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Q: Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings, or pulled to publish fanfics?
I definitely do not mind finding similar ideas in books. As a former English major, I have learned that there are very few completely original ideas and I also have developed knowledge of many "classic" literary works. Some of the fun of reading (for me, at least) is seeing the connections between current works and past works.
For example, I am a huge fan of fairy tale retellings and love to see how a writer takes an existing story and makes it their own ala Beastly by Alex Flinn or Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Some other "retellings" that I have enjoyed are An Affair to Remember by Karen Hawkins (based on The King and I), For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (based on Jane Austen's Persuasion), and His At Night by Sherry Thomas (based on The Scarlet Pimpernel).
In terms of fanfiction, I was a huge fan during high school and still like to search out my old favorites. I specifically was drawn to stories from Harry Potter, Jane Austen, and the anime Sailor Moon. As a fanfic reader, I was extremely picky about the writing skill and storylines that I would choose. One of my favorite types of plots to read (especially in HP) was alternate universes where one tiny thing was different and the entire world changed.
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