If you had of asked me on a given day whether I'd one day end up passionately defending fanfiction, I would have given you a strange look. I don't read any of the stuff anymore, and my own endeavors in the field ceased long ago. And yet, I found myself reading Robin Hobb's rant (Swifty: The rant was taken down sometime after this entry was posted) with growing outrage, not just because I disagreed with Hobb's sentiments, but because I COULDN'T BELIEVE that a published author of some repute could hold opinions so closed-minded, reactionary, and ridiculous. The outrage, though, stemmed not so much from this as from the idea that Hobb's opinions, through her position as an eminent fantasy author, could actually discourage young writers from practicing fanfiction, and thus, exercising their creativity. Therefore, SOMETHING MUST BE DONE. THIS SHIT CANNOT STAND.
[On behalf of my little sister, I would like to thank Mossie ( the guy has lotsa good anime and film reviews :D ), DMJewelle ( she makes the anime cosplaying community seem more entertaining than it really is with her incisively-written entries! ), Plastic ( one of the very first SPEED fans I got to know over the Internet years ago ), Cousin Jun Qi ( you're my cousin, which means you're cool! ), Eeleen The Angel ( the beautiful layout of her site is, well, beautiful! ), Alynna ( one of the rare bloggers I speak regularly to on the MSN :D ), Dawnie-poo ( er, she's Dawn Yang, do I need to say more? ), Athena ( a long-time net friend I got to know during my fanfic-writing days ), Wingz ( for intense Malaysian humour, go to his site ), Jayelle ( a really nice girl with a soul beautiful like the majestic snowy mountains ), Jee (he has lots of things to ponder about), Craig ( heh, lots of stuff about underaged Jpop artistes ), Bryan (The Undead Dragon!) and Arashi-chan