Nov 9, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday {5}

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. This week's featured blogs are Ramblings of a Coffee-Addicted Writer and Paranormal Romance.

This week's question is: 
Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?
My answer:
It's stupid to think the plot bunny well is bottomless, so I generally don't mind. For example: Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush, and Lauren Kate's Fallen. They're both about fallen angels, and even the settings are quite similar (foggy, dark, creepy places), but I loved them both because the writers had different takes on the angels - like, in Hush, Hush, the fallen angels didn't have wings, but in Fallen, they did. And that's just the first of many differences. It's actually quite entertaining to read books with similar ideas because I get to imagine more about it.

Now as for published fanfic... I only know of one, and of course it's E.L. James' Fifty Shades trilogy, which I haven't read yet. I'd planned to get it but then I read about how the editing was hideous, and add that to its erotica genre and they've lost a potential reader. So my rules for fanfics are the same as with other books: give me a good plot (even if it's unoriginal) and good writing, and I'll surely pick it up.

If you follow, comment and I'll follow back! Have a good Friday, everyone!


  1. Great answer! Definitely agree with the first. Hush Hush is one of my all time favorites.

    New Follower :)

    My response @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  2. My thinking is similar to yours. New follower.
    Here's my FF

  3. Hopping through. Occasionally you can get good fanfic. I love that kind. Even though I think 50 Shades is probably terrible, I'm so curious that I want to read it.
    My Hop

  4. I agree with you on 50 Shades, it just sounded trashy to me so I didn't even bother with it. I love your blog! I'm your newest follower, I found you through Parajunkee's FF.

    -Kate the Book Buff
    Recent Post: Feature and Follow: Whaddya Think of Bookish Copycats and Fanfic?

  5. Despite it's trashy writing and annoying heroine I found Fifty shades strangely addictive.

    Following you back.
    Enter my INT Giveaway for a signed copy.

  6. I think with FanFiction.. there's LOTS of great fanfiction out there. There are so many amazing fandoms, especially when it comes to tv shows, and they write those great stories that are set in Alternate Universes and such, or Crossover-Fics (Superwholock in the Hunger Games Universe. I almost puked out of excitement when I read about that idea.) BUT I don't feel like publishing those stories is a great idea. I mean, they are for the fandom, and should be for free.. At least, that's how I feel.

    And the Fifty Shades of Grey series is horrible. There is porn on tumblr, written by 14 year olds. And it's better edited, written and has more likeable characters than E.L.James story will ever have. (Not that I mind if people enjoy the books, it's just that I feel they should maybe check out other stories, because they are way better.)

    Patricia // My Hop

  7. It depends on the story the author puts out. But if it's really c-o-p-i-e-d, then that sucked. But with the fandoms, like, when a certain genre or paranormal creature was popularized then suddenly there'll be LOTS of books about that...I think I need a break. One example is vamps.
    Here's my FF.
    Have a great day!
    *New GFC follower. :)

  8. I agree! I don't mind as long as there seems to be some original thought put into the story.

    old follower GFC;

  9. Great answer! I'm now following you via GFC so feel free to visit whenever you get a chance...

    The Scarf Princess

  10. Follower via GFC.

    Here is my F&F.

    Holly @ Words Fueled by Love


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