when you think about it fanfiction is actually amazing
there are thousands of brilliantly written novel-length stories kids wrote from their own brains about characters and shows/books/movies they love all twined into the internet and other kids read these 50k+ stories in their own time and invest themselves in it
nobody’s being paid to write it and nobody’s being told to read it, people do it because they legitimately enjoy it
I’ll be honest - I don’t read fanfiction, but when you’ve been using the internet for 15 or so years, you come across it a lot. It is never brilliantly written. It is the worst. And ironically, the same people who write terrible fanfiction love to make fun of Stephenie Meyer and E.L. James.