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Primary and Secondary Furries 
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I've noticed in the fandom that there are generally two kinds of furries: primary an secondary furries. They are fans of primary and secondary furry works, respectively. I define these terms as follows:

Primary works are works created by "real" artists, with a target audience other than furries. This includes anything from Looney Toons to Ratchet and Clank to old fairy tales.
Secondary works are made for furries, by furries. This would be art on FurAffinity, most furry webcomics (with some exceptions, like VG Cats and, to a lesser extent, Housepets!), and role plays like the ones we have here.

I've noticed a surprising number of furries who are exclusively secondary, as well as a lot of furries who are exclusively primary and don't consider themselves furries. Personally I'm both. What do y'all think of this classification?


Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:18 am
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I find that the art I look at is secondary, but the other media is primary, like Disney & such.


Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:00 pm
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Then you would be both, of course!


Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:16 pm
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i thought it would be like the con-goers, suiters, and role-players vs those who only consume media


Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:08 pm
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I mean that's also a valid classification, but it's not like there's only one way to slice things.


Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:10 pm
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Im my own class, I do everything. B3 Except suiting, really really really want too!!!


Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:51 am
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There's an idea...if only we could organize some sort of lottery, where everyone who wants to participate pays a small amount into a pot, and when the price is reached (which might not take long) the person with the winning number gets to commission a participating suit-maker and the maker gets paid all at once. The chances of winning would be much higher than in most contests. Maybe that has been done before, I dunno.

Oh, to get back to the topic...I consider myself mostly "secondary" by Sleet's criteria because I don't watch much TV and there's very little mainstream art for me to see these days (not to mention mainstream funny animals are becoming quite rare--MLP, though visible, is also unique).


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I would consider myself both then, I guess. I mostly enjoy secondary works but when a good, and furry relevant movie or show comes out, I enjoy it as well =)


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I think I'm definitely both.

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I'm both, I enjoy mainstream furry work but I also very much like the inner-furry works. Well, not the deepest pits of furry-ness, but you know, like stuff around here.


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I'm mostly primary. On occasion, I see something made by furries I like and think "Oh, this is very good. Why isn't in known outside of furry?"


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I'm either, depending on which category Housepets! falls in. :P

But mostly secondary - friends' personal characters are a bit more meaningful to me than franchised characters.

(That could change, though, if Zootopia is as good as all of us are hoping it will be. XD )


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I have to probably be both. Sorta cause I'm more secondary but I'm kinda excited about Zootopia and stuff.

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Guess I'd say I'm both. There are a decent number of things I like in both categories, though I'd say I'm more so primary when it comes to media and secondary when it comes to art.


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Secondary, through and through, regarding what very little time I spend among the fandom anymore. I've been a furry for nearly eleven years now, largely developing (and then, for the most part, never using) countless characters during my time in the adult aspect of the fandom. It was just recently that I got back into the furry fandom, after attempting to regain some intimacy with Christ in my directionless, albeit happy life. What little furry media I do watch doesn't count, due to the very fact that I watch it so little, but it would be considered primary, if I had the free time to engage in it.

I settled on a whippet as my primary character, because the grace and beauty of the running dogs, and a hyena, modeled after an insult/fictional villain's name leveled at me just before I dropped out of college, as my two main characters- one good and one anti-hero, in the end. My other two characters are, as of yet, largely undeveloped.


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Interesting classification, although I don't see why it's better than any other way.
(seems like most people would be classified as "both")
I guess I tend to like more secondary, but I can't really say I dislike primary aspects either.


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Both. I'm definitely both.


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