My husband and I were discussing fanfiction the other day, and he (the literature/movie snob that he is) thinks that fanfiction is a cheat. He especially feels that it is a cheat if it varies from the parameters laid out by the original author/movie - less of a cheat if it takes up where the original story left off and goes on from there.
I am not so sure about this. These are fictional characters we’re talking about here; taking some characters and doing other things with them is totally fair ball, in my opinion, as long as you stay true to the spirit of the characters (if you leave the original characters too far behind, you might as well just write some fiction from scratch). I think it’s a fascinating idea, to have other writers take characters and fictional worlds and work out alternate stories for them.
What do all y’all think?