I truly understand not wanting to/being able to read fanfic about your own original stories; sometimes you just need to keep your own vision clear, and that’s that. But I honestly don’t get authors who object to fan fiction even existing. One author, whom I won’t name here, said fanfic writers were “stealing a readership another author built,” which makes total sense, because obviously once you have read fanfic for a book you don’t like the book any longer and have been stolen away, right? Hmmph.
IMHO, authors who hate the idea of fanfic of their work don’t want readers. They want buyers. They want passive consumers, not people with their own reactions/emotions/curiosity about the characters and story.
Me, I say go for it. ‘Ship the “wrong” people. Root for the villain. Write AUs where they’re all professional jockeys. If you love my characters enough to wonder what else could happen in their lives, I’m honored. that’s just about the biggest compliment imaginable.
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.