By Charles Ellenburg
It’s hard to avoid all the the success Crazy Rich Asians has had at this point. As director Jon M. Chu put it: “It’s not a movie. It’s a movement.”
The movie has accumulated quite the list of achievements. The film’s release marks the first Hollywood production to feature an Asian leading cast since The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago. Crazy Rich Asians has also become the highest-grossing romantic comedy at the U.S. box office since 2009.
Perhaps the most surprising achievement for the film, however, came outside of the box office. The movie has been a hit among fanfiction communities, especially teens. According to statistics provided by Commaful, a teen fiction site with a large fanfiction community, fanfiction about Crazy Rich Asians attracted more readers on their site within the 2 weeks following the movie release than Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Avengers: Infinity War did within the same time frame.
The top two CRA fanfiction pieces have already accumulated over 10 thousand reads.