- This article is about the fandom. For the character, see Alex Rider (character).
|Name:||Alex Rider (Series)|
|Date(s):||2000 – present|
|Medium:||Books, Movie, TV Series|
|Country of Origin:||United Kingdom|
|External Links:||Alex Rider Books|
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Alex Rider is a series of YA spy novels by British author Anthony Horowitz about a 14–15-year-old spy named Alex Rider. The series is comprised of twelve novels, five graphic novels, several short stories and four supplementary books.
The series originally ended in 2011 with Scorpia Rising, the intended series finale. However, in 2016, an announcement was released on Anthony Horowitz's website that he was continuing the series.
The first novel, Stormbreaker, was released in the United Kingdom in 2000 and was adapted into a motion picture in 2006 starring Alex Pettyfer. As of 2020, the book series has a web television series adaptation which premiered on Amazon Prime Video in the United Kingdom on June 4. The first season is based off of the second novel, Point Blanc, and filming for Season 2 is currently underway.
|Main Series||Graphic Novels||Movies||TV Series|
|Point Blanc (2) (Point Blank in the US)||Point Blanc||Alex Rider, Season 1|
|Skeleton Key (3)||Skeleton Key|
|Eagle Strike(4)||Eagle Strike||Alex Rider, Season 2|
|Ark Angel (6)|
|Crocodile Tears (8)|
|Scorpia Rising (9)|
|Russian Roulette (10)|
|Never Say Die (11)|
|Supplementary Books||Other Works|
|Alex Rider: The Gadgets||Secret Weapon: Short Story Collection|
|Alex Rider: The Mission Files||Undercover: Four Secret Files|
|Stormbreaker: Behind the Scenes|
|Stormbreaker: The Official Script|
The Alex Rider series has a fairly small fandom, dubbed the "Sock Drawer" and its fans the "socks". Due to the TV adaptation, the fandom has grown considerably. It is also quite old, with many old communities and members owning accounts on LiveJournal. There is also a fandom server, Cub's Army, that was made in 2018 by Hollow Rosewood.
- Yassen Gregorovich Lives - Many in the fandom prefer to ignore the end of Eagle Strike, as evidenced by this being one of the top 10 additional tags on AO3
- Alex joins Scorpia - The most popular fic for this trope is pongnosis' The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. There are several fanfics set in this universe and also many fanfics with their own take on this trope.
- Alex returns to Brecon Beacons - This is an older trope that has fallen out of favour. It would often involve Alex's class joining him at the training camp with Alex having to hide his identity (amitai's Hell is Other People is a popular example of this).
Pairings & Shippings
The fandom is unusually focused on Gen, with 49.4% of fanworks being Gen compared to the AO3's average of 17.1%. The shipping fanworks are dominated by one pairing, Yalex, which has more than nine times the number of fanworks than the second most popular pairing, Tomlex. This is perhaps due to the solo nature of the books and the lack of recurring characters who have interesting interactions with Alex.
Yalex – Yassen Gregorovich/Alex Rider: Yassen has only appeared in three books in the series but he has made a big impact on the fans, evidenced by the movie and TV show putting his character into a much larger focus. He has an unusual relationship with Alex--he is an assassin antagonist but he refuses to kill Alex, and he has a link to Alex's father. Their characters also mirror each other, both being forced into an adult world after their childhood was destroyed at age 14, but on opposite sides. Although the pairing can be very dark many creators choose to age Alex up and reimagine their relationship in a happier context.
Tomlex – Tom Harris/Alex Rider: As Alex's closest school friend, Tom did not show up in the book series until book five 'Scorpia'. The TV show, however, has centred their friendship as a much bigger part of Alex's normal life. This has proven to be a welcome development for AR fans, as approximately half of Tomlex fanfic on AO3 was written after the show aired.
Other pairings include: Yassen Gregorovich/John Rider | Alex Rider/Wolf | Yassen Gregorovich/Ian Rider | Fox/Alex Rider | Sabina Pleasure/Alex Rider | Alexmis – Artemis Fowl II/Alex Rider | Ian Rider/Jack Starbright | Wolf/Jack Starbright| Fox/Jack Starbright| Eagle/Jack Starbright | Yassen Gregorovich/Jack Starbright | Derek Smithers/Wolf | Alex Rider/James Sprintz | Ian Rider/John Crawley | Julius Grief/Alex Rider | Snake/Eagle | Fox/Snake | Eagle/Fox | Fem!Alex/Eagle
- SpyFest – the first AR fic-exchange. It is no longer running.
- SpyFest Revival – an AR fest. This event takes place every July.
- Flufftember – This took place in September, 2020, in an attempt to produce more fluffy content for the fandom. Due to the small turnout, it seems this event was not very successful.
- Angstober – This took place next month, with a much larger turnout. AR fans seem to greatly enjoy angst.
- Alex Rider Febuwhump - A whump prompt fest for every day in February 2021
- Alex Rider Ship Week - This took place on the 22-28 March 2021 and featured a choice of two prompts--one naughty and one nice--for each day.
- Shipping Recs by AR Shipweek
- Alex Rider Fanfic Recs
- Alex Rider Fic Recs for Newbies Part 1, Part 2 by A Few Bulbs Short of a Tanning Bed
- Unusual Fics by pongnosis
- Crossover Fics by pongnosis
- Anywhere But Here (Alex Rider story) by Scorpia710
- Yassen Gregorovich Books vs TV by irelise, 4 July 2020. (Accessed 9 April 2021)
- First Touch: Incidences of Intimacy Between Yassen Gregorovich and Alex Rider by H.J. Bender, 22 November 2010. (Accessed 6 June 2021)
- Shipping in AR Fandom. A Not Entirely Scientific Look at the AR Fandom by rirren and pongnosis, 21 February 2021. (Accessed 07 April 2021)
- Popular Ships, 01 March 2021. (Accessed 07 April 2021)
- Fic kudos/hit ratios for different genres and characters by Valak, 04 April, 2021. (Accessed 16 April 2021)
- Royal and General Bank
- Alex Rider is a Sock Drawer
- AR on LiveJournal
- Alex Rider Kinkmeme
- Flash Rider - Livejournal community for AR flash fic
- New Alex Rider novel coming in 2017!, 19 October 2016. (Accessed 07 April 2021)
- The Alex Rider Fandom is a Sock Drawer, 18 April 2015. (Accessed 07 April 2021)
- Hollow Rosewood. HEY SOCK DRAWER!, 31 August 2018. (Accessed 07 April 2021)
- Alex Rider Ship Week. Shipping in AR Fandom. A Not Entirely Scientific Look at the AR Fandom by rirren and pongnosis, 21 February 2021. (Accessed 07 April 2021)
- Alex Rider Ship Week Popular Ships, 01 March 2021. (Accessed 07 April 2021)