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09 November 2012

Feature & Follow #5

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 Q:Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?
Not really. Similar ideas, themes, concepts etc is what makes us like particular genres/types of books right? Take fantasy books for instance; I love elves, dragons, magic and so on and when I read book after book with these ideas in I really don't mind and don't really get tired of it. I love fantasy because of what the genre brings to the table. Take the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini as an example. I loved Eragon, the first book because it had all the fantasy concepts in it that I love. Yes, reading back through the series I can see that some ideas are extremely similar to other books/films as some people have pointed out, but I enjoyed the whole reading experience and I think that's what counts at the end of the day
Retellings I don't mind at all. Right now I can't get enough of fairytale retellings. I absolutely loved Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I thought it was such a unique and clever retelling of the story. There's a few other fairytale retellings on my wishlist that I can't wait to get my hands on. I think retelling an old tale and invigorating it with new life, a new story and maybe a new twist is just so clever and I love love love reading such stories. 
Fanfics? Not so much. You won't see me picking up the Fifty Shades trilogy anytime soon. Well, never is more precise. 


  1. I don't really mind either as long as each book has a unique voice.

    Tanya Patrice

  2. New follower hopping through! Happy to have run across your blog. Anyone with Cinder AND Terry Pratchett on the sidebar is a blogger worth following! :)
    Here's My FF

  3. New Follower here as well (Via GFC). I agree with you on a lot of what you said. Especially the bit about where you're never going to pick up the FSG trilogy. Here's my FF (Ignore its being weird, I hit "post" before I added the post title, lol):


  4. I totally agree that fantasy books are bound to have similar basic ideas to each other unless they are totally off the wall. Where I get annoyed is when the world is very similar, and the species have the same weaknesses/strengths and the characters have the same backgrounds. There is just no way that is a coincidence, ya know??

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm an old follower, but new with NetworkedBlogs!

  5. I agree that some ideas and themes are what makes a book genre, and therefore there are going to be things that will repeat in each book about vampires, dragons and so on. I don't really mind in those cases... But sometimes things go too far, I mean, I like books which have their unique plot lines, and character development. And there are some that has practically copy&paste some lines of other author works. The thing is being able to tell the difference between the two cases, I think.

    I'm a new GFC follower
    Kar @ Pause Time

  6. I agree! I don't mind as long as there seems to be some original thought put into the story.

    old Follower GFC: http://mydailyobsessionreview.blogspot.com/

  7. I din't mind when it's things such as re-tellings or similar backgrounds when the things are exactly the same, that's when things start to get iffy. Great answer.

    Old Follower
    Kaina @ These Flying Pages

  8. I love retellings too! Great answer! Thanks for stopping by :)

  9. Great answer! I'm now following you via GFC so feel free to visit whenever you get a chance...

    The Scarf Princess


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