March 9th, 2010

fantasy

The History of Wizarding

Here's an interesting look at the latest plagarism suit against J.K. Rowling, the creator of Harry Potter: J.K. Rowling faces another plagiarism suit / The Christian Science Monitor - CSMonitor.com

Of course, as is pointed out in the blog and the comments, stories about wizards have been around for a long time.  How long, I wonder?  I grew up with stories of magic and wizards.  Hmm, wasn't The Sorcerer's Apprentice about a wizard?  And you cannot copyright ideas.  And one of the comments says that the Willy the Wizard book is only 36 pages long...

Another comment mentions the prevalence of works about magic and other popular themes; that writer came across a number of stories similar to ideas he had.  That happened to me when I was submitting my mermaid story, Well Met By Water.  Mermaids seemed to be everywhere.  Now it's vampires.  Thank heavens I never got an idea for a vampire story!  Another comment points out that Rowling used the English boarding school background she was familiar with. 


And then there are the people who use comments as an opportunity to rant about rich people, etc.  She earned that money!