So I've been working on my novel for three years, and I categorize it in the dark fantasy genre. With this in mind I've found that people are quick to judge without even knowing the wider plots. It is a medieval fiction, yes, and as a high percentage of such fiction it is inspired by the medieval ages of England. For a realistic portrayal of how things worked there will have to be court (political) intrigue, and of course in most stories there are betrayals and dramatic turns of events. One would also want, for a realistic portrayal, different major houses, vassals and barons and so forth. (This is fiction however, so everything doesn't have to be spot on, there can be differences). This is where the trouble sets in, I'm sure a few if not more think of A Song of Ice and Fire and / or Game of Thrones. (Which the court intrigue is a twist of the War of the Roses, of course with GRRM's personal touch here and there) So if I am questioned "what is your book about?" I'd not go into a lot of details, I'd rather explain it's a dark fantasy with a lot of political intrigue, betrayals and of course battles and war. It also has a high touch of religion, in which there is an inner battle of two different doctrines. Then there's the fantasy aspect which I won't go into detail because of spoilers, and the brewing of conflict between two sovereign nations, and a third subdued one. And then I get the reply "Well so it's just a Game of Thrones copy, or?" I know this is not the case for a number of reasons, but I have a hard time getting the point across without just blathering out spoilers. (Even then I dunno where to begin because it's massive) I can tell them I worked on it before I even knew of the books or the TV show, but who's going to believe me? They might, but yeah... I don't get particularly upset about this, but it's like a needle in the toe, one that I frankly get a bit annoyed about. I know the fantasy genre is one that is quickly shot down for being blatant copycats of previous works, and or that it doesn't have any real depth or the story is bad and blablabla. I get that the description I tell interested people reminds them of the GoT universe, but I suppose that's because it's closer than any previous bestselling works at how the medieval society worked. (Like, one could argue the broader strokes of the Westeros plots are copied from the War of the Roses. I wouldn't say that, but it's an argument for the same type of people that quickly call out things as copies of other peoples work) I'll finish my novel(s), I'm dead certain of that, but I can't help but feel a trickle of doubt at times when it comes to the quick judgments made. I'd like to figure out how to perhaps swoop around that. Realistically you wouldn't want 'copy' to be the first thought to come into your readers mind, especially later if published. (Published would be different though, that short description on back and such, but it's something to keep in mind, and I think for other fantasy writers / authors too). New work is often compared to the current famous and trendy work. In truth I could say "Yes, my novels foundation is comparable to GoT because GoT is comparable to Medieval England (in which my novel is also comparable)." The thing is people wouldnt say I copying Medieval England, they'd say I copy Game of Thrones. I'd like to hear some thoughts about this from you, better yet if you are writing fantasy (maybe if you're feeling you're in the same boat). Or maybe you're one that dislikes the fantasy genre, I'd like to hear those inputs too. All in all I'd like to hear other people's voices when it comes to the topic of judging fantasy and or the problem of which I presented. It might seem like I'm going head over heels with the long post but I'm just trying to gather my thoughts around the subject and the issue at hand, and to best convey them to you.