NPR explores how SUPERNATURAL fans keep show afloat

It’s not an unknown fact among the Supernatural fandom that our show doesn’t sit too well with critics. We also know its not the most-watched series around. But credit has to be given to such an incredible fanbase, and NPR did that with this touching broadcast.

And this is why we’re looking at the CW show Supernatural. Unlike a massively popular scripted TV show like The Big Bang Theory or The Walking Dead, it has only about 3 million viewers. Its Nielsen ratings are, frankly, not that great. Yet Supernatural has lasted for nine seasons (so far), partly because its fan base makes up in engagement what it lacks in size. Supernatural has almost as many “likes” on Facebook as NCIS, a show with an audience six times larger.
That Supernatural‘s leads are two preternaturally handsome young men, of course, doesn’t hurt. They’re blogged about on Tumblr more than almost any other actor except for Benedict Cumberbatch. But it takes more than sex appeal to achieve such fan activation. Fans appreciate the show’s complicated plotting, its rich world of details and its unanswered questions. That’s all fodder to argue about on message boards and explore in fan fiction. What kind of powers does a fallen angel have? What were the main characters  like as children? Is a sexy demon a goodsexy demon or a bad sexy demon?

One of the best parts of the commentary has to be when author S. E. Hinton is brought up- who knew acclaimed authors wrote fanfiction?

And Supernatural fan fiction has been penned by no less of a literary personage than S.E. Hinton, who’s much better known for authoring classic young adult novels, including The Outsiders and That Was Then, This Is Now. She enjoys fan fiction’s anonymity, so she refused to offer any clues about how to find hers.
“If you come across one that’s just really good, that’s mine,” she told NPR.

Listen to the full story on NPR‘s website.

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(Yes, that is Jared Padalecki)