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Feature & Follow Friday #4 – Borrowed Ideas

Welcome to FFF, hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read! I love this week’s question, since it seems to be a more and more common problem!

This week’s question:

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

YES! I have to completely agree with Parajunkee here, but probably even more extreme. I read Blade Song for review, and the similarity it had to the Kate Daniels series just completely put me off. Urban Fantasy is a genre that is having more and more trouble with this. I read speculative fiction very much for the ideas of new worlds and magic systems, so when books are just recycled, ick. Even fairytale retellings, like Jim C. Hines’ Princess series, need to have some new ideas thrown in for me to be interested.

I’m a little follow obsessed, and enjoy following with GFC, Linky and NetworkedBlogs all at the same time, so link me your blog and I will follow you every way I can :D

What do you think of borrowing ideas? In a lot of genres, it is probably becoming hard to avoid stumbling over each other, but is that really an excuse? I don’t read a lot of fanfic, so I don’t really know about that one, what do you think?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -A


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  1. I agree! That’s kind of why I love retellings. The author takes an old idea and puts their own spin on it.
    Thanks for stopping by my FF–and sorry I’m replying back so late!

  2. Great answer!!

    Thanx for visiting my FF, I’m a bit late!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  3. To be honest, I’d never even heard of fanfic before this FF. :) But I’m pretty certain it’s not my thing.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Followed you back!

  4. I totally agree with you! Thanks so much for stopping by and following- new Networked Blogs follower :)

  5. Great answer! There needs to be originality in the story. Thanks for stopping by my FF this week. I’m following you back via Linky!

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I’m following you back now :)
    -Kate the Book Buff

  7. I completely agree. I don’t mind retellings as long as the offer a fresh and exciting idea.

  8. I agree always throw in something new. Im returning the follow via email. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I agree with you there! If there isn’t some sort of new idea or unique twist to a retelling then I get completely PO’d! Thanks for visitng my blog! Followed back via Email. :D

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

  10. I’m intrigued by your answer and am now following you via Linky. Feel free to visit me whenever you get a chance…

    The Scarf Princess

  11. I was going to comment on your FF answer, but now I just want to tell you how cute I think your blog is! Following back via GFC =)

    Thank you for stopping by.
    Reeka @BoundbyWords

  12. Great answer! I agree, there needs to be something different to make the retelling interesting.

    New follower via email!

    My F&F

    • Thanks for following :D I just got the rest of the Princess series by Jim C. Hines which are fairytale retellings and I’m so excited :D

  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog. That was exactly my answer too! Without the example though. LOL.

    Cindy @

    • Thanks for coming by here too! Yeah, I got really annoyed while reading that book and can’t help but use it >.> oops xD

  14. I am so glad I am not the only one who thinks that there is a little too much copycat going on. Thanks for stopping by and following. I am a new follower via RSS!

  15. I followed back via email subscription! :)

  16. Totally agree that it needs something new and different about it! Old Follower!

  17. OMG, I love the Kate Daniels series so now i must read Blade Song. The similarites might bother me but i have to check it out.

    New follower. :)

    • Haha, I will warn you that I didn’t think Blade Song was nearly as high of quality, the romance was just not as swoon worthy, the magic and world-building not as cool, just as all around a bit disappointing. That being said, I look forward to seeing what you think, since I know others have enjoyed it! I might be getting cynical with UF ;-) Thanks for stopping by!

  18. Thank you for commenting on my site. I’m now following you via Linky :)

    Marissa @ For The Love Of Film And Novels

  19. Totally agree. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    New follower as well!
    ~Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

  20. I haven’t read much urban fantasy so wouldn’t know about the similarities but I think I have Blade Song to read. I think alot of books in the same genres have similar themes and concepts but what stands out most is when a unique twist is added. I haven’t read any fanfics but I personally wouldn’t read any.

    I love your blog! I love the dragon! New follower through e-mail subscribe :)
    Becca @ Lost in Thought

    • I hope you enjoy it more than I did then! A unique twist is something that I definitely always look for :) Thanks for stopping by :D

  21. I don’t mind borrowed ideas but only if the author puts their own spin on it. It can’t be a complete copy cat otherwise I won’t be interested.
    New follower! :-)

  22. I agree with your answer. I don’t mind books that have a similar topic, as long as there is some originality! Creative stories are the best kind of stories. :)
    Love your blog design btw! The dragon is awesome!

    New follower and happy friday :)

    Judith @ Paper Riot

    • Exactly! There are definitely going to be overlaps at times, but I don’t see the point in writing a book unless you have a burning idea you just have to get out! Thanks for stopping by! I love the dragon too :D Her name is Midnyght ;-) Off to check out your blog!

  23. Mary Grace says:

    I think not only UF but also a lot of YA. Too much insta-love and melodrama in stories nowadays. It’s really hard to find original and well thought out plots nowadays, it’s insane.

    – Mary Grace @ The Solitary Bookworm

  24. Just hopping by, liked your answer.

  25. Ah! Yes! We must be book-sisters Anya because I could not agree more! I know to a certain extent all books are influenced by other books but I can’t stand when an author obviously borrowed characters, themes AND items from another author. And I’m the type of person who spots ‘borrowed’ elements from like a MILE away haha :) Thanks for sharing!

    Here’s my FFF

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

    • Exactly! And it’s worse when it’s a review book and I feel like I have to keep reading it… ugh! Thanks for stopping by :D

  26. Good answer. I don’t mind similarities as long as there’s something different about a story. I see similiarities in a subgenre all the time, but as long as the story is doing a different thing somewhere, it’s okay with me.
    Old follower via email. Here’s my FF:

    • That is very true, subgenres tend to have at least some similarities! As long as they aren’t too close ;-) Thanks for stopping by :D Off to see yours :D

  27. Jessica@a GREAT read says:

    To me, I am a reader who notices the details and what not and I really don’t mind stories that can seem similar because there will always be something that makes the book stand out.

    Like Kelley Armstrong and Amanda Carlson, they both wrote books concerning the only female werewolf, and yet the stories are so very different from one another. But the idea is still the same.

    I love fairy tale retllings myself. There is a series that is older, from the early 2000s, that was called, at one point, Once Upon a Time series. Different authors each retold a different fairy tale! They were awesome! It went longer than I thought too, I remember when I was at Borders before they closed I saw a handful of new titles.

    Here’s my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

    • That is a very good point, and as long as the premise has something that is unique, I’ll probably be okay, it’s only when more and more things keep lining up that I go “wait, what?? was that really necessary??” Oo, the Once Upon a Time series looks really fun :D Might have to check it out! Thanks for stopping by :D Off to check out your post!

  28. Hi,

    I’m enjoying this blog hop, which has brought me to your site today.

    Kind regards,

  29. I also have trouble if there are too many similarities, it makes it feel like cheating kind of.

    I am a new Linky and Networked Blogs follower :)

    Here’s my
    FF post for this week.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    • Exactly! It’s like, these other people worked really hard to come up with this idea and you didn’t and now I paid you for this book, gah! Thanks for following, off to check out your blog! Have a great weekend

  30. smallblondehippy says:

    I think some genres lend themselves to copying/similarities more than others. I steer clear of paranormal romance for this reason. Love your blog title and the puple dragon,by the way! New follower via email. Here’s mine:My FF

    • Exactly! I read UF and PR when I’m specifically in the mood for those genres, but go in with the assumption that I probably know what is going to happen because most stories have become so formulaic. Thanks so much for stopping by! I love the dragon too :D

  31. Fairy retellings are very interesting as they make me look at a story with a new perpective. Completely understandable why you aren’t too fond of similar book ideas. :)

    The Readdicts Feature & Follow Friday post

    New follower here! (via Linky)

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

    • Indeed! I haven’t read a lot of them, but I’m starting to really like fairytale retellings :D Thanks for following :D Off to check out your post!

  32. Hopping through. Hmm…Blade Song sounds familiar. Who wrote it?
    My Hop

    • J. C. Daniels apparently. It was on Netgalley for a while, so maybe you saw it there? Thanks for stopping by :D Off to yours!

  33. Great answer. Mine was a little different.

    New Follower :)

    My response @ Marilyn’s Mystery Blog

  34. Agreed. In fact, this is the reason I have several genres I don’t read except on extreme, multiple recommendation, and even then I wary. Because there’s just not enough originality for me. :D Great answer! My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday! :D

    • Completely agreed! And Urban Fantasy is starting to get to that point with me :( Kind of sad really… Off to check out yours :D

  35. Following you back. Thanks for stopping by I completely agree I’m a fan of Urban Fantasy and I must say I have read a few synopses that could have been the same exact book just different tiles, names of character and places have been changed to protect the innocent I mean story.

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