While browsing the interwebs for sites on the craft of writing, I frequently encounter the idea that there's no such thing as an original idea, that's it's all been done before, that every kind of story that can be told, HAS been told. Do you agree? More importantly, does it matter? I heard a thought once that originality is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is presentation. An idea that needs to be heard by today's audience my have been told many times before, but that was in the past. What's needed is to re-tell that idea in a way that fits the current context, the current culture, the present situation. eg. Mankind has been drinking beer for millenia. You'd think brewers would give up on trying to make new beer recipies, they've all been done. But people want beer. They want it with new names and different labels and crazy stuff mixed in it like lemon or cinnamon (ugh). So we keep brewing... Thoughts?