I found this great article that talks about how fanfic inspires and helps kids read and write. The article talks about things like representation, language development, community, etc. It also talks about Star Wars quite a bit! I thought it might be fun to talk about it a little bit! Article Link: How FanFIc Inspires Kids to Read and Write and Write and Write One of the parts that really resonated with me (and there were several) where it talked about English Language Learners: While English is my native language, I have a few learning disabilities that always made it difficult. I used to be so embarrassed to let anyone look at anything I wrote in school because my spelling and grammar were terrible. And while they still aren't spectacular, my mom (who was a teacher before she retired) still talks to this day about how much of an improvement she saw when I started writing fanfic, that it was a marked difference. Having a supportive community (which the article also talks about) who encourages and helps without making things embarrassing really did a lot for me when I was younger, and still does today! Fanfic was kinda always this underground thing hiding in shadows so I'm really encouraged to see in the article that there are teachers who are embracing fanfic and using it as a tool to help kids learn.