This post is not accusing nor defending anyone it is just my opinion on how we must be careful what we say and do in public. Normally I would watch quietly from the sidelines, but one of the authors is attending the signing I’m hosting in 2 weeks so I figured I better look into it. Truthfully, I have read neither novelist’s books. So when I should be event planning I am going to have to take time to read two books because I want FACTS and that means reading and researching for myself, not just taking one person’s word for it and joining the bandwagon based on one person’s blog post.
To commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
This a HUGE and very SENSATIVE topic in the Indie world.
I decided to see if I could pull a phrase from my Debut novel and then pull other books and search for the same phrase. I used myself and 4 of my favorite authors. Guess what we all had the same phrase in our book with the same idea behind the use of the phrase. Are we plagiarizing? I don’t think so
I took my Debut novel Destiny’s Detour about a college football player and pulled a random phrase “against the wall” and took a screenshot
Then I pulled a random selection of books from my kindle and searched for the same phrase
Tijan-Fallen Crest Public about high school students
Ethan-Nicole Edwards M/M
Withstanding Me- Crystal Spears a biker MC book
Beck- Harper Sloan an alpha male book
We all have our characters having some type of up against the wall sexual act. In fact 3 of use the almost exact same phrasing, but that does not mean plagiarizing. Sometimes things are similar because, well, there are no New ideas, not really. We also are influenced by those we read. A phrase here or there or a similar scene does not make a plagiarist. Copying a whole story idea does.
I just finished a college CEU course on Writing a Romance Novel. There is a formula to writing a romance novel and there are 4 basic conflicts. It’s just up to a writer to put their own twist or personality on those.
MY POINT HERE: Don’t just assume or join the mob look into it for yourself!