Well, I'm about ready to take a sledgehammer to George R. R. Martin. First, let me say up front that I began writing my trilogy three, maybe four years ago. I hadn't even read a book by George R. R. Martin yet (which is a whole other post about reading everything in your genre. Shut up. Whatever. I can't read it all!). Since that time I have read two of the books in the series, A Song of Ice and Fire. I wouldn't say our novels tell similar stories. They don't. But certain elements in my novels also seem to be present in his novels. Enough so that I'm beginning to get a complex about being unoriginal.
You may imagine me reading his novels and having a Hilly Holbrook reaction when coming across these particular elements. That would be accurate.
It happened again just the other day when I got an idea for something -- a fun name I wanted to use for a group of squatters who cause some trouble. As is my way, I Googled it to see how it had been used before. And, yep, there he was, that Santa-faced writer of fantasy, GRRM, with his Game of Thrones novel and the term I wanted to use. Nevermind that this specific term was probably embedded deep in my subconscious from having read the novel earlier. My point is it was perfect for my story and he'd already taken it. People, this is not the first time this has happened to me. Standard-bearer or not he's taken far more than his fair share in fantasy, and I've had enough. Next time I get an original idea I want it to be my original idea, George. Not your hand-me-down, already published, look-how-famous-I-am idea. Now I have to give the term a mustache and fake glasses disguise so I can still get away with using it in my story. Geesh.*
Ever been burned like that before on what you thought was an original idea? Which author stole all your ideas before you wrote them?
In other news, I wanted to give a shout out to Tyrean Martinson whose novel, Champion in the Darkness, has officially been released!
Champion in the Darkness is a YA Christian Fantasy, and is the first book in the Champion Trilogy.
Tyrean Martinson lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest, encouraged by her loving husband and daughters, and reminded to exercise by her dogs and cat. She has been published in e-zines like Every Day Poets, Every Day Fiction, and Mindflights, and a few print anthologies like The Best of Every Day Poets and Sunday Snaps: The Stories.
Champion in the Darkness is available at these locations:
*this post brought to you by Monday morning.
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