Some time ago my friend Julie tweeted a link to this article on fan fiction.
Definition for those who are uninitiated -
Fan fiction, or fanfiction (often abbreviated as fan fic, fanfic, or simply fic), is a broadly defined fan labor term for stories about characters or settings written by fans of the original work, rather than by the original creator. Works of fan fiction are rarely commissioned or authorized by the original work's owner, creator, or publisher; also, they are almost never professionally published. Due to these works' not being published, stories often contain a disclaimer stating that the creator of the work owns none of the original characters. Fan fiction is defined by being both related to its subject's canonical fictional universe and simultaneously existing outside the canon of that universe. Most fan fiction writers assume that their work is read primarily by other fans, and therefore tend to presume that their readers have knowledge of the canon universe (created by a professional writer) in which their works are based. - Wikipedia
I'm going to admit it. I like fan fiction. Good fan fiction, mind you. Something written well, with actual knowledge of the subject matter.
Sometimes when I'm bored, I enjoy getting lost in a few stories. There is something satisfying in seeing another person's take on lives of characters that you've fallen in love with - especially if they really have a good grasp of the source material.
Ever want to give it a go? Either writing or just dabbling to read now and then?
Here ya go:
My latest fan fic addiction - stuff written about Sherlock -
the BBC television series (airing in the US on PBS)
starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
My current go to Sherlock fan fiction writer: https://www.fanfiction.net/u/4775129/englishtutor