It’s been done before. Those four words haunt us. They linger always, a constant and persistent source of daily, debilitating doubt.
Do you think Disney ever hesitated to come out with a new princess movie? There’s already so many of them…maybe we should just not. Could you imagine what it would be like if Disney had stopped making princess movies early on?
Or what if Marvel or DC had just quit making new superheroes and supervillains? Well, Spider-Man’s doing pretty well. And Batman and Superman are great. The stories are all the same anyways…let’s just stick to these guys forever. So many incredible heroes and villains could have never come to be if Marvel/DC had thought like that.
I would hate to experience a reality where either, or worse, both of these scenarios occurred.
But sometimes, we can think like that. I don’t think I’m going to write this one. I mean, I really like it, like a lot, but it’ll just look like another (fill-in-the-blank).
Stop thinking like that! Right now. Just stop. Similarity is NOT a bad thing. Don’t go out and plagiarize, of course, or play copy-cat. But do not let a little similarity stop you.
Think about it. How many times, when recommending a book to a friend, have you compared it to another book? Quite often, I imagine. Sure, sometimes you’re warning them against a book- It was like a super crappy version of X. But whether or not your book gets a comparison or a warning is up to you. Not the similarity, but the storytelling.
If people really hated similarity all that much, genres and author brands wouldn’t have much success would they? Instead, we have favorite genres and favorite authors. Yes, they come with expectations. Instead of worrying about those expectations, exceed them.
Remember- Fear is irrational. Don’t let it’s logic get into your head.