One difficulty as a writer you may find yourself encountering is when you see someone come out with an idea similar to yours and your gut reaction is, “Hey, I saw that first!!”
As a writer, I find myself in a constant struggle to come up with innovative ideas since there is, as the saying goes, nothing new under the sun.
Usually this means going back to square 1. So what is it that’s bothering me lately? Well, I guess it wouldn’t hurt to vent properly and tell you about it.
My latest story, B—–, is something I’ve been working on since 2008. The capital city, C—-, was inspired by a French spot called Mont St. Michel, a cool island-mountain with a monastery on top. There were going to be other factors too (of course) but I loved the idea of an island city.
I wanted to make this place extra-special. Doing research into world cultures, I discovered the Thai tradition of air lanterns. I thought, “how cool!”. I even thought about using them (later) for my wedding coming up later this summer but it’s illegal in our area. So, if I can’t have them in real life, why not repurpose them for my story?
Then along came Tangled.
I’ve hesitated seeing Tangled because I’ve heard that they have a scene with lanterns. Today, I did a cursory Google search for “tangled lanterns” to get an idea of what exactly they did for the film, and stumbled onto this blog:
Disney, I see Wut You Did There
It’s a relatively succinct post but it says everything I needed to know.
Back to square 1.