If you don’t already know, I work part time in a library, and a rather big one. Well, bigger than I’m used to, but having a floor for youth and two for adults I feel constitutes big. Anyway, I work on the youth floor and was shelving some YA books and I have a tendency to read the back covers and occasionally a random chapter…or two. Well, one of these books, Renegade by J. A. Souders, made my heart stop beating.
It was my story.
Well, not exactly mine, but the concept was the same. Evil Ruler controlling a paradise with mind control. Main Character a offspring of said Evil Ruler. Some one from outside world comes along and opens MC’s eyes. Try to escape/stop Evil Ruler. The End.
So naturally I checked the book out, read it, and decided that it was different enough from my idea that I could continue working on my story. Luckily, I am still outlining at this point. However, the more I think about it, the more I realize that they are just they same story and I am very saddened.
Goes to show you there is no such thing as an original idea.
However, having done massive amounts of world building already, I decided to actually use it all instead of a fraction of it, which didn’t eliminate the similarities completely, but masked them by making it a part of a much bigger story.
And I mean bigger.
Example: Say my original idea was like a bookshelf filled with lots of amazing books. Well, I came across another bookshelf that had many of the same books, I decided to be different by upgrading to a three story library. Boom. Take that!
It’s a little overwhelming to say the least. Fun, but overwhelming. So much so nothing is making sense anymore, in the story at least. Real life never made sense so no hope there. Also, every idea I have for this story feels like its coming from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy, or Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International. (Darn you guys for coming up with awesome stories! Both are amazing books and you should definitely read them.)
There’s no such thing as an original idea, but there are always original ways to look at them.
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