Fan fiction is the lifeblood of fandom

Fan fiction's strength isn't based on its literary merits, but on the fans that it brings together

When I was a teenager, Star Wars was everything. I watched the films constantly, I read every book I got my hands on, spent an ungodly number of hours on message boards, and wrote for a bunch of fan sites over the years. And when I ran out of stories to re-read …

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