I love these guys.
I can’t even understand how an author wouldn’t understand the urge to write fanfic, create fanart. How do you even want to be an author without seeing characters and stories you like and wanting to create your own? Fanfiction is just a matter of degree.
Have you never imagined yourself into a favorite world? Have you never imagined yourself meeting a favorite character? If you have, you’ve committed fanfiction in your head. Didn’t you used to play pretend? What is the difference between thinking it and telling it to a friend? Between telling it to a friend and writing it down?
If you’re an author and you are against fanfiction, you are lying to yourself about why you even started writing fiction in the first place. None of us did this alone, all of us stand on the shoulders of giants. And sometimes we write fic about those giants.
And I think, actually, that fanfiction/fanart/fancreations of whatever medium is sort of the biggest form of flattery possible for a creator. It tells the creator that what they’ve made resounds so hugely for some people, makes such a huge impact on them in some way, connects with them in some way, that they feel they have to expand it, to try new things with it, to continue the tale and the lives and the existence of whatever it is.
(Source: rachelgamage, via remuslives23)