A couple of notes on fanfic:
- Kathleen on Why fanfic? And why Final Fantasy fanfic in particular?
- First chapter of The Democratic Genre: fan fiction in a literary context, by Sheenagh Pugh
- Review of Pugh book.
And finally, a quote from the very end of a Mercury News article on reader response to Half-Blood Prince (article may contain spoilers; I didn't read most of the article):
[13-year-old Madelyne Heyman of St. Paul, a longtime Harry Potter fan,] even thought of writing her own fantasy novel, but, again, Potter gets in the way.
"I'm just trying to think of a really good plot that isn't like Harry Potter," she said.