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Question: Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?
Answer: This is a split answer. I do in fact mind books with similar stories when it seems like I'm reading the same book again, but with slight differences. I hate feeling like a book is a carbon copy with different character names. I enjoy when authors within the same genre can stretch their minds and keep coming up with new and exciting things to write about.
With that said, I don't mind books with similar general themes. For example in Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance the base of the stories seem to have a similar formula and that's okay with me.
I don't mind retellings because sometimes it can be fun to read a different take on a traditional story. For example, the new books that have a different spin on classic fairy tales, like Cinderella, Snow White, etc.
I also like fan-fiction. Have you ever read a book or watched a TV show and when it was over you wanted more? Well, hello fan-fiction. I've read a little bit here and there and I think it's fun to read.
What's your take on this subject?
Copycats = Bad
Example: 50 Shades of Grey and the one too many similar story lines & parodies...
Similar General Themes = Good
Example: J.R. Ward's series & Lara Adrian's series. Similar themes, but the stories and characters are very different.
Retellings = Good
Example: Traditional Cinderella and the new futuristic retelling-ish Cinder.