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A Post About "Creative Ownership"

ROBIN HOOD, a novelization by David B. Coe Today's post can be found at http://www.sfnovelists.com, the group blog on speculative fiction that I maintain along with a group of over one hundred published authors of science fiction and fantasy.  The post is called "ROBIN HOOD and 'Creative Ownership'".  I hope you enjoy it.

And for those of you who are wondering, ROBIN HOOD, my novelization of the Ridley Scott movie, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, will be released next Tuesday, April 27.  The movie is scheduled for release in theaters on May 14.

And for those of you who'd like to try to win a signed copy of the book, there is a contest underway at my website right now.  So visit the site, answer the very simple question on the contests page, and maybe you'll win!


Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
I actually think that ownership comes from character more than anything else, which is why a) writing someone else's characters is so hard, and b) my way into the book at last was through the people I used as POV voices. So, yeah, I think you can own your stories. That's not to say yours isn't a legitimate question. I also think the "There are only 7 story ideas" thing (or whatever the number is) only works if you zoom out form the story so much that you have a bare-bones, one sentence summary. "Boy meets girl, falls in love, loses girl, gets her back." That sort of thing. On that level, yeah I'm sure that every book or movie or play ever made could fit into one category or another. But as soon as you zoom in a little, and get into a detail or two, that homogeneity is exploded.

And, Hey! I don't self-promote THAT much! Not like some people (I'm lookin' at you Sarah Palin....)

Thanks for the comment, H. You have a great weekend, too.


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