But one unique quirk sets Smith’s work apart from most fanfic. She is the original author of the series, now banished from officially contributing. So she is finishing the series by means of a new enterprise: Amazon’s Kindle Worlds, the world’s first corporate venue for fan fiction.
Smith’s authorship lends her new work an unusual and hard to comprehend status: It’s the first work of unofficial-official canon.
Gray areas like this could elevate the respectability of fanfiction itself, a medium that, depending on whom you ask, desperately wants to be elevated to respectability—or doesn’t want or need your goddamned approval to be considered legitimate.