Best ideas wasted on fanfiction? (12)

1 Name: Moonphase : 2010-05-25 12:32 ID:KTIQwhef

Does anyone ever feel like they wasted a really good idea on a fanfiction, that could have gone on their original stories instead?

2 Name: Yellow 14 : 2010-05-25 12:43 ID:bhMZ3uoW

There's nothing stopping you recycling the ideas for your original pieces. I use fanfiction to help develop my ideas after all.

3 Name: Yellow 14 : 2010-05-25 12:43 ID:bhMZ3uoW

There's nothing stopping you recycling the ideas for your original pieces. I use fanfiction to help develop my ideas after all.

4 Name: Moonphase : 2010-05-25 14:22 ID:KTIQwhef

yep, but what is the line between original work, and plaigarism?

5 Name: Moonphase : 2010-05-25 14:23 ID:KTIQwhef

..in terms of recycling, that is.

6 Name: Gin : 2010-05-25 14:47 ID:Sno8kFj8

Well surely there isn't a problem, if both the original fiction and the fanfiction are your own work? Isn't plagarism copying from somebody else without accrediting them?

7 Name: BlackMage16 : 2010-05-25 15:03 ID:P+ybfQNA

Actually plagiarism can include reusing your own work. The whole subject is a bit iffy if you ask me but I know according to my uni that when submitting an essay you can't hand in a piece you handed in before, even if it is your own work but I think with fanfiction plagiarism shouldn't be too much of an issue.

8 Name: Lupa Dracolis : 2010-05-26 02:45 ID:opaiCiHn

You can't hand in an essay you've done before because a) it's lazy and b) your work won't have improved at all (which is the main point of handing things in for the teacher to mark). Not because it's plagiarism.

9 Name: BlackMage16 : 2010-05-26 03:26 ID:P+ybfQNA

Have you heard of Turnitin. It's an annoying system used in universities to check whether work has been plagiarised. You submit your work to the website and it comes back with a percentage score - high meaning lots of plagiarism etc. Often it comes up with sites and work you've never seen before. It highlights the 'copied' parts. It also comes up with essays and journals etc that have been submitted before. Apparently a girl who went to Oxford, went to another university, King's, handed in a piece of work and the work was highly plagiarised from an essay handed in at Oxford. King's contacted Oxford and it turned out the girl simply handed in the same work. They still considered it plagiarism even though it was her own work as a piece submitted doesn't really belong to you anymore but to the university.

10 Name: Moonphase : 2010-05-26 07:22 ID:KTIQwhef

>>9, yeah, one of my mates got in trouble with that and nearly thrown out of uni.

I'm also thinking about those books (I think they're called Immortal Engines or summat like that.) Anyway, the author got in trouble because (as mentioned on another thread) it was (allegedly) a harry potter fanfic plagarism.

I know themes can be repeated, but sometimes, when I write fanfic Ithink 'damn, this could have worked better in my original peice'...but at the same time I don't want my fanfics to be totally unoriginal and boring. It's just...where's the line? It's made me re-consider writing fanfic at all tbh...

11 Name: ... : 2010-05-26 07:34 ID:Rib4FhjJ

@10- YOU MEAN MORTAL INSTRUMENTS DO NOT CONFUSE THEM WITH MORTAL ENGINES THE MORTAL ENGINES BOOKS ARE AWESOME.

12 Name: Niori : 2010-05-26 22:53 ID:MvQYWOoy

A lot of people take down fanfics if they're turning that plot into an original story.

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