jamisings asked: Forgive me if this is too bold, but I was wondering your feelings as an author about the rise of people discovered who wrote fan fiction, who it can be easily proven they plagiarized huge sections of their fan fiction from other published works, and yet still get huge deals including movie deals.
I don’t know much about it, to be honest. What I like about fan fiction is that I think it gives confidence to people who might be great writers to take that step into writing. You can tell yourself you’re “just” writing fan fiction, and that’s a safe place to practice craft. Obviously, one would hope that nobody ends up plagiarizing from a published book, whether as a fan or otherwise.