To be clear...
I definitely spoke out loudest against using pregens for campaigns and I hold to that. I just don't see how anyone could allow themselves to be handed a character and told to play it to a 'T' for the rest of an extended game... dozens of sessions in a row.
That said, there is of course the 'if you have fun, do it' rule... but I just can't wrap my head around not making my own character for a campaign
That's funny, because among my friends, we probably played 50% pregens, and everyone had a stack of characters for whatever game they were running in case someone wanted to sit in for one game, or just jump in without rolling.
In cyberpunk there was a section for 'fast and dirty expendables', and sometimes we'd give a new guy one of those to play for session, and if the character lived, we'd let him flesh the character out.
A friend of mine, this year, was the first person to tell me she thought that was really weird.