As someone who’s written fanfiction in the past I have to say the idea of the writers of the original works reading my fanfic makes me really uncomfortable. Overall a good general policy for all fandom/creator relationships imo!
Yep. That’s another reason I want to stay out of the equation — because I’ve written fanfiction myself, including fanfic for other people’s books, and I know how awkward I’d feel if the author decided to weigh in.
I mean, if the author loved my fic and said so, it would be awesome (once I got over the initial squirming embarrassment, that is), but how likely is that really? I think most authors, even those who are fanfic-friendly, have pretty definite ideas about what their characters would and wouldn’t do, and what kinds of things would or wouldn’t be likely to happen before or after or during their own canon. And no matter how well-written somebody else’s story about your characters might be, it’s still not your story and there are bound to be bits of it that make you wince a little. Really, I think it’s best for authors to spare themselves and their readers that kind of awkwardness!