I’ve spent a lot of time this week with your Dollhouse contest entries. And while we’re a ways off from announcing winners, there are a few things I can share now about the essays we’ve received.
(A caveat: The figures below are in no way scientific. They’re the result of my very fallible note-taking, and they should be used for entertainment purposes only!)
We received almost 100 essays, in total. Just about every entry received had something great going for it: an inspiring, creative idea or great writing. And we’re going to have a hard time narrowing them down. I don’t envy Ms. Espenson her work!
A very shoddy gender breakdown, derived solely from name-based assumptions:
- At least 54% of the entries probably came from women.
- At least 35% probably came from men.
- The other 10% or so? Came from people with names that could have gone either way.
A few other stats:
- Almost 1/5 of the essays we received were about Topher (!).
- Only 7% talked about feminism.
- 25% referenced Buffy, Angel, Firefly, or one of Joss’ other creations in a significant way. (I’d estimate three times that number included at least a brief reference to another Joss show.)
- 12% discussed, in some detail, the show as a show: its genesis, its handling by FOX, its cancellation and how that affected the storytelling.
And though I didn’t keep notes on this (I’m not sure how I could have, really), we got many more than a few international entries.
A few other things of note:
- As a reminder, we’ll be announcing the winners April 1.
- Once we announce the winners, we’ll also post a blog where those of you who didn’t win can comment and link to your essays, so you can share your essay easily with other Dollhouse fans!
- If you want to make sure you’re alerted when the winners are announced (and when the book becomes available, down the road), I highly recommend signing up for our Dollhouse email list, either below or on our Dollhouse contest page, which will remain up at least through Monday.
Thanks again to everyone who entered!