Lest we think that young and no-so-young people don’t read (or write), consider the sheer volume of [fanfiction] that’s been published. There are tens of thousands of authors, using their grasp of language to weave stories featuring their favourite characters in new situations. For some of those authors, fanfic will be a precursor to writing as a pastime throughout their lives. For a few, it’ll become a career. But in every case, it’s a celebration of the written word: tested out in a safe environment, often under pseudonyms, and in front of a responsive and constructive community of hundreds of thousands of readers. That’s a profound thing.

–Matt Gemmell discovers fanfiction.

(It’s always so adorable when someone outside of fandom “discovers” fanfic…)