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Feature & Follow: 5th Edition

Thursday, November 08, 2012 § 17 Comments

Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read:
Gain Book Blog Followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers — but you have to know — the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me. The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! This week's features are Ramblings of a Coffee Adicted Writer & Paranormal Romance.
Q: Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?
I guess it really depends. If a book directly lifts off another book's plot, character characteristics, and has no twists or at least some original qualities, then I mind very, very much. But if a book inspires another one and the author creates their own worlds and rules enough for the "original" (so to speak) to be just a thing in the background, then okay, cool. Especially if it's a part of a series that the author can expand on with their own original material as they keep writing. Retellings -- fairy tales in particular -- are some of my favourites... if done well. On the flip side, stuff pulled directly from fanfics isn't something high on my radar. Fifty Shades of Grey? Reeked of fanfic in the way it was written, then I found out it actually was a fanfic with the names changed (even the character descriptions were so obvious!) and there was some major side-eye going on. Not a fan.

Let's face it, though. If I wanted to avoid all the YA books out right now that had similar concepts to other ones, then I'd have nothing to read. How many books have we read about a heroine involved in a love triangle with a boy (or two) who's some form of supernatural creature? So, so many.

What about you guys? Thoughts? Let me know, and happy Friday. :)

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