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Question: Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?Oh goodness this cannot possibly be a yes or no question because that's more than one question. So I'm going to have to answer them all seperately.
Depends on how similar. There are broad concepts that I will always love. Girl dressed as boy to make her way in the world (in fact there's going to be some of that in my NanoWriMo story this year) is a concept that I will read almost every time. It's just something I absolutely love. However "girl meets supernatural creature she's destined to be with" is concept that I hate, thus those are out. So really it depends on the concept.
Most books pull from the same mythologies, especially if you read a lot of fantasy. I actually enjoy seeing the greek/roman/norse legends in different variations There are certain characters from faerie that I've encountered in numerous series and I always find the different interpretations interesting.
Oh goodness I love re-tellings. Seriously I want to read ALL THE FAIRYTALE RETELLINGS. (Publishers that's a subtle subliminal message there). Once Upon A Time is my favorite TV show because it gives new life to so many great stories. We get everything from sassy Belle to kick-ass Snow White. Fairytales are wonderful because of their simplicity. Because they are simple you can expand upon them and always find ways to make it your own. (If you're wondering why these are different from my next answer, fairytales are in the public domain).
Hell no. As a former fanfiction writer it baffles my brain that anyone thinks this is okay. The ethics and the disrespect to intellectual property is one thing but what bothers me most is the disservice it does to the whole fanfiction community. Fanfiction is a wonderful playground for budding writers. It gives you a world to work in and characters with certain behaviors that you can explore. Basically it gives you shortcuts to flex your writing muscles. Fanfiction is much easier than original fiction, especially when it's fantasy and there's no real world building involve. I'm going to stop rambling because I have a whole unpublished (okay only half-written) blog post on this topic that eventually I'll get around to posting. But in my book this is not okay.