Feature & Follow: Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

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

A:  It really, really depends. On one hand, I can guarantee that you were not the only author in history to come up with your neat new idea.  On the other hand, Fifty Shades of Grey, really!?  I think if a retelling/similar concept is done really well and feels qualitatively different from other, similar books, it's fine.  Take 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues.  Very similar title (and concept) to Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher--on the surface.  Dig deeper, and you find a very different story with different emotions and its own strong literary presence.  But carbon copies...yeah.  Not so much.  

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  1. I agree, I like retellings and what not when they tell their own story. But when I'm reading something and I'm all 'hey wait didn't I already read this?' Then that's just not cool lol

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  2. Completely agree with your answer. There aren't books that are 100% unique, but published fan fiction is a no for me. New follower :)

    Judith @ Paper Riot

  3. Haha, I absolutely agree, and I'll check out 34 Pieces of You, soon, now that you've mentioned it. :)

    Patricia // My Hop

  4. Hi,

    I'm enjoying this blog hop - my first! I just linked to your site, which looks really interesting.

    Kind regards,

  5. Yeah, I am right there with you. Sometimes it can be done well, and others, well, not so much. I am enjoying this hop. Was my first time participating. I enjoy getting to know so many new bloggers. I am a new follower via RSS. My FF

  6. True! Every story we read has been done before, so nothing really is original. It's the imagination, and creativity of the author that counts.

    New Follower!
    Aman @ Enticed by Books

  7. There've been a couple wow I've NEVER read that before books, but I agree most ideas are classic in some way!

    I'm a new follower :D Here is my FFF