As professional writers, what are your thoughts on fan fiction in general? What inspired this question of mine, is that fan fiction seems to have a very negative reputation as of now. To the point where the very phrase “fan fiction” is pretty much a go-to ad hominem to decry any works of fiction as horribly written. For example, I’ve read many complaints on countless reddit threads proclaiming that “the last season of Game of Thrones is fan fiction”. In your personal opinion, to what extent does fanfiction really warrant its notoriety?