Basically, I like to write absurdist humor, mostly scifi. My biggest inspiration is Douglas Adams after I watched the Hitchhiker's Guide movie, and then started reading the books. I find that the style that suits me is one similar to his, but not ripping off. I'm inspired by him, but when I come up with ideas, they're purely my own. Well, I recently finished the first book and started the second. I'm about an hour into Martin Freeman's narration, and I keep feeling like I'm in that South Park episode where Butters can't find anything original. Two examples... First, in one of my scenes, a character accidentally scares the main character, and he jumps up, frightened. The other character then says something along the lines of, "why are you jumping? Is the gravitational pull stabilizer malfunctioning?" I thought it was funny, because it takes a pretty commonly-written line about him jumping when startled, and makes it literal. Listening to the second book, Adams had a scene where Ford literally jumps in the air when you're not expecting it to be taken literally. Similar, but not too bad. But the second one...why do I even try anymore? My main character gets abducted by aliens, and is on a spaceship. He had to take an elevator to a different floor, and I thought it'd be funny to make the elevator sentient, and make him both a very frightened being, and also one that tries to negotiate which floor it'll actually take you to. Lo and behold, that same combination had already been done by Adams. Granted, these were ideas I had BEFORE I ever read them. I keep coming up with what I think are funny and awesome ideas, and a month later, I read it in one of his books. Why bother at this point... Should I keep these jokes, since I thought of them before I read them?