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Can a book be "original" if it's inspired by another book?

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message 1: by Chris (last edited Jun 01, 2013 07:02PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Chris Cole (chriscole) | 2 comments Mod
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald My book started as a re-telling of The Great Gatsby. But once I finished it, I realized I wrote a much more personal and original work than if I didn't have any "inspiration" at all.

Chris Cole (chriscole) | 2 comments Mod
If you're at all interested (and I don't blame you if you're not) I have a essay on this posted here:

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Crystal Reiss | 1 comments Yes, I agree with you, Chris. A book inspired by another book certainly can be original. I also was inspired by an old great. In my case, the novel Jane Eyre turned into a novel "Jane Is Everywhere." The two books couldn't be more different, though there are overlapping themes. Interesting, isn't it?

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