Point taken. Have I mentioned how smart and awesome you are lately? Because I feel like if I don't do it at least twice a day I'm spending my day wrong.It matters to the fan fiction writer. And for them, that's what counts. I'm sure most fan fic writers are aware that their stories won't change the actual canon, but they enjoy making their own interpretations and headcanons anyway. I've read some enjoyable fan fiction here and there, so I'm cool with seeing other people's interpretations of established works, even if many fan fics are lousy (mostly because many fan fiction writers are novices).
Same goes for people who like to draw fan art. They draw it for their own satisfaction first, regardless if their fan art is consistent with the source material or their own style on it. I mean, most artists make art for themselves first. Yeah, I have my own characters that I like to draw, but I'm no stranger to drawing other people's characters or adding my own spin on said characters. Heck, some artists get jobs because of their fan art (in spite of what some instructors try to tell you).
Believe me, I have taken notice that whenever I have voiced a "wrong" opinion on this website, you are almost always the person to set me straight. That has not gone unnoticed by me and is appreciated. You keep me honest like no-one else.