Nothing kills a writer’s spirit more than excitedly telling someone their story idea, only to be told ‘oh so-and-so wrote that.’ The word originality gets thrown around a lot, often about lofty literary books no one wants to read or used to taunt genre writers. Be …
if you go into any higher level literature class from high school on, one of the major things they are going to tell you is this- THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A WHOLY ORIGINAL WORK OF LITERATURE. literature is inspired by other literature.
authors make allusions to other works all the times, making similar archetypal plot lines, character. and themes. and sometimes, people just make complete remakes of other authors stories.
before the 20th century and the rise of copyrights, it was not only acceptable, but expected and revered. Shakespeare didn’t write Romeo and Juliet. He adapted the story from some some Italian poet. Do you think Disney wrote Snow White? No! he adapted the story from a fairy tale. and even today, Joss Whedon didnt create the avengers characters.Did that stop the Avergers from being a kick ass movie? HELL NO
THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF LITERATURE IS TO EXAMINE HUMANITY AND OUR RELATIONSHIPS TO THE WORLD. OBVIOUSLY THIER IS GOING TO BE SOME OVERLAPPING THEMES, BUT THE BEUATY OF LITERATURE IS THAT EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT IDEAS AND PERSPECTIVES SO EVERYONE CAN CREATE SOMETHING UNIQUE EVEN WORKING WITHIN FAMILIAR THEMES.
LITERATURE DOESNT EXIST IN A VACUME. YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER AND ANALYZE IN IN THE CONTEXT OF HISTORY AND OTHER LITERATURE THATS THE WHOLE POINT
SO IF ANYONE TRIES TO STOP YOU FROM WRITING BECAUSE ITS NOT ORIGINAL TELL THEM TO SHOVE THIER OPINIONS UP THIER MISINFORMED ASSHOLE