"Irked fans produce fanfic like irritated oysters produce pearls."
Jacqueline Lichtenberg in Fic by Anne Jamison (via treizquatorz)
I have this great image in my mind of fans collectively rolling rough, hard-edged canon under our tongues. 24/7 we work at it, frustrated as it grates against the most tender part of us. All the while we are smoothing it, giving it bits of ourselves to make it better, perfecting it until it’s something more significant and beautiful than the original story it began from could ever fathom.
That’s pretty much exactly how it goes.