book sins the inferno
Midway on the journey of its life, Sarcasm & Lemons found itself within a bookshelf dark, for the literary path had been lost...
Therefore, I think and judge it for thy best thou follow me, C.J., and I will be thy guide and lead thee hence through the underworld where thou shalt hear the desperate lamentations, shalt see the ancient pages disconsolate, who cry out each one for second printing.
I take you now through the circles of the underworld to observe the greatest sins committed against books and book-kind. Today, we arrive at the first circle, wherein lie the scoundrels who have perpetrated the deadly sin of...
Today, we observe those books that have appropriated too much from their forebears. While their sins hath not merited the reproach of the law, their crimes of duplication here remain.
Sometimes, two people come up with the same idea. Sometimes, one of them comes up with it in 2003 and has a wildly successful novel plus adorable-despite-being-cheesy movie starring Anne Hathaway. Sometimes, one of them "comes up with it" 10 years later. (This isn't the only culprit, either! Apparently the devil also wears kilts, plaid, pinstripes, and spurs.)
Copying a chick-lit phenom is one thing. Copying one of the greatest stories ever written by anyone ever? Shame! Not to mention, you're shooting yourself in the foot if you're inviting an instant comparison with Edgar Allen Poe.
I'm being lied to! This is no Dickens! Seriously, though, don't you realize that your book has the same title as a freaking classic? Why would that ever be a good idea!? I guess you can do anything when you're postmodern.
One came out June 2nd. The other comes out September 3rd. One's about witches, the other about a boy who can't die. But they both have eerily similar symbols, even fonts. Coincidence? The book-gods shall decide.
It's not technically wrong to use the same cover model as someone else, in the same pose, but it doesn't help your case when someone clicks on your book mistakenly because they think it's another, more popular book. And then they feel cheated and run away.
I've posted this before, but it's so ludicrous that I have to share it again. I know they're not exactly the same, but...are you kidding me? If you squint a little, you might buy the wrong one.
a sin of their own
I mean, Fifty Shades probably fits under a whole trove of sins. But it's also the ultimate copycat. It started as Twilight fan fiction, effectively stealing its characters and setting. It even has a weirdly similar cover, just in case you forgot that it's secretly about Edward and Bella.
Have you found any cover-cats lately? Share the worst offenders here! For more cover copycats, check out this extensive list of cover copycat sins.