The Daily Show and me: little fish

The Daily Show and me: little fish

I realized a long time ago that if you have a creative idea, somebody else will probably have it, too. After all, if your audience consists of people, you are going to have a certain commonality of approach. ๐Ÿ™‚

My advice is that if your idea is clever, write it now. Don’t sit on it: somebody else is going to get it out to public before you.

That doesn’t mean that two explorations of the same concept can’t both succeed. It happens all the time. Any time there is something successful in entertainment, there will be precedents found for it…and sometimes, lawsuits.

I think that most of the time, it isn’t deliberate plagiarism…it’s more like parallel evolution. Oh, sometimes somebody steals something, sure, but if a story was first published in a high school literary magazine that had a couple of plot points in common with the number one bestseller, it doesn’t mean the brand name author had to have read it and ripped it off.

I feel good when somebody I respect does the same idea I did after I did it. That happened with Steven Moffat’s modernized Sherlock Holmes series. I still haven’t seen it, but regular readers here know I did a modernized Holmes as well…and I’m sure other people did, too. Mine wasย Doctor Watson’s Blog: A Kindle Abandoned. My first chapter appeared on November 3, 2009. ย I believe Moffat’s version first was broadcast in 2010. I think Steven Moffat is one of the great screenwriters out there right now: I especially enjoyed his modern take on Jekyll.

In last night’s episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart did a bit with John Hodgman, a contributor and “resident expert” about the closing of Borders. I was a bit surprised they were doing that, because it isn’t new news. Then, as it kept going, they were talking about preserving a bookstore, like “Colonial Williamsburg”. That’s very much the idea of my story,ย A Trip to the Bookstore. Colonial Williamsburg was an inspiration, in fact. ๐Ÿ™‚

My story was well-received, I’d say, and is the only one of my works with an authorized translation (into Portuguese).

Do I think John Hodgman read it? Probably not. I assume it was independent creation. I like John Hodgman (and I watch The Daily Show every day). It confirms for me that it was a good idea. We executed it pretty differently…naturally, being The Daily Show, they brought porn into it, for example. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I do hope Hodgman and Stewart hear about this, though, and read it and enjoy it…that would be cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

You may be wondering about the “little fish” part of the title of this post. You know how people say, “Great minds think alike”? In my family, we’d respond to that with, “And little fish swim in the same streams.” ๐Ÿ™‚ That would be when one of us was the “fish”…it’s a self-deprecating way to say that just because two people have the same idea doesn’t mean it is a good one.

In this case, though, I do think it’s a good idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in theย I Love My Kindle blog.

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