We’ve shared a lot of teasers, and a lot of information, and now we thought – time for a bit of an overview!
All our contributors write both fanfiction and original stories, and as members of fanfic communities and regular users of websites like Archive of Our Own, we all have strong feelings about the importance of accurately tagging stories. As such, from inception, tagging has been an important feature of the collection, and all the stories include content tags and warnings, to help readers find content they want to read – and avoid that which they’re uncomfortable with.
We recently finished standardizing and updating the tags across all the stories, and thought it might be fun to share some of final counts with you! They give an idea of the range of stories in the collection, what they have in common…and what they don’t!
Note that no stories are tagged “modern with magic,” “fluff,” or “coffee shop,” since that’s everyone! 😀
Point of View:
- 18 of our stories are third person narrow/limited
- 1 has an alternating third person narrow
- 1 has third person semi-omniscient
- And 6 of narrators that are unreliable
15 of our stories are written in past tense, 5 in present tense.
- wlw: 6
- mlm: 6
- mlen: 3
- interspecies romance: 8
- polyamory: 2
(this doesn’t add up to 20, since some of the stories have relationship types that don’t neatly fit into a type, or the relationship is primarily platonic, etc.)
Not every story has a specified/identified setting – some are left to the imagination! – but we have stories set in the United States, western Europe, Norway, Russia, and Iceland!
Considering we have a LOT of common and popular tropes in our stories, but some that come up most often include…
- angst (mild): 6
- first kiss: 6
- flirting: 6
- getting together: 5
- meet cute: 5
- miscommunication: 4
- mutual pining: 9
- reunion: 5
Character Features, Sexuality, Gender, and Romanticism:
Note that this is far from a complete list – it reflects instead instances where authors specified, and doesn’t include all the tags we’ve used, just the most common. And in lots of cases, the author didn’t specific – it’s left to the reader’s imagination, to interpret them as they wish!
- aromantic character: 2
- BIPOC characters: 10
- bisexual character: 5
- homosexual character: 2
- nonbinary character: 4
We’ve also got characters with disabilities, chubby characters, asexual characters, lesbian characters, agender and genderfluid characters, and more!
And of course, there’s lots of creatures and magic!
- Animal shifters: 3
- Dragon: 3
- Fae and Fairy Folk: 3
- Magic users: 12
- Vampires: 2
- Witches: 4
As well as gods, spirits, reapers, and many types of magic use from multiple cultures!
Lastly, of course it’s not all fun and games – we do have some warnings. Our stories are mostly fluffy, so these are generally mild, but we want to be sure readers have an idea what they’re in for, so some of our stories have warnings for aphobia, biphobia, transphobia, classism, speciesism, off-screen death of a relative, strained family relationships, dysphoria, and more.
In the print book and e-book, every story includes a list of tags – warnings included! – at the beginning, and there’s also an index to help find (or avoid!) stories based on the tags.
Story headers look like this:
And the index like this:
So, if stories with these tags sound like stories you’d like to read?
Then make sure you check out our Kickstarter! We’ll only be printing enough physical books and merch to fill existing orders (there might be enough extras for a post-KS extras sale but there is zero guarantee!) so if you want these items, it’s now or never!
Only ten days left to buy Add Magic to Taste!
(and, if you want to support us in general…did you know we had a Patreon?)