Well, no. I mean the thing is that ideas are cheap, so using someone else's ideas is not really that big a deal. It depends on the writing. If the writing is good enough that the work is good on its own, then it's "heavily inspired." If the writer just seems to be using things from someone else because they like them, or the ideas were popular at the time, and there's none of that je ne sais quoi to it that makes it good, then it's a "rip off".
I just had an idea for an Alternate History
novel set in Cuba, where Batista managed to still be president due to Bread and Circuses
and skill in politics, which made the Cuban Revolution fail. Also, therapeutic cloning was invented and perfected sometime in the 1980s, and the Cuban government took advantage of people's need for organs to create a medical tourism industry. Batista wants to be president for as long as possible, so he clones himself again and again and harvests the clones' organs when he needs them. The teenage protagonist, Ruben, is about the seventh Batista clone to be made. He grows up in isolation on a plantation near Banes, the president's hometown, working in the owner's stables. He's very unusual in that he can pass for a human. But then one day the national police show up on the plantation and then our hero finds out that he was created to be a presidential organ donor.
It's kind of like The House Of The Scorpion
. So, basically, if I were going to write that any time soon, I'd have to write it really well
edited 31st Mar '13 8:31:49 PM by MorwenEdhelwen