I have to admit, Inger, that having been around this board for a number of years and listened in to what you all know, I sometimes feel like there must not be much left to discover about these gentlemen--and even if there is, you would probably get there before me.
I'm tremendously happy to be here and have the opportunity to learn and even maybe participate in the process, though.
I know the two sisters you're referring to, and as a matter of fact was actually reading some of their stuff last night. I guess even if the way they portray the relationship between Moody and Lowe isn't how it really would have been, it's still written with respect and affection, which I like.
You ought to see some of the stuff in the Titanic section at FanFiction.Net. I'm a big fanfiction reader/writer, and being both that and a Titanic researcher, some of the stories posted there just... I dunno. They don't quite make me sick and disgusted, but I'm not merely bemused, either. One that a friend recently called to my attention involved a Mary Sue (that is, a self-insertion of the author into a character) having a shipboard affair with Thomas Andrews. Gack. My take on it is this--yes, it's fanfiction, but when dealing with actual historical people, you have a duty to do right by them. Many moons ago when I was first getting into serious writing, I penned parts of a tale that matched up Jack Phillips and an original character (I am now very embarrassed of it). It's been in rewrite hell for several years now. I didn't know at the time that he had a fiance, but now that I do, I'm going to revise the story to fit the fact accordingly. If I kept the plot as is, I would feel guilty. So I just don't understand how some of the writers know how it really was with these people, and then twist facts to their own ends anyway.
Sorry, I'm rambling. A fanfiction writer's responsibilities is something I occasionally get a soapbox on.