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I had just began reading Clive Barker's <b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Abarat</span></b> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/book2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":book:">... <i>if anyone else has read that novel then let me know what you think about it...</i> and I've come to realize that I, <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">as a writer myself</span></span>, have had my idea STOLEN by him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> (figuritively). I came up with an idea EXACTLY like this years ago, and am still on it, was GOING to write it one day, but now I can't because it's alread been written.<br><br>
I feel so disappointed and sad... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"><br><br>
Now I can't write the sotry anymore because one of my favorite authors had it done years ago alreaady!<br><br>
Why does this happen?<br><br>
I want my story to be written- and I want to let the world know MY interpretation of it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/deal2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":deal:"> but now I can't because it's already been written by some dumb favorite author of mine and people would notice that!<br><br><br><br>
*whine*<br><br><br><br>
Curse you Clive Barker <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rifle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":gun:"><br><br>
well, at least I can still enjoy the book
 

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I hate it when that happens! That's too bad that it happened to an idea you were attached to. Maybe you could make a radically different interpretation of it?
 

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That is horrible! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I always say to my bf, who has all these invention types of ideas, that you should get off your butt and do them now - or someone will do them before you!<br><br><br><br>
I say still write it - but maybe modify it a bit and state that your idea has been a work in progress for umpteen years (way before the book was written!)
 

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Write it anyway. No one can copyright an idea. Just make yours <i>your</i> story instead of Barker's. ^.^
 

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ideas are like that.there is a good chance that if you thought of it, a dozen other people have as well.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
you know that sprinkles in the pudding/yogurt thing? Yeah, I was doing that years before they sold it like that.<br><br><br><br>
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I hear there is nothing new under the sun. You may simply have to steal it back. Heck, he probably stole it from someone himself.<br><br><br><br>
I pad myself against this as an artist myself by assuming that if I think I have a great idea, chances are many people have already had the same idea and have already acted upon it. This inspires me to do it better than them, using my own personal twist.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>troub</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><br>
you know that sprinkles in the pudding/yogurt thing? Yeah, I was doing that years before they sold it like that.<br></div>
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I used to think I'd invented having just butter on toast (you know, without any jam or marmite) when I was little.<br><br><br><br>
Recently I took a bunch of components that this company makes and combined them to create something which was much better than any of the products you could actually buy from them. It was so great that I started making it and giving it to people as a gift, then a couple of years later they figured it out for themselves and started selling it. You can imagine how upset I was. It was such a fantabulous idea.
 

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I remember reading a Janette Oke book when I was in high school that bore a shocking resemblence in plot line to a Gene Stratton Porter book. I can't remember titles now, though.
 

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Lots of genres have (according to a particuraly knowledgable friend of mine) a set plot sitation which doesn't change very much. He told me this when I noticed that the movies, The Lord of the Rings (the trilogy) and Willow (anyone remember willow) had extremely similar general plots:<br><br>
There's a world where different species (you might say) of people live. And something of great importance which must be taken to a particular location in order for good to triumph over evil. This thing could be used by the evil side with terrible consequences if it feel into their hands, so they're pursuing it. Meanwhile, it accidentally comes into the possession of the smallest and seemingly least capable of all the species of people. This bearer turns out to be brave and talented beyond any expectation, and on their journey, is helped by more capable individuals who the bearer inspires to greatness as well. Then it all ends happily.<br><br><br><br>
Interesting eh?
 

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And lots of romantic comedys follow this general pattern:<br><br>
Someone sets out to get together with someone else with some hidden agenda, or half truth, or straight out lie. You know, something that they wouldn't want this person to know about.<br><br>
Then, as it turns out, they actually fall in love with this person, which puts them in a tricky situation because they haven't been honest. So eventually the truth comes out, then there's a period of depression, where both parties realise that they want to be together despite the dishonesty and then get back together for a happy ending.<br><br><br><br>
The Wedding Crashers<br><br>
How to Lose a Man in Ten Days<br><br>
Shallow Hal (a slight variation, she doesn't know he doesn't know)<br><br>
Never Been Kissed<br><br>
She's the One<br><br><br><br>
I'm sure there's heaps more that will come to me later when I'm trying to concentrate on something else.
 

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I'm a hobbyist writer and I was telling someone about my series.<br><br>
Along with the obvious ( Jurasic park), they came back with a series that is apparently very much like mine and I've never heard of it.<br><br>
They never mentioned any of the material that I really did take from as inspiration.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Automata</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I hear there is nothing new under the sun. You may simply have to steal it back. Heck, he probably stole it from someone himself.<br><br><br><br>
I pad myself against this as an artist myself by assuming that if I think I have a great idea, chances are many people have already had the same idea and have already acted upon it. This inspires me to do it better than them, using my own personal twist.</div>
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I guess that is what I should do then. Just give the story my "own personal twist".<br><br>
I just fear like years from now people reading it and thinking "This is a take off of Clive Barker's story" and thinking less of mine
 

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Lots of genres have (according to a particuraly knowledgable friend of mine) a set plot sitation which doesn't change very much. He told me this when I noticed that the movies, The Lord of the Rings (the trilogy) and Willow (anyone remember willow) had extremely similar general plots:<br><br>
There's a world where different species (you might say) of people live. And something of great importance which must be taken to a particular location in order for good to triumph over evil. This thing could be used by the evil side with terrible consequences if it feel into their hands, so they're pursuing it. Meanwhile, it accidentally comes into the possession of the smallest and seemingly least capable of all the species of people. This bearer turns out to be brave and talented beyond any expectation, and on their journey, is helped by more capable individuals who the bearer inspires to greatness as well. Then it all ends happily.<br><br><br><br>
Interesting eh?</div>
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I've noticed that all the dragon films have the same plots. If you've seen Eragon, you've noticed it follows the pattern very faithfully, making the movie, well... just bad.
 

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Write it anyway. No one can copyright an idea. Just make yours <i>your</i> story instead of Barker's. ^.^</div>
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Thank you.<br><br><br><br>
And also no-one can steal ideas, ideas should be shared, it doesn't harm you and can help others.<br><br><br><br>
Saying people steal ideas is stupid.
 
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