Hello there bookish friends!, I have a little controversial topic for you guys today.. it has to do with originality in our stories.. Does it exists, or is it just wishful thinking on our part? Let’s play a game for the sake of this post… Name me a book about a princess assassin, or about a rebellion to free a kingdom, or maybe about a space crew searching for an important artifact… I’m almost certain that you came up with not one nor two but maybe half a dozen books that fit along those criteria… Am I right??
It seems that nowadays one story blends into another so frequently that at times it’s hard to even tell them apart.. It has certainly happened to me.. I would get confused about which series I was actually reading..
Don’t get me wrong this isn’t exactly a complain because, to be honest, a lot of the time I look for that same similarities to find books that might appeal to me..Whether it’s about a rebellion, magic school’s shenanigans or this and that… Even if the plot is most likely used a thousand times over.. the characters are unique in their own way or the writing style is a work of art that manages to set the book apart..
But in spite of not being truly bothered by the same trends and tropes and that lack of originality.. I do wonder if we can really find something truly unique?.. I’m sure it’s possible, and yet it seems like a daunting task because everything is in high or low scale inspired by something else… Magic systems will often remind us of Harry potter or the Lord of the Rings.. Space Odyssey will reference Star Wars without a doubt, and more recently any rebellion or fight for a kingdom will bring us to Game Of Thrones..
So, you see, this inspirations will bring about this sense of sameness in what we read .. just as if everything is a copy of a copy… Plus we must take into account what is popular at the time because let’s not forget that we are talking about a business and Authors have to eat just like everyone else and for that they need to sell their books and popular trends help with that.. whether we like it or not..
I guess in a way having lots of similar plots isn’t a terrible catastrophe because it helps readers like me to find things that go along the same lines of our favorite books and I do understand that we might have a few bumps on that road with books that are not just similar to another but are basically just crap… But as for this it can easily happen with a “truly original Plot” it can also be Crap to many of us… I have been there also, thinking that I had struck gold with a never read before story and ended up wanting my money back…
So originality is one thing but Quality is another and in my case I prefer the latter even if I have read the story a thousand times before.. if it’s good I don’t mind..
What do you think about this topic?? Do you look for the Original plot unicorn?? Let me know all about it in the comments below..