|Figments of Cameron's imagination|
A week or two ago I stumbled upon this excellent piece at Cracked.com, titled 6 Insane Fan Theories That Actually Make Great Movies Better.
If you don't have time to go and read that before you press on here (spoilers!), the theories include speculation that James Bond is not a man but a code name, Zion is part of the Matrix, Ferris Bueller's Day Off was all in Cameron's head and Chewbacca and R2-D2 are (always) secret Rebel agents. (There's a follow-up article here, with another 5 theories!)
I've always had some doubts about fan-fic, because it seems awfully derivative and, well, creepy, but there's absolutely no doubt that these articles rock. I mean, these theories take the holes that some of the die-hard fans carp about and turn them into reasons to be enthusiastic all over again.
If you take the time to follow those links, there's depth to the theories that actually do make these stories make sense. I'm in awe of this kind of creativity. And, as is my habit, it made my brain jump off in a different direction.