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13 January 2009 @ 12:12 am
Of all the silly things...  
Here's an odd one for you:

For a fantasy story I've recently been circulating to magazines, I made up some terminology for people who have certain abilities.  They were simple, generic terms, but I'd never heard anyone use them in this particular way before, and neither, apparently, had my friends and beta-readers.

Last week I saw a trailer for a film that's coming out soon -- and the film uses both of the pieces of terminology I thought I'd invented, one of them in an identical way, one of them in a slightly different way.

I'm pretty sure nobody stole from me; I think it's just a coincidence. But -- if I don't sell the story before the film comes out, some editors will think that a I was too lazy to make up my own terms and just lifted them from a popular film.  (If it is popular, which might not happen...)

What to do?  Trying to explain the matter in the cover letter is worse than doing nothing at all -- it'll look defensive and ridiculous.  Maybe I should change the terminology in the story?

 
 
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girlspell: Rachel butterfly in flightgirlspell on January 13th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
Wow..very strange, but it happens in Hollywood all the time with writers. Someone things of something for a film. By the time production rolls around someone else thought of it. But these two don't know each other. On the hand, when you're in community that is very creative, things like that do happen. You live and breathe creativity. Something is bound to cross over.

Having said that, there is a lot of stealing of ideas there too. The smallest thing said, could start the ball rolling. Authors steal from each other too.

You might have to change it, I don't really know. You're a fan of sci fi. Maybe you picked that up from somewhere ages ago with out thinking of it.