Quotation Marchenko, Maria, Sonnabend, Hendrik. 2022. From Consumers to Creators: The economics of fan fiction (preliminary).




This paper studies determinants of the voluntary provision of user-generated (online) content. Using data from the largest fan fiction website, we find that users respond more strongly to high-quality community feedback (reviews) than to low-quality community feedback (followers). Moreover, regression analyses based on the 150 most targeted original works indicate that bestsellers, series and books with film adaptations trigger more contributions, whereas fan fiction texts related to books written by female authors are, on balance, more extensive. Finally, we provide first evidence on users' reactions to the release of a new material (books, films).


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title From Consumers to Creators: The economics of fan fiction (preliminary)
Year 2022
JEL H41, C31, D01, Z11


Marchenko, Maria (Details)
Sonnabend, Hendrik (University of Hagen, Germany)
Department of Economics (Kartal) (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1162 Statistics (Details)
5304 Labour market research (Details)
5323 Econometrics (Details)
5362 Cultural economics (Details)
5803 Educational research (Details)
5804 Educational economy (Details)
5902 Labour market research (Details)
5906 Educational economy (Details)
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