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Question of the Week: Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?
A: As long as the book is its own distinct work, then yes. I think I love fairy tale retelling more than other books because they play on the fact that it is working off of something else. I think that came out weird… what I mean is with retellings, you have those “Oic wut u did thar” moments where they incorporate the old myths and stories into another completely new story. I love it when authors pull something from an old story and stick it into the modern world in a way that works.
With books that aren’t supposed to be a retelling and are just similar, I think as long as it’s not blaringly obvious, I don’t mind if two books are alike. For example, I found a lot of similarities in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium to Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series. But while reading I wasn’t put off by it -- it was more of a “Huh, I wonder if Lauren Oliver read Uglies.”
I haven’t read any pulled-to-publish fanfic that I know of, so I don’t have much of an opinion on it.