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Q: Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?
I find a lot of books that are similar in some ways (romantic elements, shared ideas with a story background, character traits, etc.) and I don’t think it’s always intentional, but I don’t mind IF the authors manage to pull me in with their own unique take on such similarities. If you haven’t noticed, a lot of romance stories in recent releases share some common traits. I.E. the best friend suddenly becoming “more.” Love triangles. Dystopians of future worlds where there’s a corrupt government and one person who is going to lead a rebellion. All of these concepts are actually quite common--but can be redeemed depending on the author and how well they pull everything off. It just depends. I certainly don’t want to pick up a book though where it’s clear the author only wrote for the money and stole every idea they could from other books.
Retellings: I love them in most cases. Especially fairytales. I don’t like the idea of taking beloved classics and blending them with BDSM erotica (which some pubs are trying to do now). I have liked some monster mash-ups also. (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and Wuthering Bites being my two favorites).
Published fanfic? Hell no. That’s one thing I’m strongly against. I hate, hate, hate the idea of published fanfic and refuse to pick it up. It’s a disgrace.
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