Sometimes as a writer, I can tell where I have received my talent from. As we all know, writing in general can come from the things you see, the ideas that are created in the real world. But sometimes, If you are constantly reading, ideas from other people's fictional world slip in the mind, and you can lose grasp on your own originality. Some defend the idea that you can take small ideas, so long as you change it into something completely different. (For example: Futuristic robots that look nothing and act nothing like a robot you might have seen from IRobot. Or faking deaths--how many times has this been done? XD) But when do you lose complete originality? (I am pointing out the idea that taking anything loses some fraction of originality in general circumstances) For example: I read a book about Alex Rider. The gist of it is a fourteen year old boy who constantly gets involved in a British Intelligence Agency called the MI6. He is considered underaged, and usually is forced to do his missions under some kind of blackmail (First book his housekeeper's Visa expired. The MI6 said that they would renew it if he spied on someone) Scorpia, (Sabotage, Corruption, Intelligence, Assassination) an organization, is always after him. Another example: Call of duty: Modern Warfare. Everyone has played this franchise. We know that it is about World War III, and that involves alot of war tactics. Example 3: 24. I have inspiration in a fictional organization called CTU, Counter Terrorist Unit. Although stationed in Los Angles California, my fictional OPS stations are stationed all around the world, with America having three of them. One is in California, but I had a more accurate military choice with putting it in San Diego, near Coronado (Where one of the Navy SEAL bases are stationed.) I find this pushing the envelope, but I really didn't think about the similarity till now. Now what if ideas, even that I had no clue of, were mended and make it a sixteen year old girl by the name of Violet Flank, who gets in trouble with the American government agency called the Operational Protection Service. They force her to decript a type of intelligence device from a terrorist organization called FANTIM. (Facient assassins of Neo-Terrorism and International Mayhem) Later on, she gets involved so deep into the kabal that it causes World War III, where the story becomes real. The styles are completely different to me in story approach, but I admit to inspiration. Does this cause a lawsuit? (I'm kidding. But what do you guys think? Is it too far?) If you broskis could also give an example where places have given you inspiration, but you made your own original story out of the small ideas, tell me.