The Most Sincere Form of Flattery

Here's a new question to ponder: A great many of our ff's have similar storylines, names, and incidences, therefore our ff's often mirror each other. Do you think that imitation is the most sincere form or flattery, or does it somewhat irk you when you believe someone is just copying or trying to redo your ff?
3 Responses
  1. Una Meredith Says:

    If I read another story that was significantly like Una of Redmond, I would be irked. Some mirroring in fanfics is to be expected, though, and that doesn't bother me. For instance, it doesn't bother me that both you and I have Walter returning from the war, because our stories are completely different. Of course, we couldn't have copied each other on that part anyway, because you hadn't read Una of Redmond when you started your fic, and I hadn't read yours when I started mine. (I started UofR in 2003, I think and put the first two chapters on, then took it down when I realized it would be a long time before I could update.)

  2. That's pretty much how I feel as well. This was, as most of my questions are, just something that has popped into my head. We can't really help if some things seems the same in our ff's because we are using most of the same characters, and if we want to be faithful to those characters, there will be similarities. It's true, we couldn't have copied each other becuse you started yours long before I did mine, and I didn't discover the LMM ff's until sometime during the first half of last year. The only thing I think I would dislike is outright plagerism.

  3. I agree that there are bound to be similarities due to the nature of fanfiction. Not only are we all writing about the same characters and trying to be true to them, but many of our stories take place during the same period. For example, my fics and many others take place shortly after the end of WWI. We all know from reading RoI what some of the big post-war events in the Glen would be: the boys' homecomings, several weddings, etc.

    I've never noticed any plagiarism in the numerous fanfics that I've read, so I'm inclined to think that it isn't a problem. At least, I hope it's not.