* just ducky

HP =/= Dying (not anytime soon at least)

Edit: Often repeated topic so FEEL FREE TO ROLL YOUR EYES AND SKIP. Been talked about on the flist by one or two peeps and...well, this was the result. Crap, I ramble.

Most fandoms with closed canon slow down and at some point (after a decade or more in some cases) they're pretty much dead. But I've noticed that less with book!fandoms and more with show!fandoms. Books seem to have a more timeless quality to them, I'm not sure why. It's easier to jump on the bandwagon even if the story was published 50 odd years ago.

I've always thought of HP as the book version of the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises. Actually, I kinda wish it were MORE like ST, because that would mean we'd get more canon fodder every decade or so. Not necessarily in the same 'verse or time, but that''d make it even more interesting IMO.

Still, we have movies and a theme park and maybe some day there'll be a animated movie (like Final Fantasy!) where the actors don't age too fast, LOOK the part and have facial expressions that make sense for various scenes *lives in hope* With stuff like that I can definitely see a resurgence for the fandom.

But even without it, with the number of fests and the size of the active community, we still have a lot of steam to carry us forward over the years. There might be a time where it feels like "been there, done that" but as long as new blood keeps coming in, there's always the possiby of finding something fresh in fandom, if not canon, that makes us fall in love with our ships and characters again.

And while peeps may get interested in other fandoms, there's no reason why they can't be active in all of them to varying degrees. I'm pro multi-fandoms 'cause it prevents you from getting burnt out from a single fandom - you get to try creative and fabulous fanworks with totally different ideas and then come back for some HP!love when the urge strikes again. At some point, maybe you *will* loose interest in HP, but I usually find that a single gorgeous fanart/fanwork can rekindle waning interest in a ship.
Yes, I hope it's not like that animated Brady Bunch series in which they had a magical crow friend.
I don't think HP will start losing its forward momentum until after the last movie is released. Because yes, the books are finished, but it's not quite a closed canon, as we still have supplemental material being regularly released, like the films and JKR's forthcoming guide, and even the little ficlet she wrote about James and Sirius.

Edited at 2008-08-25 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this post! And you're right!

Actually, I kinda wish it were MORE like ST, because that would mean we'd get more canon fodder every decade or so

I wish that, too. C'mon, JKR!
I think that HP is still strong because of the Movies. But you are right I always come back after a while to read some new storys or look at fanart. In my opinion with books it's easyer to jump back in because mostly you don't have that many books or you just read your favorites. It`s simply easier to read a book than watch a full season. It's the same with movies, I mean there are still Black Hawk Down fics beeing written, it's just that Movies mostly don't have that big a fanbase that you notice it.
I think the crucial thing about HP is that although the canon may be closed (despite the movies and JKR's snippets to come), there's still so much to explore, like, the entire adult life of all characters especially if you ignore the crapilogue, which I happily do; unlike fandoms where, with the last book/episode, the whole story is finished, not just the first 17 years.

OMG, an animated film! Want!! :)

Also, we should consider the sheer SIZE of HP fandom. In ten years, it would possibly 'degrade' to the size of other BIG active fandoms. Methinks :) I'm ever an optimist!
Um... sorry for the offtop, but could you please share with me the grace of your current layout's code?)) Stumbled on it occasionally and was literally swept off my feet - just the thing I DREAMT my LJ to look like! Will credit, of course))
My first book fandom was Earth Children series (Jean Auel). I loved the setting so much, even though the character went flat after book one so I kept coming for more. It's still very much alive and kicking, but than there is still canon fodder on the way (if Auel doesn't die on us first, she's one hell of a slow writer).

I'm secretly afraid our section of the fandom will slowly perish (H/D) but than again it means a lot to me and I always anguish over the possible termination of my obsessions. I'm not afraid for the gen part of the fandom - it's too huge a book to lose its steam completely.
LMAO. One weekend of slow posts and suddenly the HP fandom is dying. Nothing to do with the fact that half of my f-list seem to be going back to university/moving house right now, or that people seem to traditionally post less on the weekends, of course :D
I have gotten burnt out on HP twice and come back both times; it almost feels okay since I know the fandom is still huge and active and will be there when I'm ready if I need to step away from it for a while, you know?
I don't think this fandom will ever disappear. The books may have ended but there's still the movies and as long there is still the fanbase for HP there, that fandom will still be around.

i can't remember if i left a comment before - but i use your amazing rec lists all the time, and was wondering if i could friend your journal? :D