Sameness Attracts, Novelty Disturbs, but Outliers Flourish in Fanfiction Online

16 Apr 2019Elise JingSimon DeDeoYong-Yeol Ahn

The nature of what people enjoy is not just a central question for the creative industry, it is a driving force of cultural evolution. It is widely believed that successful cultural products balance novelty and conventionality: they provide something familiar but at least somewhat divergent from what has come before, and occupy a satisfying middle ground between "more of the same" and "too strange"... (read more)

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