The 30 most popular posts of 2014

2015 has arrived, and there’s no better time to take one last look back at what we here at the Agony Booth accomplished in the previous year. In 2014, our staff members posted 423 articles and videos, and here are the 30 most popular.

(Methodology: In the interests of fairness, posts are ranked by how many unique pageviews they each received in the first 15 days of being posted. Since the two most recent articles on this list haven’t been up for 15 days yet, I guesstimated a bit based on how well they’re currently doing. I’ll update this post with more concrete numbers later in the week.)

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And so, without further ado…

The 30 most popular posts of 2014

#30: Firefly fans: It’s time to forgive FoxDr. Winston O’Boogie, May 5

#29: Blu-ray cover art is depressingly badDr. Winston O’Boogie, May 20

#28: Batman (1989)Dr. Winston O’Boogie, Jan. 22

#27: Please, no Star Trek Cinematic UniverseDr. Winston O’Boogie, Oct. 17

#26: Was it really TV’s first interracial kiss?Dr. Winston O’Boogie, Nov. 22

#25: Are superheroes fascist?Jonathan Campbell, Dec. 4

#24: Should Picard have died in “Best of Both Worlds”?Thomas Stockel, Aug. 5

#23: Avril Lavigne’s “Hello Kitty”: Racist, or just crap?Nycea, Apr. 25

#22: Top 4 reasons Captain America should be gayJoshua Bell, Apr. 15

#21: Pacific Rim (2013): We’re sure this isn’t a Michael Bay movie?Ivan K, Aug. 18

#20: Will Cinematic Universes be the end of superhero movies?Dr. Winston O’Boogie, Aug. 27

#19: Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, AKA Star Trek: Voyager with Captain HerculesRob Kirchgassner, Nov. 25

#18: What’s the problem with “Anaconda”?Nycea, Nov. 18

#17: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) is a campy embarrassmentJoshua Bell, May 6

#16: Shy Boys: IRL (2011), a haunting look at the Incel communityNycea, Oct. 20

#15: Sharknado 2, and the scourge of intentionally bad moviesDr. Winston O’Boogie, Jul. 15

#14: Marvel’s cinematic villain problemJonathan Campbell, Dec. 24

#13: The Bechdel Test: Why it’s a jokeNycea, Apr. 10

#12: DC Comics is run by childrenSolkir, Feb. 4

#11: Kurtzman & Orci to direct (and ruin) Venom, Star Trek 3Dr. Winston O’Boogie, May 12

And the top 10 most popular posts are…

#10: Girls and geekdom: fiction vs. realitySofie Liv, May 14
The 30 most popular posts of 2014
The 30 most popular posts of 2014
#8: Asperger’s is not an excuse to be an online trollFull of Questions, Oct. 24
The 30 most popular posts of 2014
#7: Why Batman should never use gunsJoshua Bell, Sep. 16
The 30 most popular posts of 2014
#6: 4 reasons Marvel should give up on Ant-ManDr. Winston O’Boogie, Jun. 6
The 30 most popular posts of 2014
#5: She-Hulk XXX: An Axel Braun Parody (2013)Dr. Winston O’Boogie, May 27
The 30 most popular posts of 2014
#4: The least anticipated movies of 2015Dr. Winston O’Boogie, Dec. 22
The 30 most popular posts of 2014
The 30 most popular posts of 2014
#2: This is not my Wonder WomanJoshua Bell, Jul. 28
The 30 most popular posts of 2014
The 30 most popular posts of 2014

(For those wondering, this is what happens when an article
appears on reddit/controversial for almost an entire day.
)

BONUS! The 10 most popular videos of 2014

Only one video made the top 30, so here’s a list of the most popular videos of 2014. (Note: All the videos we post certainly get watched plenty of times on YouTube, Blip, Vimeo, and Veoh, but the lists above and below only factor in pageviews here on the Agony Booth.)

#10: Avengers XXX: A Porn Parody (2012) Review #2Solkir, Apr. 5 (#67 overall)

#9: Stephen Biesty’s Incredible Cross-Sections: Stowaway! (1994)Roland Thompson, Apr. 6 (#64 overall)

#8: WTF happened to movie trailers?Cecil Trachenburg, Apr. 22 (#58 overall)

#7: Man of Steel (2013)Cecil Trachenburg, Jun. 3 (#55 overall)

#6: How the PG-13 rating is ruining moviesCecil Trachenburg, Sep. 4 (#46 overall)

#5: Hey, comic book fans: Why so racist?Solkir, Feb. 27 (#43 overall)

#4: What makes a bad villain? Part 2: Star Trek’s Gul DukatThomas Stockel, Mar. 23 (#34 overall)

#3: Perverted Stories #34 (2002) AKA “Pterodactyl Dinosaur Spermo Plasmoids”Michael A. Novelli, May 26 (#32 overall)

#2: Sex Trek: Charly XXX (2005)Michael A. Novelli, Apr. 2 (#31 overall)

#1: DC Comics is run by childrenSolkir, Feb. 4 (#12 overall)

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  • Jonathan Campbell

    (you spelt my name wrong you son of a…)

    I mean, er, YAY! My two posts are awesome!

    • You know, all the Johnathans/Jonathans/Johnathons/Jonathons of the world really need to come together and decide on an official spelling once and for all.

      (Sorry for the typo, fixed.)

      • Jonathan Campbell

        As far as I’m concerned, Jonathan IS the official spelling; the rest are mere pretenders.

        (s’alright; easy mistake- you’re not the first to make it).

  • Jonathan Campbell

    Alright, sorry, I’ve got to brag some more.

    My Villains one was only up on Christmas so the fact its 14- means I’m awesome (wonder if it would have made the Top 10 if it had been put up earlier?).

    And my first article made 25 when it only came out on Dec 4th. Thats got to be one of the most popular first articles of any writer on this site (dare I say, THE best?).

    I mean, I just want to thank everyone for…recognising my brilliance. Nay, my GENIUS. Without you all, MY talent, MY articles, would not be here today.

    You are all amazing- and more importantly, so am I.

    (okay, I’m done for now).

    • “wonder if it would have made the Top 10 if it had been put up earlier?” Well, like it says under “Methodology”, this is a ranking of pageviews received in the first 15 days after each article went up, so it wouldn’t matter if it was posted earlier. A straightforward “total pageviews” list wouldn’t be very interesting or informative, because all the articles posted early on in the year would be at the top of the list by default.

      “Thats got to be one of the most popular first articles of any writer on this site (dare I say, THE best?).” I think the Porn Critic has won that title for all time with his Avengers XXX review. It’s two and a half years later and it’s still getting hundreds of views every day. But yes, I’d say a writer getting a huge response with their first article is pretty rare around here.

      • Jonathan Campbell

        “wonder if it would have made the Top 10 if it had been put up earlier?” Well, like it says under “Methodology”, this is a ranking of pageviews received in the first 15 days after each article went up, so it wouldn’t matter if it was posted earlier. A straightforward “total pageviews” list wouldn’t be very interesting or informative, because all the articles posted early on in the year would be at the top of the list by default.”

        Missed that, but I’m happy to remain gleefully deluded.

        “Thats got to be one of the most popular first articles of any writer on this site (dare I say, THE best?).” I think the Porn Critic has won that title for all time with his Avengers XXX review. It’s two and a half years later and it’s still getting hundreds of views every day. But yes, I’d say a writer getting a huge response with their first article is pretty rare around here.”

        Videos aren’t articles (damn English).

        I’m the best. I did it. Me.

        God, I’m brilliant.

    • Well, if we’re bragging, I’d just like to point out that I have more articles on this list (11) than anyone else. But admittedly, there are at least five obvious reasons I made this is a top 30 list and not a top 25 list. 🙂

  • Sardu

    So, does this mean that text articles are still more popular than videos?? 😀 😀

  • danbreunig

    Reading this list is getting me both nostalgic and sentimental, so lemme just give a semi-direct response:

    Considering that my own 2014 was much more distress than success, Agony Booth and its members and fellow fans were the online creative-arts community that kept me coming back–half the time this is the site I would start with when getting the internet or when I leave it for the day (or night, depending on my shifts). The content pouring out this last year was collectively so entertaining, enlightening, informative, encouraging, and humorous to me that it gave me an occasional break from life for a while and drove me to keep up my own creative efforts and constant-flowing ideas. Thank you all, Winston/Albert and Company, for giving one more fun year online to take home with me. Also, I want to extend my thanks to you all collectively for occasionally discussing the numerous nerd and social problems we were all facing online this year, and constructively addressing the problems without succumbing to them.

    And Jonathan, I just want to extend my congratulations to you in your first article(s) and making quite a mark right out of the gate. Also, a great job and welcome to all the other new article writers and their initial efforts this past year, also to the video producers making their own written article debuts.

    I’m still adjusting a little to the change from the original long recaps to the newer and more matter-of-fact shorter postings, but taken as a whole and seeing this site grow and advance over the years–and keeping up with such effort and camaraderie the whole time–it just makes me all the more grateful.

    A lovely 2015 to you all.

    Okay, I’m done with the sentimentality now. Allow me to lighten the tone:

    Two fellows walked into a bar. The third one ducked.