Wednesday, May 20, 2009
New Trials Fanfiction Word Count and Length
Sakura and Syaoran Yawning by ~wishluv on deviantART
I was in the midst of figuring out word count and whatnot for something else and then it occurred to me: How long IS New Trials?
You may all have noticed a lack of consistancy in the length of chapters in New Trials. Arc One definitely has the shortest chapters and average around the 3,500-7,000 word mark. Arc 2 gets longer, I think averaging between 6,000 to 16,500 range. I think Arc 3 is the real monster. I may be wrong, but I think the longest New Trials chapter to date is Chapter 50: A Winter's Conundrum with a whopping 61,600 words. To be fair, I did divide the chapter itself up to 7 sections. The Arc 3 "Finale" chapter was 47,000 words. I think a little over 30,000 words is a good approximation for the length of current chapters (which will inevitably get longer towards the end of the arc).
For a good comparisons sake, "Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone" is said to be around 80,000 words, while Deathly Hallows is 200,000. I would think New Trials currently is over 800,000 words counting all the specials. An adult novel is usually around 100,000 words, YA a little shorter. So, those of you who have read all of New Trials, you have read about ten novels around the length of "Sorceror's Stone." Congratulations! That in itself is quite an achievement, especially those who claim they read the whole thing in a week or two.
I was the one who got in trouble at school for writing essays twice the wordcount. Sighs. I began writing this monster of a fanfiction at the age of 13 and it is ten years later now. Obviously, I have had months of dry spells where I was too busy with school to write New Trials; when I am on a roll, I can produce an approx. 30,000 word chapter a month 50-70 pages 11 font Arial in Microsoft Words. As a history and English double major, I have written multitude of essays and papers and short stories for my writing classes and New Trials has constantly been a side project whilst I have graduated from high school as a National Honor Student, college with honors and currently have a normal functioning work and social life. I try to tell my self, 8-10 "fan novels" in ten years is not too bad were I to ever try to pursue a writing career in the future while carrying out all the duties of life as a woman. Yes, I am having a quarter-life crisis when I have to measure my life in the number of words I have produced (alluding to "Seasons of Love" RENT).
Tee hee. New Trials seems to have made it to the Card Captor Sakura Fan History Wiki page under "Influential Works." I wonder who put it there. I don't think it's the longest fanfiction on fanfiction.net, but I'm sure it's up there. It's just ironic to me that this fanfiction has lasted this long, and it's all thanks to YOU, my readers. Arigatou, Arigatou, Arigatou!