I admit I stole the idea from something I saw on Twitter. I thought it was interesting, and could be uplifting for those of us for whom things like publication, sales and awards are a bit of a pipe dream. For myself, I really want my characters to stick in at least one person's head long after they've finished the last chapter. I want them to feel that kind of love for the work which, if they're inclined that way, makes them want to read or write fan fiction of it. I don't care how weird or warped or unfaithful to my original material it is, what's important to me is that the characters stuck in the reader's head so effectively that they are still 'working' even once the book is closed. This is one of those things that, unless I somehow blunder into the next best selling YA series (unlikely, since I don't write YA), I'll probably never know whether this has happened. In my own experience, one book that I still think about 20 years after I read it was the objectively-not-very-good memoir of some random woman growing up in 1960's rural Wales. I can't remember how I got this book, the author's name, or even the title. But I remember how she described her grandmother and other random bits, and even now they pop into my head occasionally. I like to think about this, and remember that even if I never achieve financial success or wide recognition as a writer, if I can just get my stuff out there somehow, it is possible that one solitary person somewhere on the planet will find it and love it and remember it.