Yet again this week I came across the lament, “Oh I had this great idea… But then it turns out it’s quite similar to [this other thing] that’s already been done. Oh no. This means I can’t write it anymore. Oh boooo hoooo….”
Yes, I’m looking at YOU, Dodgyjammer!!! : P
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I TOLD YOU PEOPLE:
2) Originality is overrated.
And don’t tell me “it’s different for TV/Film/Web series…” – whatever! All start with a PREMISE. And yes, the same premises get recycled OVER AND OVER AGAIN: “the same but different”! It’s not just what the Execs want, but the AUDIENCE TOO. Why try and reinvent the wheel?? Why not make YOUR VERSION the BEST EVER instead!?
Now go and sit on the naughty step.