Is originality dead?

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These days I find it difficult to believe that there aren’t any new stories to tell. But you’d think some people would already know that. I periodically scan the bestseller lists to see what’s hot, and what’s not. Needless to say, I’m slightly disappointed.

Whatever happened to originality? When I was growing up it was valued. Now all I see are the same types of books being published. I mean how many vampire books do we need? How many more bodice-rippers.

I blame the traditional publishing world. Just like Hollywood they’re going with “What will sell” and not taking enough chances on new voices with fresh new stories to tell. In the fantasy genre there seems to be a plethora of young orphans learning magic. That’s great, but how about making it a little bit more original.

Hollywood is the worst. Remaking movies from the past that are God-awful. Sure there’s a fresh new flick now and then, but it’s few and far between.

I think it’s pretty lazy to just stick with a safe formula and try to cash in on it. But that’s just my two pennies. There are so many hacks out there making a living doing just that. And it’s hurting all the great new stories just waiting to be discovered.

So if you’re an artist, or a writer with a story to tell, consider what I’ve written, and by all means, be original.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.

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