In the previous article in this series on fanfiction, I discussed the relationship between Storytelling and Fanfiction, and noted that the two are intricately entwined. As opposed to being the 'red-headed step-child' of creative endeavors, fanfiction is, in fact, a natural outcropping from the innate human desire to tell stories. In addition, fanfiction in one form or another has existed for centuries, and can even be seen among published works labeled 'derivative' works.
In this article, it is my intention to explore the various reasons people create fanfiction. What is it that would inspire someone to take the characters and setting created by someone else and weave a unique tale for them? Read further to discover the top ten reasons people write fanfiction!
What other reasons for writing fanfic would you add to the list?