Boiled down to its base elements, fanfiction is the ultimate audience participation experience. All of us have imagined ourselves in our favorite fandoms, or imagined our favorite universes with a few narrative tweaks. Fanfiction writers take those daydreams a step further, realizing those universes and sharing them with fellow devotees. They’ve changed the literary and culturally landscape, making terms like shipping a part of the zeitgeist. And while fanfiction has grown in popularity and accessibility, it still doesn’t get a lot of recognition outside of its particular niche fandoms.