I’m trying to decide which currently-popular franchise has the most devoted fanbase. Since an overall comparison of this would be impossible, let’s do a pairwise comparison. Which of these two has the most devoted fans? Discuss.
Case 1: Tolkien
Master of mythology and codifier of conlanging. Creator of Middle Earth and all of the associated Legendarium. Illustrations of a devoted fanbase: First, the movies, all of the work that went into making them, and all of the arguments about how they could have been better. Second, this research paper:
Case 2: Star Trek
Codifier of space opera television. Series. Movies. Reboots (which were lousy). Fan-made live-action TV shows. Lots and lots and lots of spin-off media. And plays and operas and music videos done in the languages invented for the show.