Fanfiction is hardly a new phenomenon, but that doesn't always mean it was safe to write. For a time, in certain fandoms, writing fanfiction could get you a letter from a lawyer. Now, the internet has given fandom enough leverage to allow the dubiously legal practice of writing about other people's characters continues to flourish.
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It should be clear from the very first line of "HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH," also known as "30 Hs," that it is not fanfiction in the traditional sense.
In 2001, when the first Lord of the Rings movie came out, no one anticipated how big a hit the cinematic adaptations of J. R. R. Tolkien's books would be. These movies exploded. Some people loved the lore. Some were into Peter Jackson's directing. And some simply thought that Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom were pretty damn cute. That last group of fans weren't going to get the fanservice they wanted from the films. They had to make it themselves, and they did.
If you don't read fanfiction, it's hard to really understand the purpose it serves. At its worst fanfiction is self indulgent, but at its best, fanfiction transforms the work it's based on, and gives small moments in the canon more depth. A great example of how a derivative work can add to a piece of media is the incredibly popular Harry Potter fanfiction, The Shoebox Project.
Ever wondered what Harry Potter would do if he wasn’t the Chosen One, and just worked in a coffee shop? Or if Iris West was the one struck by lightning instead of her fiancé? Or maybe Luke Skywalker decided to take after his mother and solve problems diplomatically, while his more emotional sister took up her father’s lightsaber? Then try the world of fan-fiction - an online community fanbase that is built on this idea of what-ifs.
Imagine a world in which the Sombra Overwatch ARG never ends -- a horror world where there are only unsolved mysteries and the bitter, masochistic masses who hunt them down, forever. Are you picturing it? Here's a twist: You don't need to! You're living it.