Oct. 16th, 2016

inferiorwit: (pony)
"Fanfiction is bad because it's made by lazy writers who don't work on developing their own characters or concepts!"

Okay, disregarding the fact that this is blatantly untrue on multiple levels:

A significant number of writers (perhaps the majority) support themselves by working on intellectual properties they don't own. TV writers, comic book writers, video game writers, writers who work on licensed novels, and an increasing number of screenwriters all earn a living by playing in somebody else's sandbox.

The job market and publishing industries being what they are, any writer who doesn't have a wealthy spouse or a trust fund needs to learn how to tell interesting stories within the rules of an established IP. Fanfiction isn't just "a hobby" or "practicing for real writing." It's the cultivation of an extremely useful job skill.

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