Fanfiction is playing paper dolls with someone else's writing. It's as much art as you make of it.
It's also my real writing. I sometimes start writing and populate the book with people who look and/or act like people I know, if only superficially. They're paper dolls, because they're not that person, and I'm not intending them to stay like that, but that's where they come from. They're cardboard until they find their third dimension. They're paper dolls.
Mike is still finding his third dimension, so he's still a paper doll of Darkside. Colleen ... at group, she came off less Sue than I intended her, which was very good.