Do you think fanfiction is 'real' writing? Maybe there are certain types of fanfiction that you consider legitimate, but others that you don't? Personally, I think even 'smut' writing should be classified as real writing. Sure, there are authors out there who don't really try or edit, but the same is true of other fiction genres. I strongly disagree with my friends who say they are against fic writers, and I am in awe of the talented people who produce fanfiction that I enjoy the most. There are fics that I adore that are as long as a chapter book, and that take huge liberties with characters (some even going so far as to create an alternate universe). These people are insanely talented, and I wish more people respected that.