Thursday, November 8, 2012

Follow Friday--Non-Original Stories

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Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?

*My answer is the same on both my blogs this week.*
This is kind of a loaded question because the answer is always going to be a continuum. Of course I don't like anything that's completely recycled. It's always obvious when that's what's going on. On the other hand, I actually really like fairy-tale retellings, as long as they put their own twist on things. And, if we're being honest, all stories in a given genre have similar concepts and backgrounds. I'm not big on fan fiction, but then I've never read much of it. If it was well-done and had come from a source I was really in love with, I wouldn't be completely opposed to it. But I'm definitely NOT a Fifty Shades sort of person. :D

How about YOU? Do you mind non-original stories?

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  1. I'm sure 50 Shades and Twilight will come up a lot in answers this week, but it just reminds me that we wouldn't have the vampire books we have today if it weren't for rehashing Dracula. :)

    Bob @ Beauty in Ruins

  2. I am not a fan-fic fan at all. I don't read any of that stuff. But I don't mind a new spin on other stories if the author twists it around a little. Some stories are so universal that it’s almost a given that they will be retold, like The Iliad and the Odyssey. The story is an archetype of the hero’s journey.

    New follow via E-mail

    Julie~ New Adult Addiction

  3. I agree with Bob. Those two are bound to be mentioned alot this week. I generally don't mind some overlap so long as there are also recognizable differences.

    Old Follower :)

    My response @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog~ Yes, I completely agree with you.

    Old follower~
    Cindy @

  5. Definitely going to see a lot of 50 shades references. I'm glad to read that we share a common distaste about it! lol. Thank you for stopping by my FF, and the best of luck with your novels!

    Your dystopian sounds very intriguing, I am definitely going to check it out.

    Following back via GFC =)
    Reeka @BoundbyWords

  6. Yay for someone who's not a 50 Shades gal! ;)
    I don't really read much fanfiction myself because I rarely read any really good ones.

  7. I'm of the same mind- retellings are fine with me as long as something fresh is added to them.

    Old follower. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following! I followed via GFC. Glad to meet you. Oh, and I so could not get into 50 Shades...seemed tasteless and just, well, wrong. I really don't do the whole fanfic thing.

  9. Your answer totally reminds me of mine :) Thanks for stopping by my FF!

  10. Completely agreed! Love fairy tale retellings as well. Oo, 50 Shades. Couldn't stand it as well. Thanks for stopping by my FF post. Old follower. :)

    My FF post @ Her Fiction Fix

  11. Thanks for stopping by by blog this week! 50 Shades.. bleh.
    Old follower.

    ~Readers In Wonderland

  12. Hopping through. Most fanfiction is simply terrible. But every once in awhile, you read something incredible. Even better than the original work.
    My Hop

  13. Fairytale retellings are really great sometimes. I agree.

    Old Follower.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  14. Awesome answer! Am not really a fan of fairytale retellings though!

    Thanks for dropping by my my FF am an old follower!

  15. Thanks for dropping by My FF :)
    New follower via GFC :)
    Samantha @ the secret life of a bookworm

  16. As you already know from my comment on your other blog, I agree!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  17. I don't mind recycled ideas, as long as there's enough originality in the plot to keep it different. And no thank you on fanfic! :P

    New follower

  18. Great points, and I agree. I'm not a big fanfic person, and all stories need to have at least some sort of original spin in order to keep my attention! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I'm a follower on GFC now! Don't know how I forgot to do that before (was just Linky before xD)

  19. I like to hear different perspectives...not just from bloggers, but from authors, too!
    I've got no problem with old ideas!

    New Follower/New Blogger

  20. Great answer! Agreed.
    Thanks for stopping by my FF and following. Old follower.

  21. I haven't read much fanfiction either! Thanks for stopping by !
    Old GFC Follower !
    My #FF
    ~Caitlin :)

  22. I have not dove into any fan fiction. I think I stay away for fear that it will ruin what is already in my head.

  23. A good answer.

  24. Terry Brooks' first Shannara trilogy all boasted a similar story, but I ate them up anyway.

  25. Great answer :)
    Thank you for commenting on my post!

    Marissa @

  26. Hi, thanks for stopping by and following! I've returned the favor :) I can't agree more on your answer, and I also think this is a loaded question. There are two sides to each story!

    Judith @ Paper Riot

  27. I love fairy-tale retellings. They just make me smile. I love seeing the author's take on the story. I get a little sad when it is written in a way that you can no longer see the original tale, but for the most part I adore them.

    Old follower

    My FF

  28. As long as there's some kind of difference between the original story and the retelling I'll probably enjoy it. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Old follower!

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

  29. lol, our answers are almost identical! great answer! :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Am now following you :)

  30. New follower! Thank you for stopping by. Very good answer!

  31. Great answer! I agree with you.
    It's difficult to find something entirely original, but when the whole thing is almost identical to another book, I can tell there's something wrong going on there.
    Thanks for stopping by. I'm following both of your blogs :)
    @ Pause Time

  32. I agree completely. No story is completely new!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Old follower on GFC.

  33. Same here! Using it as an inspiration is fine as long as you don't copy the whole thing. I haven't really read any fanfic except the ones that got published.

    Old Follower!
    Thanks for stopping by My FF

  34. If we only allowed original stories to be published, most of my bookshelf would be empty. Everything has a concept that overlaps with something else.

    Thanks for stopping by my FF.