I would even say that the idea of ‘originality’ as such is grossly overplayed, since the 7 Archetype plots go back to the Greek Myths and beginning of recorded storytelling–at least. Even the Bard Himself was a gleeful thief of history and myth. Good writers steal shamelessly and twist the results into their own twisted imaginings.
To wit: I quote Jim Butcher: “Tropes are not evil. Cliches are evil. The difference between a trope and a cliche is that the second is done badly.”
(sorry for the late post)
Yes, you read that right. Authors are stealing ideas from works of the past and changing them, making them their own by putting their own twist on it. Oh, woe!
Since this has been happening for as long as people have been writing (and being published), I really don’t see the avenue people are trying to take when they cry foul after another author writes a story which may be similar to something someone else had already written. I, for one, did not flip out after I saw that John Scalzi took a concept I alluded to in Corruptor and ran with it in his latest work, Locked In. I don’t own the idea of a virtual reality being used in books (and I’d be stupid to try and claim it, since Neil Stephenson did something similar awhile back in this little book you may…
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