What is fandom? It is, truly, creative individuals feeding into each other. Let me explain what I mean:
Everyone is a fan of something, be it your favorite theologian, to football, to Star Trek, to Anime. People love stories, and anyone who's worked with kids knows that interactive stories are the best. But how can you interact with a story that's already been told? You use your imagination!
My brother and I were experts at this, whether we were working on stories together, acting as the characters ourselves, or playing with our toys, we built on the baseline story to reach new heights of adventure. The dream of influencing a story, making it bigger is the dream that originally drove my writing. My first stories were fan-fictions, but expanded from there. In fact, one of my main characters, Princess Iona was first imagined as the magical fairy of love, who made sure that my favorite couples got stay together and helped friendships stay strong. Iona, under another name, appeared as the princess of the fairies and fairy of Love in several stories before standing on her own two feet. The only thing that never changed was her royalty.
And how do creators feel about fan-art and fiction? They love it! All the creators I've read and seen interviews of love the fact that their creations inspire so many people. The only thing you can't do is claim that characters that aren't yours are yours. Other than that, go where your imagination leads, but for the love of all that is decent, use good taste, OK?
I have many friends in the Fan-Fic world who use the medium as a mode to get their writing out there for people to read and gain valuable experience and critique, so here's my "Best of" list.
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