Thursday, November 8, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday (2)


Feature and Follow is a meme hosted by Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. It it a way to gain new followers and make new friends. I'm still fairly new to the blogging community, so I thought this would be a fun way to meet new bloggers! Be sure to link back to the hosts, and follow them. If someone follows you through FF, make sure to follow them back! 


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This week's question:

Q: Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?


I most definitely and absolutely mind. It's funny that this happened to be the question this week, because this has somewhat been an issue for me as of late. I feel like I've been reading a LOT of copycat dystopian novels-I won't name them, but it's kinda-sorta making me lose some hope in the genre. I have never read an fanfic, but if 50 Shades of Grey is the type of thing I can expect from that genre, I think I'm fine with keeping it unread lol. As for retellings- I'm a huge fan, a forever fan, and will be for a long time. To paraphrase Parajunkee, at least the authors of retellings are honest about where inspiration for their content came from. A recent retelling gem was A Tale Dark & Grimm (review here) by Adam Gidwitz, and one I'm SO looking forward to is My Name is Rapunzel by K.C. Hilton.
 
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32 comments:

  1. Congrats on the feature! I agree with you completely. I'm writing a dystopian series right now and I really hope no one thinks it's a copycat. I endeavor to be better than that! :D My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday! :D

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    1. Following via GFC, by the way! :D

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    2. Hi Liesel! Thank you so much for stopping by and following =). I commented and followed back on your Musings on Fantasia blog. Your dystopian novel sounds amazing, I would love the chance to read it! I will contact you via email if that's okay.

      Have a great weekend!

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  2. I am not a fan-fic fan at all. I don't read any of that stuff. But I don't mind a new spin on other stories if the author twists it around a little. Some stories are so universal that it’s almost a given that they will be retold, like The Iliad and the Odyssey. The story is an archetype of the hero’s journey.

    New follow via GFC.

    Julie~ New Adult Addiction

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    1. Hi Julie!
      Thank you so much for stopping by. I returned the favour on your blog. I'm always on the lookout for great Adult blogs, so I'm doubly happy you came by. Great blog!

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    1. Hi Cindy, I'm glad! It's nice having people value your opinions on here. I commented and followed back on your blog =)

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  4. I haven't read a great retelling yet.
    New Follower!
    Here's My FF

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    1. Then you should definitely check out the ones I mentioned in my answer! Thank you for stopping by and following. Following back.

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  5. I totally agree with you. Sometimes I feel as if the authors get together and just decide "This is the prompt we are all starting from" and just write. Ot gets irritating to say the least. Great post, thank you for the comment, and Old follower!!

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  6. Hopping through. Fanfic varies widely. I'm not a fan of the fanfics heavy with erotica or where the original story only inspires the fanfic. I much prefer the hidden moments, strictly canon stories. But unfortunately those are the minority of stories.
    My Hop

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  7. I get burnt out on dystopians, too, more than any other genre. I've read quite a few where the world was just not plausible, as though tossing in a few dystopian elements here and there would magically make a dystopian novel.

    Old follower. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I haven't yet read 50 Shades but I really want to, just to know why there's all the hype! And I agree that Dystopians these days are getting around the same plot...

    The Readdicts Feature & Follow Friday post

    New follower here!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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    1. You should definitely read it then! You might even enjoy it!
      Thank you for passing through =) I've followed back via GFC.

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  9. Hi,

    I'm enjoying the blog hop, which has brought me to your intersting-looking site today.

    Kind regards,
    Adele.

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  10. I love fairy tale retellings! And the Rapunzel one does sound awesome!

    I don't mind books with similar ideas or themes, like many people are saying, it's hard to have a truly original idea. Everyone is inspired by someone and therefore their idea may not be original, but they can make it their own. That's what I love about reading and writing. There are so many possibilities out there.

    An example I have been using is Amanda Carlson and Kelley Armstrong. They both wrote books with the only female werewolf and yet their stories are totally different from one another but the idea is the same.

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Jessica! I'm glad you used Kelley Armstrong in your example. I have SO many of her books to read, and you just reminded me that I have to start. And I completely agree, it IS very hard to hard a 'truly original idea' these days.

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  11. Well said. New follower through GFC as lucyatmax/no pic. I can be found and followed at bethartfromtheheart.blogspot.com .
    Happy Reading!
    Beth

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    1. Hi Beth! Thank you for passing through. I have followed you back via Linky!

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  12. I've never read any fan fic but if it's like 50 Shades I don't think I'll bother! New follower. Here's mine: My FF

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    1. I'm glad we agree! lol
      Thank you so much for stopping by and following.
      I've followed back via GFC.

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  13. I agree with you about the 50 Shades, not interested and not going to happen.
    New follower :)
    Lil Berry @ Forget About TV, Grab a Book

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    1. Yeah lol, that seems to be a lot of peoples thoughts about that book.
      Thank you for stopping by my blog and following =)
      I've followed back.

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  14. I agree about retellings. The authors are honest about it and most of the time they put their own spin on the story, which I like.
    New follower!

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    1. You should definitely check out A Tale Dark & Grimm!
      Thank you for stopping by and following =)

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  15. Great answer! 50 Shades has kind of turned me off from reading fanfiction. New follower :)

    Momo @ Where the Mome Raths Outgrabe

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    1. 50 Shades is what it is, to each their own..just not my type of thing.
      Thank you for stopping by and following!

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  16. It seems as genres get popular, the repeat books start happening more and more. My hope is that it will level off soon!

    I'm a new follower! Here is my FFF

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    1. So very true!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. I agree about 50 Shades.

    New Follower GFC: http://mydailyobsessionreview.blogspot.com/

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      Following back via GFC.

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  18. Retellings are one of my guilty pleasures in books XD

    Great answer! I understand about the dystopian thing too. There are some great ones out there but, like with all trends in fiction, it's starting to get old, finding all those similar elements in nearly every book you pick up.

    Thanks for stopping by my FF! I'm following you back via GFC :D

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