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[personal profile] inferiorwit
"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.

Date: 2016-10-16 09:31 pm (UTC)
frith: Light pink cartoon pony with dark pink mane (FIM Pinkie sly)
From: [personal profile] frith
Non-fiction must be especially tedious since not only are the characters and setting not original, the writer is constrained to parrot historically verifiable events! Remind me to never read non-fiction.

Date: 2016-10-17 03:34 pm (UTC)
frith: Violet unicorn cartoon pony grinning like Cheshire Cat (FIM Twilight crazy)
From: [personal profile] frith
That's insane. I was being facetious with the assumption that no one would ever categorize non-fiction in such a way.

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