I like particular elements and aspects from several different works, and I would like to incorporate them into my piece. Would I be considered a 'copycat' or 'unoriginal' if I go through with it? For example, I really like the element of 'color-blindness' from The Giver (Lois Lowry), and something similar to the 'arena/fight to the death' like from the Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins); I would like to incorporate these two elements into my story, but I just don't want to be seen as, "Oh, it's another one of those novels...", or "That part of the story reminds of me ________'s novel. Copycat much?" I mean, obviously, I wouldn't be copying the authors' works. I would put my own twist and my own meaning to the elements. I just want to hear your thoughts about this.