It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
- Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
- Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - Ramblings of a Coffee Addict and Paranormal Romance.
- Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
- Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
- Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
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To a certain extent, no. Because to a certain extent, very few story ideas are actually new. Dickens rehashed ideas from earlier stories. Twain rehashed ideas from earlier stories. Shakespeare rehashed ideas from earlier stories. I'm sure if we could ask him, we'd find that Homer rehashed ideas from earlier stories. All writers borrow from the past to a certain extent, and genre writers probably do so even more than most. Certain tropes of genre fiction are simply accepted, and as a result, they get reused time and time again by writers. Does the fact that Babylon 5 borrows from The Demolished Man bother me? Is the fact that Green Lantern borrows from the Lensman series problematic? No, not in the least. Because even though they borrow from their inspirational sources, the storytelling is done well enough, and there is enough difference in the execution to make the later works enjoyable to read.
But there is a tipping point where "borrowing" become "copying", and where "inspiration" becomes "plagiarism". For me, that point is best exemplified by Dennis L. McKiernan's Iron Tower trilogy, which is so derivative of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings that while I was reading it I spent my time wondering why I didn't just go and read Tolkien's books instead. While many fantasy writers borrow elements from Tolkien, and from the sources that inspired Tolkien, once your book becomes too much like a rehash of its predecessors, then there's just no reason to read it.
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