When I hear/see the words "magic school" Harry Potter doesn't come to mind. At all. I've read numerous books that takes place in a school for paranorm...moreWhen I hear/see the words "magic school" Harry Potter doesn't come to mind. At all. I've read numerous books that takes place in a school for paranormal/magical beings that wasn't a rip-off of HP and enjoyed them. Whilst it's not an avant-garde idea, per se, it isn't exactly a rip-off of another work either. In fact, I prefer reading novels that take place in a school/academy with different varieties of magical/paranormal/supernatural beings because it's fun to read.
You can write about magical schools, it's totally fine. HOWEVER, "borrowing" storylines, plots, and characters' personality traits of another work is a huge mistake an author could ever make. Trust me, mother knows best.
Especially if you have a bad reputation preceding you that are well met with evidence of your plagiarism. Readers would not forgive you quite so easily when you never apologised for those said plagiarisms and played a victim of cyber-bullying instead. You forever walk on eggshells when you decide to publish new works; readers will be cautious of another rip-off of an author's work or still plagiarizing the same novels you did with your previous series. And, really, how could you blame readers for feeling that way?
There is also a difference between being inspired by an author and stealing their ideas/works. HUGE DIFFERENCE. And it's absolutely OK to be an author who was inspired by another author. J.K. Rowling was clearly inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, but their works are entirely different. (Almost) all authors were inspired by another. No harm done. As long as they don't plagiarize or copy.
I'm not judging this novel about it being a rip-off of HP because I have yet to read this. I shouldn't because it has an-author-who-must-not-be-named on the cover and that author's works and I didn't get along. BUT, it has Holly Black.
And I'm curious to see if this truly is a rip-off of HP or any other work or if it's something different.(less)
Why has it taken me so long to read this? What entertainment! Hilarious, dramatic entertainment! I'm sorry I'm gushing a little too much, but I was no...moreWhy has it taken me so long to read this? What entertainment! Hilarious, dramatic entertainment! I'm sorry I'm gushing a little too much, but I was not expecting this to be so funny and good. After watching Alceste à Bicyclette (thank you again to a classmate of mine from French for the recommendation), I planned on reading The Misanthrope and Molière's other works. I'm delighted that I did. Every time I thought things were going to calm down with its dramatics, it kept escalating more, and more, and more. Every Scene, every Act, every word that came out of Alceste's mouth (and a few other characters') was amusing. Perhaps I'm not taking this in like others or reading this Play like how it's supposed to be read, but frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
I really want to see this play in action--on Broadway . . . and done well.
I definitely see myself reading this over and over again. Act's III and V are my favourites.
I’ve been meaning to read Christopher Pike’s work(s) for some time; whenever I went to the library I would see his novels sitting on the shelf. For so...more
I’ve been meaning to read Christopher Pike’s work(s) for some time; whenever I went to the library I would see his novels sitting on the shelf. For some reason, I’ve never gotten around to checking them out. On Monday I finally forced myself to with this since I have been craving to read something with vampires. . . . I wish I could have avoided this book for a little while longer. I wish I never would have forced myself to do so—as I was clearly being held back from renting this out for a reason. If only I had kept making my way through the YA novels waiting to be read and checked out something else instead of reading this.
The first thirty pages were absolutely awesome. I was enjoying the protagonist, Alisa Perne: she was witty, comfortable with her sexuality, and all around kick-ass. The opening of Thirst was very promising. My expectations soared and I was quite sure this would be in my ‘favourites’ shelf. As the story went on, I found my excitement gradually descending, felt the smile one my face slowly turning downwards and realised I started skimming the story around page four hundred or so. I flipped to the end and decided I was missing nothing special. Pike’s writing isn’t terrible, but his stories are. I honestly have no idea what the hell I just read because it was that silly.
I was neither pleased nor interested in the God/Krishna elements pervading the story—it wasn’t done well which rendered the novel even more ridiculous. I certainly wasn’t pleased with the constant flashbacks, as well. They were too long and too descriptive. I was expecting a new and original fun ride with this vamp protagonist and her story; unfortunately, all I received was a candy-wrapped, moral-of-the-story-is, Aesop’s Fables-ish ‘religious’ read. I wonder whether or not Pike trolled with this novel.
If you like your paranormal novels with modern day vampires in expensive name brand clothing, a foreign twist with religious beliefs and a ridiculous plethora of insta-love, by all means have a go at Thirst. (less)