This is the quote, pulled from the article: I'm not saying you're responding to anything specific in that comment, and I understand your assertion that he is against fan fiction. However, and this is speculation, couldn't he be against fan fiction for the reasons stated above ( or at least partially due to those reasons)? I think he makes a valid point. To exercise the creative muscles necessary to produce great fantasy, an author needs to create. This makes so much sense to me. If I'm borrowing characters, their relationships with others, settings, etc. how much creative work am I really doing? How much growth as a writer will I truly gain? In my view, one of the hardest parts of being a writer is sitting down to the blank page and hammering out a story that has never been written before with characters of my own creation, in events and settings of my making. I don't have any problem with fan-fiction if that's what someone wants to do. However, it seems a far easier road considering the writing will begin with an established framework. As such, I don't see how the fanfic author will progress as quickly as the one who creates everything from nothing.