No one put a gun to Conan Doyle's head, but his publishers offered him a lot of money, and so he brought Holmes back to life— if a fictional existence can be called life. I thought of this because writer Diana Gabaldon has posted a complaint about fan fic on her blog. Conan Doyle didn't have to contend with the Internet. People who like a book, a movie, a series, etc. often congregate, either in person or online; and sometimes those fans indulge in writing their own versions of the characters' stories. In the pre-Internet years between the cancellation of the first STAR TREK series and the first movie, fan fic played a role in keeping the franchise alive in people's minds.
I have mixed feelings about fan fic. On the one hand, clearly a writer should own his or her own work. On the other hand, the writer's livelihood comes from the fans' pockets. Calling fan fic “immoral” — as Gabaldon does— seems, a tad ungracious. On yet a third had, arguing for ceding any control to readers because they love a work is more venturing into quicksand than walking on a slippery slope; you could be sucked under in no time.
So, what do you think about fan fic? Does it have any right to be?