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I've been talking to some people in regards to fan stuff, such as fanfiction, fan games, people doing "voiced" versions of games, fancomics, fanart, genderbends and other stuff along those lines. Many people aren't fond of these things, whereas others are huge fans of them. As a creator, I would like to give my opinions on these things.
I, personally, like these things. I don't bash any of them. You think a certain couple is cute? Good for you! You want to make a game exploring your own view on things? Awesome! You want to draw your favourite character? Nice! You think that particular character would sound a certain way? Cool! You want to make a comic about how you perceive things? Dude, that's really cool! You want to draw this character as the opposite gender? Go for it!
We're all allowed to do as we please. If you don't like fanmade works, then don't participate. If you do? Have fun! I help admin a page on Facebook and one of the biggest rules on the page is, "If you don't like something, keep scrolling." In my opinion, this applies to fanmade works, as well.
On top of fan stuff being an amazing way for the fans to express their likings of things, it also helps the community spread and grow; it helps the thing become more well-known. Not only does it benefit the fans, it benefits the creator of the thing. Something I've noticed is creators discouraging fanmade works. While it doesn't make much sense, strategically, you should still respect their opinions. Some creators adore fanworks and others don't. That's their opinion. You don't have to like it, you just have to respect it.
If you're a fan of something, you express it however you want (unless stated by the creator that you ought not do that)! You have a right to express yourself, so you express yourself however you like. If you're a fan of Aftermath, I encourage you to make fanmade works. You write that fanfiction and draw that fanart! You express your being a fan however you want to!
As for those of you who oppose it and decide you want to bash the fanmade works, I have something for you, as well.
Make as much fan stuff as you want. If you don't like it, don't whine about it.
Edit to tl;dr: My apologies, I made it seem as though I was saying that people shouldn't whine about their fans making fanstuff. I was referring more to the people within fandoms who go out of their way to berate people because they made a fanthing. My apologies for the confusion.
tl;dr for the edited tl;dr
Just be nice to each other. To quote adults everywhere, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all."
Be excellent to each other and party on, dudes!