Friday, November 9, 2012

Featue & Follow Friday (#5)

Feature & Follow is hosted by Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read.  Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

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.

11 comments:

  1. I like your answer. I love a good retelling.
    (I also love the name of your blog!)

    new follower. My FF:
    http://booksojourner.blogspot.com/2012/11/feature-follow-2.html

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  2. Nice answer! I love fairy tale retellings for the same reason! I had no idea that Delirium was like Uglies, if so, then I should read Uglies soon.
    old follower :)
    Here’s my FF

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    1. Uglies is awesome and you should definately read it if you loved Delirium!

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  3. I agree - I usually don't mind as long as there is some originality - something different, even if the books are a similar concept.

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  4. I love fairytale retellings too! As far as pulled-to-published I oppose it on ethical grounds.

    My follow friday! Please visit!

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    1. Pulled-to-publish is an interesting new controversy in the book world. I find the concept rather... well, ridiculous. Especially when you think about the crazy advances some of the writer's are getting for work that is not entirely theirs.

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    2. ^^Agreeing with you!

      I'm a new follower, even though I didn't actually do FF this week. :)

      I am, however, starting a blog hop called Save-a-Word Saturday that you're welcome to visit! Nice to meet you. :) And I just have to say how much I love the blog name!

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    3. What an awesome blog hop! I will have to join :D

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  5. "But while reading I wasn’t put off by it -- it was more of a 'Huh, I wonder if Lauren Oliver read Uglies.'"

    I think those things ALL of the time!
    Thank you for stopping by and following =)
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    Reeka @BoundbyWords

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