Here's a Jewish rabbi making an interesting comparison between fan fiction, or "interpretive storytelling about pop culture or literary source texts," and midrash, which she defines as "interpretive storytelling about Torah."
Here are some of her comparisons:
"Fan stories, like midrash, fill in lacunae (gaps, or missing parts) in our source texts. . . Fan stories, like midrash, resolve contradictions in the text. . . Fan stories, like midrash, give voice to characters who aren't front and center in narratives as we've received them. . . Just as Jewish communities are constituted and maintained by ongoing engagement with source texts, so are fan communities."
I know I've done all of these when I've written fan fiction. Kind of cool!
Yeah, I can see the connection. :)
Interesting coincidence ...
... some fans are very devoteted to their fandom. Similar pattern of behavior and interest?
Huh, that was really cool! I totally see the connection.