Yes, that enraptured plea makes me want to stop doing something I like, something that is not quite as illegal as this person seems to think. That's the best part about intellectual property, isn't it? Those big ol' gaping grey areas.
Okay, what if I rip out every other page so that it’s not exactly what Alice Sebold wrote, is that illegal? Yes.
Except that it sort of... isn't. I mean, it'd be "illegal" in the sense that, in this scenario, she'd be defacing a library book. Probably have to pay a fine. But there's nothing in copyright law that dictates how you are meant to use the item you purchase. I could have bought that book to put under an uneven chair leg. Is that illegal? Uh, no. And then I ripped out the pages because my great grandmother was dying and I needed something to mop up the blood... is that illegal? Damn straight! Arrest me right now!
God, it's just... the sheer holier-than-thou tone of it. Like we're all somehow grossly mistaken, and once we see the error of our ways... we'll just stop? Uh, no. I know it's wrong, I like it, I do it anyway, and I doubt that anyone will ever bother me about my piddly fan stories for movies hardly anyone gives a backward glance to.
Also, copyright law differs from country to country. One more reason why I want to go live on an island somewhere. (P.S. My icon is probably illegal too.)