Each week, in addition to a question to answer, one of the previous week’s participants will be randomly selected by each host for an interview (hence the Feature portion of the meme). This week’s featured bloggers are Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and Paranormal Romance.
Here’s this week’s question:
Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?
I have never read any fanfic, even after knowing about it for a while. I think I am worried that there will be so much out there that I will spend all day reading it instead of being productive. I will not be someone who never leaves her computer, installs a tiny fridge under my desk (but leaving room for a sleeping bag and pillow) while wearing an astronaut diaper. Plus, I’ll bet there’s a lot of K R A P out there. I just don’t have time. It would be so much easier if someone I know and respect would just point me toward the good stuff. NO! No. I can’t. I think it would be my kryptonite.
So let me back up and answer the first part. I think I would have answered this slightly differently in my teens. Back in those days (wait, I need to sit in my rocker and grasp my cane handle for this story) most books weren’t series, so I was always looking for something similar so I could get that good book high that I received from the last story I read. Yeah, it never came. But then the novel gods would lead me to something else I enjoyed. Then the cycle would repeat. I am sure my interests were much more narrow then as well. Nowadays, everything had a sequel (I kid!…almost), so it is actually possible to get your fill of some books (unfortunately). And, worse yet, it gets boring to read the same thing over and over (or some book pretending to be the same thing). Plus, I care more about the stealing of ideas (so lazy) from other books.
This whole P2P (pull-to-publish) is an interesting conundrum. Why couldn’t a story be cleaned up, repackaged and sent on its merry way to consumers if there is no trace of the original story it was based on? On the other hand, my good internet pal and author Angel Lawson (who is much more immersed in this world than I could ever hope to be) has some choice words on the matter here and here. Some of her point is: if you are writing on the coattails (see what I did there) of a famous author and their famous book, and you have presented your take on their story to legions of fans and fanfic readers, were these ever your fans in the first place? Do you owe the original author, the one who created, wrote, edited, re-edited, edited some more and published the original material, anything? Is that right or wrong?
Something to ponder while I sit back and wait for links to your fav fanfics.