Fanfic writers are the most dedicated and passionate group of writers I’ve ever met. AND the most hardworking. Do you know how many people I’ve encountered that are writing “totally original unique work” that have NEVER finished a single thing? After YEARS? A lot. Meanwhile myself, and countless others, have written novel or above novel length work whose stories have actual meaning, substance, and value, with plots that have taken dedication and research. Not to mention having to know the characters well enough to convince the reader that this au makes sense.
THIS IS ALL FOR NO GAIN. No money, no outside recognition. People who write NOVELS in their spare time. I’ve read fics that read like poetry that’s how good they are. Don’t get me wrong, I work on original stories as well. But I don’t have this bizarro idea in my head that it’s worth more than fanfiction.
And these “original” people that peddle the idea that fanfiction is just lazy easy fiction are HILARIOUS. As if my word count just shot out my ass because the characters already existed.
Keep writing your great american novel, we’d all love to read it. Eventually.