Veddy, veddy interesting...a post from Nathan Bransford on supernatural overload.
I have lots of love for everyone out there who's writing fantasy and paranormal. Kudos, because world-building looks incredibly hard and I don't know that I'd ever have the...what's that word for when you have a hard time getting totally outside the box?...to do it.
I never read fantasy or paranormal anything growing up. Even now, (please don't hate me) it's not my preferred genre of fiction and I certainly don't want to write it. But ever since joining the bloggy community, it seems like most of the coolest and nicest author and hopeful-author bloggers out there do fantasy/paranormal and I've been wondering if there is some giant bandwagon I've completely missed.
But what I took away from Nathan's article, mainly, is that old maxim that everything's been done before and the trick is to take the freshest spin possible on an old story you love. Which, y'know, makes me feel better for ganking plotpoints from Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Northanger Abbey and Absalom, Absalom! and others.
It's perfect that today's Writer's Almanac had this quote from playwright George Abbott: "I was not a successful playwright until I took parasitical advantage of other people's ideas."
He wrote Damn Yankees, was nicknamed "Mr. Broadway" and died a few weeks short of his 108th brithday. The guy totally knew what he was talking about.