I know im hella late but I think it’s very hard to be innovative yet keep people’s attention I doubt very many could come up with a story that didnt even remotely seem like another or a blend of things, though it is NEVER okay to rip someone’s work off and claim it’s yours.
I know every idea I get is stolen pretty much sometimes purposely sometimes sub-consciously without me even knowing til I review it more thoroughly a month later, or til someone tells me it’s been done before and I decide to keep it anyway, it discourages me very badly I contemplate what can really be considered original when writing whenever I plot out a story and know that whatever I write has already been done in some form, but I remember watching something on youtube or TV and someone said that people build off of other’s legacies but it could be argued that the people who conceived the internet ripped off television, so I dont think it’s always horrible to take someone else’s idea and twist it to your own version…Again, Just aslong as your not just downright copying every single detail(Though I might be a hypocrite since I put Grey Star in CS for practice and so my lil bro could play anytime he wanted without making a mess).
Though, I hate when people hear a person’s idea and go “That’s been overused or done too many times, do something else.” when the story can have a generic run of the mill sounding plot but actually weave itself into something that isnt very predictable, I use to be part of a fanfiction site and everyone I MEAN everyone was lined up kicking the hell out the dead horses that are Bleach & Naruto not to be a douche but the originality on that site was probably non-existent, and I had already wanted to write a Naruto Fanfiction since about 2 years before so I wrote it but the biggest thing about my fanfiction is that I wanted people to think I ripped off Naruto completely, like it started seemingly just like Naruto and the plot flowed almost the exactly the same as naruto barely any changes besides Naruto’s age and then how I ended the first chapter I wrote a scene where people are at a funeral and I pretty much told everyone “Naruto was assassinated.” and informed them there is no more Naruto. Kakashi, & Sasuke got rid of all the overrated characters that were way too overused and easy safeguards for the story and they wont be making another appearance then the second chapter was completely out of nowhere no one could of seen where I was going and people flipped their shit, though I got lots of hate mail and death threats(Sensitive fangirls) alot of them still wanted to know where I was going to go next with the story.
And I also think that’s why people arent so original because it’s alot safer to cling to non-controversial moves and do what their expected to do, and I feel people wanna share a hive mind because it’s harder to be an individual, that’s why there is a such thing as peer pressure. I use to be really insecure and worry alot about what people thought so I would do what I thought was expected of me but I realized whats the point of even being alive if im afraid to do what makes me feel alive, y’know? so I wear wife beaters to weddings all the time and flirt with my second cousin too. do I come off as a huge weirdo, HELLZ YES! but it makes me happy, not saying you should yell out “YOLO!” and go 140 mph down the freeway that’s more suicidal than living life.
-This has been a ranting of a madman