BBC NEWS | Technology | Fans' desires swamp the web Do you have a favourite author or series of stories? Are you unable to wait for the next instalment of a particular television programme? If you are a devoted fan of any of these then you may have come across the phenomenon of fan fiction. This is when fans write their own stories using their favourite characters. Until recently fan fiction was limited to small groups of individuals but it is now becoming a global phenomenon thanks to the internet.