• Jessica Porter

5 Quotes About the Power of Fanfiction from Published Authors

Fanfiction gets a bad rap from the literature community, but we've gathered our favorite quotes from celebrated authors who appreciate a good fanfic.


"Fanfiction is the madwoman in mainstream culture’s attic, but the attic won’t contain it forever. Writing and reading fanfiction isn’t just something you do; it’s a way of thinking critically about the media you consume, of being aware of all the implicit assumptions that a canonical work carries with it, and of considering the possibility that those assumptions might not be the only way things have to be.” - Anne Jamison (Author of Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World)

Anne Jamison


"Fanfiction is the madwoman in mainstream culture’s attic, but the attic won’t contain it forever. Writing and reading fanfiction isn’t just something you do; it’s a way of thinking critically about the media you consume, of being aware of all the implicit assumptions that a canonical work carries with it, and of considering the possibility that those assumptions might not be the only way things have to be.”

— Anne Jamison, Author of Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World




Neil Gaiman


"I think that all writing is useful for honing writing skills. I think you get better as a writer by writing, and whether that means that you’re writing a singularly deep and moving novel about the pain or pleasure of modern existence or you’re writing Smeagol-Gollum slash you’re still putting one damn word after another and learning as a writer.”

— Neil Gaimain, Author of American Gods




Mary Robinette Kowal


"The difference between fanfic and a "real" novel is that fanfic is honest about its inspiration.”

— Mary Robinette Kowal, Author of The Calculating Stars



Rainbow Rowell


"The whole point of fanfiction is that you get to play inside somebody else's universe. Rewrite the rules. Or bend them. The story doesn't have to end. You can stay in this world, this world you love, as long as you want, as long as you keep thinking of new stories.”

— Rainbow Rowell, Author of Wayward Son




TJ Klune


"Fanfiction is important because it gives many newbie authors a chance to stretch their wings, usually in a safe space. And this is especially true for younger, queer writers who’re trying to see themselves in a piece of fiction/media, but can’t do so with what’s considered canon. We’re here, we’re queer, but we’re constantly surrounded by depictions of cishet people where queer characters are relegated to side characters, some of which are still problematic to this day.”

— TJ Klune, Author of The Extraordinaries



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