"I do not own this" is about as watertight as a sieve.
What a rip off is depends. At the crudest level it is a 'change the names' exercise-
"So, we take the magic necklace, travel from the County, across the Foggy Hills, find a way in to the Dark Land, and throw it in the lava pits?"
Other times it isn't obvious, apart from the sense you've been here before. Of course that could be many things do get formulaic - "Those two fighting? They'll be in love by the end of the movie."
Of course rip offs can be a mash up- Harry Potter seems like Enid Blyton
does The Worst Witch
Also 're-imagining', 'updating', 'inspired by'.... yeah, the studio means they couldn't think of anything new. Hamlet
with 7 songs, no deaths *
and a happy ending? - That would be the Lion King
Of course, Parody is a ripoff with jokes, so that is 'allowed' (the similarity being a big part of the joke). I've seen the original 50s film Airplane!
is based on, and they are damn near identical (well not the 'Looks like I picked a bad day..', obviously), even down to who has what for lunch.
Shout outs tend to be little asides, seperate to the main plot, which references something outside the work: Its the crew's way of giving a little wave to their favourites. You wouldn't notice if they were not there. eg the key pad in Moonraker
beeps the 'welcome' sequence from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
. Pratchett is a master, you can skip these little in jokes without realising if you don't spot the reference. I only spotted Thelonious Monk
because my dad is a Jazz fan.
ALWAYS give me 10 minutes to get formatting right after posting
edited 11th Mar '13 11:39:45 AM by LastHussar
Do the job in front of you.