Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Psycho dog... meet psycho cat. :)

All right... I just started reading the next book in the competition. Yay! But, I have a serious bone to pick with the last one. Have you ever read a book and thought to yourself 'Self, where have I read this before?' Well... I can officially say it was my first, and hopefully (I might add) my last!

You all know Janet Evanovich is one of my favourite authors... well... lets just say I love the Plum Series, in all honesty I could do without the rest of them. Anyways, the first book I read for the competition was shockingly the same type of Plum character (different name of course) who had a side kick type (Hero ;) whose name... drumroll please... was Ranger Rick! If you've read the Plum series... you know why I was screaming in my living room when I first read this. The main character is the same ditsy blonde who screws up just about everything she touches and finds dead bodies as if they fell out of the sky.

Every time I forced myself to get over it... I would stumble upon yet another similarity! And I won't lie to you, at one point it just began to piss me off! I don't mean to be rude (okay, maybe just a tinge) but was there an original thought in this persons brain? And didn't she have the, "Wow, this is a great story, I must be brilliant to come up with it - I wonder where I could have come up with such cool idea' moment?

It would have been such a great story if it weren't for those damn similarities that kept throwing me off and getting my panties in a bunch. So, author A from book A... psycho dog is in your honour!

Have a great day everyone!


MG Braden said...

It sounds like out and out plagiarism to me! Go get 'em psycho dog! What do you grade something like that?

Christine said...

Was this a published book?? If not, then maybe they just didn't know about it...trying to be nice.

Amy Ruttan said...

I don't know what to say about that. It could be honest mistake or someone thought the idea was good and wrote her own.

There are no original ideas out their kiddo. Romance writers stem from the ancient methodical plays of Greece and Fable / Fairy Tales, well thats according to Claire Delacroix (last month's meeting).

Bridget Jones is a modern day version of Pride and Prejudice.

On Katie MacAlister's FAQ page someone asked if they could write a story based in her vampire world and would she mind.
Her response was priceless she said

"Um yes ... that is called copyright infringement and it's illegal."

Wylie Kinson said...

Never mind the book... WHERE do you come up with there cute, hilarious pictures for your posts?!?

Vicky said...

It is a published book... in the UK. For a second I though - hey maybe the publisher never read a Janet Evanovich Novel... but who hasn't? And I hate to mention it... but this author was actually a finalist in the american title contest! HOW???

Amy - Yeah, maybe we get ideas from other ideas, but in my opinion you can at least find a different name for the hero for Godsakes!

Wylie - Google. :)

Angela/SciFiChick said...

Hope you have a great weekend!