This poll is for anyone who has ever written fan fiction and in some way shared it - internet, zine, carrier pigeon, coded broadcast to Alpha Centauri, whatever.
So. If someone connected with the canon found and read your fan fiction, how would you react? For the purposes of this poll, I would like you all to imagine that we live in a world where there are no possible legal consequences. In other words, your weird new readers can hate you, but they can't take you to court or send a C&D.
Please check this so I know how many people have taken this poll:
You write fan fiction for a book, and you learn that the canon author may be reading your stories. Please rank your reaction. 1 = Dismay so severe you will need to find not only a new hobby but also powerful psychoactive drugs. 10 = Joy so intense that you might as well already be on psychoactive drugs. (Remember: NO LEGAL CONSEQUENCES.)
Same question, except this time it's FF for a TV show or movie. 1 = "Now I must leave the country with bag over my head." 10 = "Yes! At last they will see how it should be done!"
Again with the TV show or movie, but this time it's the actors who might be reading it. 1 = "Oh my god someone please take the internets away from the pretty people before I die." 10 = "Oh my god YES. And they will send me letters of comment, and they will love me, and it will end in friendship and/or marriage, and also I will get a pony."
You write RPF. The real people in question may be reading your stuff. 1 = "I knew I was going to the special hell, but I didn't realize I'd end up in it while I was still alive." 10 = "This must be what heaven feels like!"
You'd feel worse about it if the canon-connected folks were reading your:
You'd feel better about it if the canon folk were reading your:
Is there anything about the canon folks themselves that might influence your reaction?