .5 hours

How much of this time is devoted to Ender-related fan discussion? .4 hours

At what age did you become involved in fan-related internet activity? 16

At what age did you become in Ender-related internet activity? 19

How would you describe your participation in the Ender fan community (Avid, moderate, silent)? silent.... very rarely do i comment

How would you describe your participation in your other fandoms? same

Where does the Ender series rank in your list of fandoms? 1

Do you read fanfiction or view fanart? yes

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart? no

Do you read fanfiction or view fanart for the Ender series? yes

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart for the Ender series? no

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in the Ender series? no If so, please list them.

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in any of your other fandoms? no If so, please list them.

Describe your offline fan activities, if any. This includes real-life discussions of books, movies, comics, videogames; participation in conventions; cosplay; and reading, watching or playing the original material of your fandom(s). discussion with few friends, attendence of one scifi convention, reading fanfic

How much of your offline fan activity is devoted to the Ender series? 50%

How much of your internet fan activity leaks into your real-life fan activity? Do you talk to your real-life friends about your fandoms and your activity in them? not much... very few of my friends care about my fandoms

What drew you to the Ender books? at first the reviews but the writing, stories, and characters are what kept me

What drew you to seek out fellow Ender fans on the internet? geekiness is better shared

How, in your opinion, does the Ender fan community differ from the fan communities for other books, comics, movies or video games? it seems smaller



Age: 17
Gender: Female
Approximate location: Houston, Texas

How old were you when you first read Ender's Game?
9 years old

Have you read Speaker and the other Ender novels?
Yes

Did you read Speaker for the Dead and the other Ender novels immediately after Ender's Game?
Yes

Have you read Ender's Shadow?
Yes

If so, how old were you when you read Ender's Shadow?
9 years old

Do you consider yourself part of the Ender fandom?
Yes

Do you consider yourself a part of any other book, movie, comic, television series, or video game fandoms? If so, please list them.
Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Final Fantasy, Lord of the Rings, etc. etc.

Is the Ender fan community your primary fan community? If not, which is?
No, mostly Doctor Who and Harry Potter.

At what age did you begin using the internet?
Erm... 9 or 10 I guess.

How would you describe your general internet usage? How many hours a day or week do you spend online?
I use the internet for gathering information mostly. Probably about 3 or 4 hours a day, depending on how much homework I have.

How much of this time is devoted to fan-related discussion?
None on the internet. I prefer to talk to people face to face.

How much of this time is devoted to Ender-related fan discussion?
Again, none. I do have a very close friend who is also an Ender's Game fan and I got my Gifted and Talented English class tob read and discuss the book.
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At what age did you become involved in fan-related internet activity?
N/A

At what age did you become in Ender-related internet activity?
N/A

How would you describe your participation in the Ender fan community (Avid, moderate, silent)? Please elaborate.
Silent, I'm mostly a lurker. Sometimes not even that because it's so hard to find Ender related communities on the internet.

How would you describe your participation in your other fandoms?
Again, a lurker.

Where does the Ender series rank in your list of fandoms?
Definitely in the top three. I have a tradition where I read Ender's Game and Shadow once a year.

Do you read fanfiction or view fanart?
Yes

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart?
Sort of, but I don't publish it on the internet.

Do you read fanfiction or view fanart for the Ender series?
Yes, when I can find it.

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart for the Ender series?
No, but I have doodled a few things in my school notebooks, namely the Battle Room (I find the concept of it fascinating). I've also created yarn and bead bracelets with the the different Army colors.

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in the Ender series? If so, please list them.
I have a soft spot for Dink/Petra because of the small glimpses of interaction between them in Ender's Game and the short story A War of Gifts.

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in any of your other fandoms? If so, please list them.
Oh, definitely yes. For Doctor Who I fully support Doctor/Rose, and for Harry Potter I lean towards Remus/Tonks and Ron/Hermione.

Describe your offline fan activities, if any. This includes real-life discussions of books, movies, comics, video games; participation in conventions; cosplay; and reading, watching or playing the original material of your fandom(s).
I love discussing books with a very close friend of mine. We like the same king of things, but often have radically different opinions about them. It is great fun to debate our views about it.

How much of your offline fan activity is devoted to the Ender series?
I always get really excited about Ender's Game during my yearly readings, so it tends to spike around then. Every time I read it I discover something new.

How much of your internet fan activity leaks into your real-life fan activity? Do you talk to your real-life friends about your fandoms and your activity in them?
Yes, quite often.

What drew you to the Ender books?
I'm a Sci-Fi lover, and because I read the books as a young child it was very easy for me to relate to the characters.

What drew you to seek out fellow Ender fans on the internet?
The sad lack of people who have read Ender's Game in my school. I'm all for making it a part of the high school curriculum!

How, in your opinion, does the Ender fan community differ from the fan communities for other books, comics, movies or video games?
I think that that Ender's Game is a little bit more serious than other fandoms because the book is closer to real life than fantasy. Excluding the alien invasion bit, this book presents an incredibly realistic view of our future. This was especially apparent when reading the Shadow books.

Do you have any thoughts on the Ender fan community in general?
I love Ender's Game and I wish we could step out and find each other to create a large network of fans and continue the lively discussion of this great book.
Age: 18
Gender: M
Approximate location: US of A

How old were you when you first read Ender's Game?: God, like -- sixth grade, or something. I didn't understand most of it, then.

Have you read Speaker and the other Ender novels?: I've read Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Ender's Shadow, and Ender in Exile.

Did you read Speaker for the Dead and the other Ender novels immediately after Ender's Game?: No -- it took me almost four years to read Speaker for the Dead after the first time I read Ender's Game.

If no, how old were you when you read Speaker?: 16, ish?

Have you read Ender's Shadow?: Yeah.

If so, how old were you when you read Ender's Shadow?: 16, I read it almost immediately after Speaker.

Do you consider yourself part of the Ender fandom?: I don't .. actually know if there is an Ender fandom, per se, at least not as much as there are other fandoms (i.e. in the manga and anime 'verses). I would consider myself an avid fan of the series, yes.

Do you consider yourself a part of any other book, movie, comic, television series, or videogame fandoms? If so, please list them: Oh tits, are you serious? I'd be going on for ages.

Is the Ender fan community your primary fan community? If not, which is?: No -- that would probably be Kingdom Hearts.

At what age did you begin using the internet?: Like 11 or something obscene like that. I made my first FFN username when I was 12.

How would you describe your general internet usage? How many hours a day or week do you spend online?: Kind of a lot, actually.

How much of this time is devoted to fan-related discussion?: Most of it.

How much of this time is devoted to Ender-related fan discussion?: Not very much of it -- that all happens IRL, for me.

At what age did you become involved in fan-related internet activity?: 12. Heh.

At what age did you become in Ender-related internet activity?: Just very recently, in fact.

How would you describe your participation in the Ender fan community (Avid, moderate, silent)? Please elaborate: Mostly silent, tbh.

How would you describe your participation in your other fandoms?: Way, way stronger.

Where does the Ender series rank in your list of fandoms?: It's my #2 favorite book of all time, but I'm not very active in the fandom, so .. I don't know!

Do you read fanfiction or view fanart?: Yes to both!

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart?: I write, but don't draw.

Do you read fanfiction or view fanart for the Ender series?: I've tried, but there is so little good Ender fic out there, let me tell you.

Do you write fanfiction or create fanart for the Ender series?: Nope. I've wanted to, though.

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in the Ender series? If so, please list them: The thing is, I feel weird shipping in the Ender fandom because they're all like seven when Ender's Game is happening. It's better for Ender in Exile and Speaker for the Dead .. I'll admit to sort of shipping Ender with -- okay this is going to make me a bad fan, I can just tell, but I sort of shipped Ender with that one dude who got electrified by the colony's fence after his dad was eviscerated .. or something?

Do you actively support certain pairings/relationships in any of your other fandoms? If so, please list them: .. You've gotta be kidding. Again, I'd be going on for ages.

Describe your offline fan activities, if any. This includes real-life discussions of books, movies, comics, videogames; participation in conventions; cosplay; and reading, watching or playing the original material of your fandom(s): I go to conventions all the time, and occasionally host panels about writing. And my friends and I talk about fandom all the time.

How much of your offline fan activity is devoted to the Ender series?: A small amount, comparatively, though the majority of my friends have read the book.

How much of your internet fan activity leaks into your real-life fan activity? Do you talk to your real-life friends about your fandoms and your activity in them?: HAHAHA YEAH. Most of my friends are in the same fandoms as I am.

What drew you to the Ender books?: I don't remember. I think my mom might've recommended it to me, or something.

What drew you to seek out fellow Ender fans on the internet?: The lack of good Ender fic.

How, in your opinion, does the Ender fan community differ from the fan communities for other books, comics, movies or video games?: Well .. okay, I don't want to sound like an elitist, so take this with a grain of salt, but I think that it requires a certain higher level of intelligence to understand and really appreciate the Ender series. Not to say that all Ender fans are supergeniuses, or that we don't have our fair share of badfic writers and weird people, but for the most part, this fandom seems a lot more mature than the others that I'm in (which are primarily anime, manga, and video-game based, so).

Do you have any thoughts on the Ender fan community in general?: NEED MOAR.
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