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Would it help or hurt the fandom if it was popular in the mainstream?

Zaedrin

Member
This is a question I've been wondering. Would it be best if it is smaller and more tightly-knit or is it better if it becomes mainstream and people join from all over?
 
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Deleted member 82554

Guest
It's a very controversial subject with no definite answer or outcome. For the most part, the fandom is a lot more mainstream than it was ten years ago and the level of 'acceptance' has increased dramatically. We're making progress provided the nature of the fandom continues to orientate around the idea that an interest in anthropomorphic animals is a hobby, not a lifestyle or fetish.
 
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FoxInTheCloset

The Over Caffeinated Vulpine
Damn my vulpine brethren beat me to the punch... I was basically gonna say the same thing.
 

Ahkrin Descol

RELIC Specialist
I imagine a lot of elitism would occur from the 'old' crowd and a fair amount of insecure people looking for general social acceptance would join as a means of being tolerated (and fail).

Other than that, it'd be nice to not have to keep quiet about it (my area's open minded but I've yet to meet a furry from here).
 

Drayx

Member
In every big group you can find subgroups and sub-genres. Having a small fandom of a certain orientation is always possible and easy to find, make it into the mainstream is the real challenge. The genre as a whole needs more high quality artists, writers and creators. I agree with Mr. Fox that the strengthening of the hobby part makes it more popular and less alienating.
 

SniperCoon2882

The insomniatic marksman
I imagine a lot of elitism would occur from the 'old' crowd and a fair amount of insecure people looking for general social acceptance would join as a means of being tolerated (and fail).

Other than that, it'd be nice to not have to keep quiet about it (my area's open minded but I've yet to meet a furry from here).

I've seen a number of videos recently that detail how the fandom's changed from being more about the characters and the mystique behind them (especially at conventions) back before 2010 or so to the more "hang out with friends" thing it's become nowadays.
 

SniperCoon2882

The insomniatic marksman
In every big group you can find subgroups and sub-genres. Having a small fandom of a certain orientation is always possible and easy to find, make it into the mainstream is the real challenge. The genre as a whole needs more high quality artists, writers and creators. I agree with Mr. Fox that the strengthening of the hobby part makes it more popular and less alienating.
We already have a REALLY large number of awesome artists though! We could totally do it based on sheer production possibilities.
 

Drayx

Member
We already have a REALLY large number of awesome artists though! We could totally do it based on sheer production possibilities.
You have a lot of artists, I'll give you that,

You have only a few who are really good, few that create something unique- with good plot, style or meaning, something other than porn-like or recycling of old themes. Most of the really good stuff comes from beyond our forum or fandom. I don't see any strong coherent group of artists, willing to make such a leap.
 

SniperCoon2882

The insomniatic marksman
You have a lot of artists, I'll give you that,

You have only a few who are really good, few that create something unique- with good plot, style or meaning, something other than porn-like or recycling of old themes. Most of the really good stuff comes from beyond our forum or fandom. I don't see any strong coherent group of artists, willing to make such a leap.
True...
I'm just saying that it is physically plausible.
 

ShamonCornell

Active Member
I'd say in-roads are being made, in terms of creating anthro stuff with good production and writing, that has mainstream appeal, though I also agree that we need more stuff that doesn't become fetish bait in a week or two.

Examples of good ambassadors to the world, include Solatorobo (A Nintendo DS game), Zootopia, Dust: An Elysian Tail (indie video game) and other such things.

It's happening, it's just taking its sweet time. The biggest thing is, the onus is literally ON US, and those like us, to do what we do: create, and do so in a way that has broad appeal beyond "fap material".
 
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