Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Road Trip Wednesday- Oops, I Did It Again
This week's YA Highway Road Trip Topic:
What SNI were you psyched to work on, but discovered it was too close to something already done?
I remember working on my first novel. I'd done some word play off the phrase for a hot guy as a "tall drink of water." ...but after all my parched years I now had two tall drinks of water on my hands. Whatever else happened, I didn’t plan to end up thirsty.
I...in my writerly naivete...thought it was so clever and unique. The next night, I'm watching Desperate Housewives and there is almost the exact play on words...bummer.
I complained to my crit partner at the time. She told me that in the writing/creative world similar ideas do tend to pop up independently but at around the same time.
Think of these two movies:
Almost carbon copies of each other, and they came out within a few months of each other. I know more stealing of ideas happens in the screenwriting industry, but these were shot at the same time by different studios...I'd love to know how that came about.
Okay, so sometimes it's just that our SNI is only new in our own brains, but still, if there's room in the entertainment world for two teen angst movies about a president's daughter then there might be room for a tweaked version of your SNI (that's not so new) too.
What about you? Ever had this happen?