11.09.2012

Feature & Follow (8)

Another week had pass by, how is your week? I got most of my test result this week (except one subject, the wait is killing me :P) and most of them are pretty good but not as good as I expected, I have to work harder! ;) This week's question is:

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

No, I don't mind books having similar ideas, and I actually quite like retellings! For example, there are tons of paranormal books out there that have the almost same structure of the paranormal world, but as long as the plot is good and the author is able to add her own flair to it, I am okay. I mean, some ideas are hard to not be reused, like the whole love-triangle thing and vampires and stuff, so I think as a reader we can't expect everything from a book is completely original, because that's not possible. We all live in the same world, sometimes even the same society, so some author's thinking route might be similar to another author, but as long as they could use the similar concepts, ideas, backgrounds to spin it into their own story, there's actually nothing to complain about. Of course, there's a fine line between similar and down right plagiarizing, so far I haven't read any book that seemed like it was ripped from another book, which is a good thing :) As for retellings, I love them! Well, as least fairy tales retellings. Some fairy tales are just so bright and happy, and I like that usuallt fairy tales retellings could be a little more dark, they are definitely fairy tales for Young Adults! As for fanfic, I must say I don't read fanfic, because I mostly don't like reading on the computer, nor do I always agree with what other people intercept the characters from the novel from which the fanfic was based on, and you must admit, some fanifcs are horrible. I have never read any pulled-to-publish fanfic, but I don't think I'll be reading them in the near future. As I have said, I am sure something will be different in these books and I don't want it to affect my view on the original novel/series. So no fanfic, thank you very much. 

 



What about you? How do you like books that are quite similar? Do you love them because you love the ideas? Or do you hate them because you think the idea was not being used well in the other book? I mostly just treat every book as an individual, I rarely compare them, 'cause that would be quite unfair, because all books have their own unique features, even if the books are in the same genre, the comparing is still not fair. How about retellings? And fanifics? Comment below :)

17 comments:

  1. I like retellings as well, especially fairy tale retellings! Those are so much fun! I don't mind books with similar ideas and themes either. But it has to be a different story altogether though.


    Here's my Follow Friday

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    Old Follower :)

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    1. Glad we shared the same view! ;)

      Thanks for commenting! :)

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  2. Similar concepts are cool, but out right copying is the worst! :)

    New Follower! My FF @ Pink Fluffy Hearts

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    1. Yeah, that's not right. I mean, you shouldn't be putting out a book if you can't even write something creative :P

      Thanks for following! Followed back ;)

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  3. I really like retellings! Old follower :)
    World of Books

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    1. I see retellings are kind of popular~~ ;)

      Thanks for commenting! :)

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  4. I don't really mind either as long as each book has a unique voice.

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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    1. Yeah, character's pretty important too :)

      Followed via Twitter :)

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  5. Great answer! I also love fairy tale retellings :D
    New follower

    Momo @ Where the Mome Raths Outgrabe

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for following! Followed back <3

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  6. Good answer! New Follower!
    Kristen @OCA

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    1. Thanks! Followed back :)

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  7. 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

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    1. Yeah, some fanfics are kind of weird...

      Thanks for stopping by too :)

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  8. I'm an old follower via GFC & appreciate you following me back. Have a wonderful reading week!

    The Scarf Princess

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    1. Sure, though I would love to hear your view on the topic :) Oh wait, I followed earlier... So, thanks for stopping by! :)

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  9. Great answer! I don't mind similar concepts but I'm not a fan-fic reader either. Thanks for stopping by my FF this week. I'm following you back via GFC.

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