Everything you say here can be said of authors. It sounds just like the "write to market" advice, which in the end comes down to writing the same books everyone else is writing (as long as those books are selling). And series. Write several books in a series, even though there's barely enough story for one book. Because that is what all readers want. More of that same world they loved.Cephus said:All of which is... opinion. It's all subjective. But Hollywood makes money by catering to the lowest common denominator. It's how they make money. They give the greatest number of people what they want in exchange for a buck. It's why all Hollywood does today is remakes and sequels. There is no originality. It worked once so it will work again. There's a difference between popularity and quality. It's because most people going to the movies aren't looking for quality. They're looking for popcorn entertainment. They're looking for something to do for an hour or two a night. It's why the vast majority of TV shows are filler. They have 20 episodes to fill and only about 6 episodes worth of plot. This is not good writing. Any author who tried that would rightfully get their books ignored.
They don't have to steal from authors, they steal from each other. Every movie that makes any money immediately has a ton of copies made. Every TV show that looks like it might be successful produces a glut of near-identical versions. They don't need authors. They have each other.
This.Amanda M. Lee said:Because she wants money and attention. That's almost always the point of stuff like this.
I agree with Patty. There's little to be gained by worrying over someone stealing ideas. Actual work, yes. You need to be vigilant and take action against actual plagiarism and copyright theft, but ideas are so common it's like we're all tapping the same well. Which some theories indicate actually happens. We've been telling the same stories for millennia. The details change, but down at the root they all have the same plots, over and over.