(Taken from a post of mine on another forum, I'm posting it here until the restriction issues in the "Art" forum are resolved) I have written fan fiction before and I don't see what the fuss is all about. I write my own work as well and fan fiction was simply another way of writing to me. People who insult those who write fan fiction need to let up. I wrote a pretty damn good Doom fanfic awhile ago that got good responses, does that make me incapable of writing? I hope not. The only fan fiction I can't stand is the "uber-fanboy/fangirl" brand of it. I'm talking about people that write completely unrealistic and moronic versions of stories so far from the original story that it's gag-inducing. For example: Quote: As Cloud and Sephiroth stood over Las Vegas, ready for their last fight, Cloud looked deep into Sephiroth's eyes. He knew then that there was no reason to deny his sexual lust anymore. That sword, the hair . . . I'm sure you get my drift. Other than that, I don't see any reason to bash it. I mean, most stories are the same ones retold in different formulas. Isn't that what fan fiction is? Retelling of an old story? In algebra, we solve for the value of x. In writing, our 'x' is that feeling we want to give the reader, whatever it may be. It's up to us how we get there, but we strive for the same result. I think people look down on it because the entire idea of the story does not belong to the author. While that is wrong on certain levels, I don't see a problem in me taking from Doom the general story of Hell's demon army invading and adding some of my own personal touch. As long as the writer made a real effort to create a well-crafted story, who are we to say they can't use ideas from others when we do it ourselves? Why all the hate? Love writing!