December 8, 2012

Let's Talk: The Dreaded Book Knockoff


It happens all the time. A book hits it big and grabs millions or readers, in the wake of the fame tons of fanfics, and knockoffs are born. I have fallen prey to these books time and time again. Often I love a series and I don't want it to end, or I want to relive it but only in a different way so I buy into these knockoffs.  I am not alone, that is why they sell at least that is what I am telling myself. 

Shortly after Twilight hit it big a HUGE wake of vampire romance novels started springing to light. You couldn't walk down the romance isle without seeing vampires, and werewolves it was perfect...Until it got old. I am not going to lie to you I LOVED twilight. It was such an addicting read, and it sprouted me on a journey to locate books that captured me the way Twilight did. Along the way I found some pretty awesome vampire romance novels and then, I just got burned out. 


Not too long ago we had the biggest erotic romance to hit the shelves, Fifty Shades of Grey. It was an epic story just as addicting as Twilight and just as stupid. Don't judge I know why people don't like either of these novels I just happen to enjoy them regardless of all their flaws. The aftermath of Fifty is a wake of Fifty Shades imposters. Erotic romance is at a high I have never experience with controlling male characters everywhere.  Booksamillion now has an entire section donated to erotic romance.


Just like Twilight some of the Fifty knockoffs were great, heck some blew the original out of the water. That is why I am slightly on the fence about knockoffs. Part of me wishes for an original storyline the other part of me kind of enjoys some of the knockoffs. Although as a reader it can get frustrating when a story is a direct rip-off.


So I really want to hear from other readers about this. How do you feel about the book knockoffs and fanfics that hit it big? Are you pro or against? Have any good ones stuck out to you or bad ones?


Sincerely,
Undecided 

13 comments:

  1. I just don't like it when other authors piggy back on what's currently popular. Using mktg plots like "if you liked fifty-shades of grey then...".

    Fifty was groundbreaking but honestly it isn't all that. But some erotica books are way better than fifty and to be fair, James repopularized the genre bringing back interest to existing erotica writers like Lanai's Nin, MJRose, Anne Rice's older works etc.

    Just write your own story, bachelor billionaires aren't that common unless you're in the Middle East surrounded by shiekhs and such.

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    1. I think you are exactly right she repopularized it for sure. Oh and it really drives me bonkers the piggy backing. "If you like Hunger Games plus Twilight you are going to love this book". I will not buy it, because it makes me so darn mad.

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  2. I have read a few "knock offs" - I would say some are pretty good others fall short. I read Fifty Shades and thought I was appalled by the writing style I admit it was entertaining to an extend.

    Other authors followed suit and came out with other versions of Fifty Shade but with their own style and twist. One for example is Lisa Renee Jones with her If I were You erotica book. Very good, but I couldn't help to compare them. Another example is The Blackstone affair by Raine Miller worth to check them out. And of course, Sylvia Day with her Bared To You which I haven't read yet lol.

    Great post Danielle

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    1. I did try to read Sylvia Day but I couldn't get through it. It had actual direct quotes from Fifty Shades of Grey. I think if I had read it way later after Fifty Shades I would have liked it but back to back was a bad idea.

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  3. um, im on the fence about this. I mean every story is pretty much a knock off of something else and characters are archetypes in most ways. I think it really comes down to the author and how much character development the stories have, how flooded the genre gets, and how similar they all turn out to be from one another. I guess this doesn't bother me as much seeing as i bounce from genre to genre. So i might read a fantasy book, romance book, slice of life book, action book, adventure books. so i dont have to worry about picking up 10 books that are carbon copies of each other because something like fifty shades came out lol

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  4. I have read some amazing "knock-offs"! I figure that the originals lit a spark in many writers and I got to benefit from it over and over again.

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    1. I like that way you think about it. It inspired them. I think sometimes I get caught up in "they wanted to make money of this authors work". But really they could be inspired by the work.

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  5. I'm on the fence too. Like you, I immensely enjoyed Twilight and some of the knockoffs, but some are just too...bad. I think people thought that if they were the fad, people would ignore the 'badness' of the book. Some did, but most didn't. Same with Fifty, some 'knockoffs' are great--better even (heard of The Siren by Tiffany Reisz?), but some were pretty bad.
    So I am on the fence as well. Though I'm leaning more towards the "like them" side of it :)

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    1. YES! Exactly! I like them...some of them. But man I've read some bad ones. Some that make me never want to pick up another close call but.. I fall prey to a book I love. :)

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  6. What I can't believe is how Twilight and Fifty Shades are being held as these wonderful originals when they are knockoffs themselves of fantastic authors who just didn't get the mainstream limelight and attention that these 2 did. I was reading Katie MacAlister, Susan Sizemore and MaryJanice Davidson's vampire series, long before Twilight came out. As for Fifty Shades of Grey? Ellora's Cave has been putting out way steamy and better written erotica since 2000. Just look at Lora Leigh, Maya Banks or Madeline Oh's work. Oh, I am not saying that these other authors wrote completely original work either, after all they fully acknowledge standing on the shoulders of authors who came before. It just ticks me off that these 2 series, and badly written series at that, are held as some shining example of great literature. What they are, are shining examples of great marketing. That is all. So get off the fence and explore some of the authors that came before these "marketing marvels". Trust me, when you are done, you will wonder what exactly you saw in these "originals" to begin with.

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    1. Well I did grow up reading Anne Rice so I have been reading about Vamps, witches, and erotic romance before these novels hit it big. I was in love with Beauty and I was glad to see the re-release of this series once erotic romance hit it big. I also grew up reading Bram Stoker's Dracula and I loved it!

      Any other classic author or older author before Anne Rice was more of a kiddy novel because I Was so young. It would be more like R.L. Stine and The Babysitters club. I think I was a little young to be reading Anne Rice but my Mom wasn't really aware of what these books where fully about. I did read a lot of the classic romances to when I could sneak them away.

      I am always into reading new authors so I will check them out. BUT I can't shake that I do enjoy some of these less structured less well written novels. I am not sure why. I just REALLY get into them. So here I sit on the fence and I will definitely check out the authors listed above and see if they help me find my way to one side or the other.

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  7. Not a huge fan of spin-offs, but we see it all the time, then we are flooded with books on angels, mermaids, vampires etc.

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