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    Hey, that's my idea!

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Domino, Jun 21, 2011.

    Does this ever happen to you guys, or is it just me that apparently has no unique thought in my head?

    There are loads of times that I'll read a book or watch a movie, and I'll see things that have already been formed in my head ages ago - right there out in the open. And the bugger is, it wasn't me that got it out there first! :p It's happened with creatures, story-lines and certain characters. Even on here since I've been lurking about I've read two different stories (parts of stories) that members have posted for critique that have reminded me of my own stuff.

    It's such a disappointment when that happens. I'll be happily tootling along thinking I've created something really original, and then boom! Already done. Obviously it's not exactly the same, but definitely very similar and with obvious comparisons that would make anyone who ever reads my stuff assume I've taken it from these other sources.

    Boooo! Rubbish. lol. This happens to other people, right? Not just me?

    I have one story that I particularly like, and I'll be absolutely gutted if someone else gets their version of it famous before I've had chance to show it to anyone... :eek:
     
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    Evrey. single. one. of. us
     
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    I think it happens to everyone at some point :(

    (btw, Domino, I LOVE your sig... makes me laugh everytime I read it. Why, yes, I am easily amused...)
     
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    It may sound like a tautology now, but the idea doesn't matter, it's the story. You can argue that all ideas have already been done before, but regardless, there's a sort of collective unconscious. We are all subjected to the same world, movies, and literature, chances are we're not inherently original, we just utilize our influences to form something new out of similar ideas.
     
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    I once wrote a short story called Sin City that had a main character named Kevin. And then that movie comes out... and after that I discover the movie is based on an awesome comic book.

    That really bugged me, though the plot was different.
     
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    I wrote a song back in high school that I thought was crap, so I never played it for anyone and generally forgot about it. Then Phil Collins came out with his "In The Air Tonight", which was my song, note for note, chord for chord! (He had different lyrics, but the music was the same.) He made about a zillion dollars with it, and I STILL THINK IT'S CRAP!

    I learned a lot about myself then, and about people in general, and about earth and purgatory and hell and various other real and mythical states of being. My bank account has yet to benefit from any of this.
     
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    I think it happens to everyone at some point or another - afterall, we all watch the same films, hear the same music and are subjected to the same culture as everyone else around us. In a way we are all taught to think is a similar way, so it would be more surprising if you never had a thought that was similar to other peoples.

    As far as your writing goes though, although it may be irritating when someone else has a similar idea to you (and maybe does it better :mad:), if you can make your story your own, it doesn't really matter than someone somewhere has previously done something similar :)
     
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    Ha, yeah. I came up with what I thought was a really original sci-fi idea but no, someone who read it said 'it's like that film...' Darn it.
     
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    I think it's something we all suffer from.

    It puts me in the mind of when you change your car - you never noticed that make of car before you got one - now the streets are full of them.
     
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    I have an idea for a creature/race/offshoot of humanity that I'm so fond of. I haven't told anyone and am not intending to until I've used the idea in a story. I'm betting, after I've done that, it'll only take a day or so before I find out that someone else has done it already.
     
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    I know it happens to everyone at some point but one time I swear, they copied me. I based a character on a TV show character and one of the things I did to my version of the character, the show later did to the original. I was like: :eek:
     
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    Think of poor old me - I was reading something about Twilight and realised a ton of parallels between my characters and those in the story. :O Never mind I'd been sitting on these ideas for like 6 years at the time... Way before I knew anything about Twilight.

    I used it to my advantage though. I knew the characters were similar, but the story really wasn't, so I read the novels, enough to figure out what was bad, and what not to do, and avoided it all in my own writing, or took reassurance that I hadn't already done it. :p

    (I don't think my characters were ever that bad, but there was a certain type to them all... Right down to the fact my main character was called Yzobella... Thankfully always "Yz" for short rather than "Bella")
     
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    Yes! :mad: Ruined for me a fantastic horror story that I could have wrote. :mad:
     
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    I was the one who actually came up with the Harry Potter series!

    No, no, seriously it's common. You see ideas of stories have all been done, plots do not change, so one must then create a unique idea.

    Thousands, millions, each year a new story begins so it is not uncommon for one to see something that represents their own original thoughts.

    I feel more connected with the world when I see two ideas of two completely different individuals play out with such similarities.
     
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    It happens a bunch of time to us. That might prove to us that more than just one person have the same idea... ^^;
     
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    Oh, also, Doctor Who stole, like, ALL my innovative ideas from my latest series. All in a few episodes of this latest season! I want to go shake Stephen Moffat and tell him to get out of my brain. Also to stop trying to kill Rory off. :p
     
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    The Doctor is in!
     
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    i'm sure it's happened to all writers at one time or another... and has been doing so for as long as people have been making up stories...
     
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    I think that authors' voice plays such a big role in the sucess of a book that even if you have a very similar story it could have a very different feel. Also anyone who is hugely sucessful has to put up with people comparing their work with every other story out there, even if the closest similarities are the use of the words "and" and "the".
     
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    I had this whole vampire world I was/am still working on long before the vampire craze hits and I plan on keeping it long after it's over. Besides, if I'm disheartened because something seems similar I decide to change it and it's usually for the better in my story anyway.
     
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    Everyone has been through this at some point in their lives. I can't come to give a specific situation that I've gone through with this at the moment, but it has happened. It is just a matter of coiencidence (spelling?, please) IMO.
     
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    Bear in mind that a dozen people can write what is, essentially, the same story, but only one of them is going to be the best.


    aimi - "coincidence"
     
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    I always tell this little story I found in Reader's Digest a couple of months ago when people are getting down about the whole idea thing:

    There were these two comic strip artists, one in the US and one in the UK, never had any form of contact with each other. They release a comic strip on the same day on their respective sides of the pond, its name: "Dennis the Menace" both strips were about a little annoying boy, however UK's was more distructive and darker looking, plus the artist had a different style.

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    The artists actually laughed about it together then continued with their strips because they were still really different.

    What does that mean for you? Just go with the idea, as they say in the adoptables threads "Don't be afraid to adopt the same thing as someone else, you may start with the same character/name/plot/idea but you will end up with two different stories..."

    ~Phantom
     
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    I'm sure this has happened to me before but can't think of any off the top of my head. Some examples would be interesting.
     

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