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Uther_Pendragon

Another thread brought this to mind.

Back when I was trying to sell my stories, I submitted "Little Swimmers." They found another version, and questioned my authorship. (Weirdly, neither they nor I found the copy I had on SOL. I removed it much later.)

The other version took more than half my story word-for-word, and then fit it into the "author's" standard story-frame. My story, however, was of a married couple deciding to start a baby; the guy's standard story-frame involved uncle-niece incest.

So the stolen parts fit very poorly. If the guy could write the other half, why couldn't he write the entire thing?

Bondi Beach

@Uther_Pendragon

So the stolen parts fit very poorly. If the guy could write the other half, why couldn't he write the entire thing?


The thief wanted his own ending but made a hash of the job, which explains why he didn't start at the beginning, perhaps.

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Michael Loucks

@Uther_Pendragon

So the stolen parts fit very poorly. If the guy could write the other half, why couldn't he write the entire thing?


Perhaps he has trouble developing characters and chose to borrow some?

Crumbly Writer

@Michael Loucks

Perhaps he has trouble developing characters and chose to borrow some?

The hardest part in any story is creating characters that people can relate to, and establishing motives which drive the characters. If you can't do that, it's much easier to simply steal the entire character creation part, and just jump to the 'what happened after that' phase.

Replies:   richardshagrin
richardshagrin

@Crumbly Writer

steal the entire character creation part, and just jump to the 'what happened after that' phase.

Sounds a lot like "fan fiction".

Uther_Pendragon

@Michael Loucks

He borrowed actions, but he didn't really borrow my characters. My characters were a married couple of -- though unstated -- nearly equal ages. He had a much older man and a young woman -- incest, and not married.

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