Because I love excel too much...
This chart demonstrates the amount of completed SoonSeok (Red), SoonHoon (Blue), and SoonWoo (Green) fics, by date (measured in months). Not shown is that SoonHoon has the most with 282 fics, SoonWoo with 108, and SoonSeok with 99. *Disclaimer, fics with major character death, poor english, written in 1st or 2nd pov, etc…not included*
As you can see, SoonHoon is easily the most popular that is constantly written. Within the past year there has been a steady uptick in the amount of SoonWoo fics, to the point where in the past half year, it has consistently overtaken the amount of SoonSeok fics except for this past month, and even then SoonSeok only had one more than SoonWoo. The only reason why is due to the SoonSeok fic fest that occurred, otherwise the amount of SoonWoo fics would probably crush the amount of SoonSeok…
Above is chart that takes a closer look at the amount of fics over a weekly basis between SoonSeok and SoonWoo. Again, it is pretty obvious that SoonWoo has, for whatever reason, become a popular ship to write as demonstrated by the large amount as well as more consistent amount of fics that have shown up. In fact, this is how the chart would look like if the SoonSeok fest fics were taken away…and it’s just outright sad.
For further comparison, lets take a look at all major/major side ships.
As you can see in the chart above, SoonSeok ranks the lowest in amount of fics, and that’s against major AND secondary ships. (My definition of major is basically what was big originally and secondary are ships that came around after debut). It’s really sad and its honestly been eating away at me because 1. even if you don’t ship soonseok, there’s no way you can deny the chemistry they have with each other???? its like the same thing with verkwan. there’s clearly a special connection between them, no ifs ands or buts. 2. the fact that soonseok is considered seokmin’s biggest ship almost makes 1000x more sad just cause it basically means people don’t appreciate seokmin…at all. i’ve said this once ive this a thousand times. APPRECIATE THE SUN! I will never understand how people can just overlook him. he is beautiful, talented, funny, amazing, amongst many many other things and it hurts me so much to know that not only is he not appreciated content wise (there’s rarely ever gifs of him and if there is, many times they get ignored), there’s barely any fics for him too. like…why…what did the pure and precious sun ever do to hurt you…i mean look at him??? he is all that is pure and good??
anyways…the whole point of this post is for me to vent and rant about how soonseok and seokmin don’t get enough love BUT at the same time i definitely am not intending to push the ship into your face (which i’m probably doing a terrible job of it…) i guess it kind of just infuriates me that there are so many moments between soonyoung and seokmin that are so…idk how to even put it into words…just…LOVE that you’d think more people would write ab out them?? but no…they write about soonhoon (which quite honestly, does not have that many moments, especially in comparison to soonseok, and even when they do, its not like that same level of chemistry but thats just the bias in me speaking) or now soonwoo (which i get that they’ve been having some frenemy moments lately but i feel like thats how friends usually act with each other? like i tease my friends all the time so…yet again just a brotp although personally for me its become a notp because of all the negative feelings ive been having)
tbh its gotten to the point where i dont want to read any soonhoon or soonwoo (but i kinda have to because my fic rec blog and i cant be biased although i still am sometimes) this probably wouldnt be a problem if there were an equal or more amount of soonseok fics that came out with these but im just so…done. and this problem really only even lies within the international fandom cause i know for a fact that seoksoon is fucking huge in the kfandom and i honestly wish i was fluent in korean just so i could get more content.
i think i’ve reached the point where, even tho i swear i cant write for my life, i kinda wanna start writing just for soonseok. just so that my babies can get some appreciation. so i guess ill end this huge ass rant with a question to yall who even made it this far (bless). do you have any prompts you would like to see? i cant promise that the story will be any good (if i even write it) but i would love to get my “creative” juices flowing (here’s a hint, they’re nonexsistent rip). and again thanks for reading this far!