Friday, November 9, 2012

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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.


Have a wonderful bookish weekend!



  1. I agree with you, especially on the fan fic, it should NEVER be published, its one thing to have it, for fun, in groups or whatever, but yet, to publish it, no way. I really don't read it anyway. AND Hate that that Twilight fan-fic was published as that awful Fifty shades crap, just a disgrace and its badly written. Its like making fun of a series i love.

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  2. YAY I think I agree with every single thing you said, haha! In general, it really does depend, and I feel much the same way about BDSM. And published fanfic. *shudder*

    (Old follower--didn't really do FF this week but I'm stopping by :) )

    (Btw, check out the new blog hop we’re starting: Save-a-Word Saturday!)


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