What I love about fanfiction, on any site, is the feeling of discovering a truly fantastic story.
Even more so than finding a great book it is like discovering treasure, or at the very least being the one in your family who discovered the prize in the cereal box.
What really makes fanfiction unique is the interaction, watching a story progress and being able in communication with the author as things unfold. Finding a piece that really induces intense feeling and being able to tell an author directly what it meant to me and in return hearing what my comment meant to them creates the most rewarding interaction that one can't really find, certainly not as easily, in contemporary literature.
I've had this account spanning so many years it is slightly dizzying to think about, most of what I have favorite'd over the years has been Harry Potter as for the longest time that was all I read. Read into what what you will. I still love the genre but am no longer IN love with the genre, it's not you HP it's me.
Looking back at my favorites over the years is certainly a study in trends and my own developing tastes, perhaps I'll find the motivation to post some of my all time favorites from the different subsets I've read.
Nowadays will read anything if it's well written. In fanfiction to me that entails; a clever idea presented in an unique way, well crafted thought processes and motivations, 'human' interactions and dialogue, and nothing littered with spelling and grammar errors or insufficient spacing between sentences and paragraphs- experience tells me that something written with so many structural problems is likely not something the writer put as much thought or effort into as they could have before posting.
I've really learned not to judge a story by it's description blurb as a clever and skilled enough writer can take just about any paring or premise and make it into an engrossing read- the inverse additionally being true.
I'm on several other sites with the same username, mostly AO3 these days.
I'd be glad to hear from you personally, whatever you want to discuss.
Happy reading and writing!