I Love Copy Cats

by Ashlynmathews on November 9, 2012

This week I’m participating in Paranormal Romance’s Copy Cat, Feature and Follow post. Basically, bloggers hop onto one another’s site to increase traffic and follow one another. This is one of my attempts to think outside the box and gain more exposure as a debut author. I love meeting new people, and this seems like a fun way to do it, virtually.

Here’s the excerpt from Paranormal Romance’s site on this awesome idea. “Increase Blog Followers, gain Book Blog Followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers — but you have to know — the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools — keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them “hi” in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!”

This Weeks Question:  Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?

I don’t mind books with similar ideas to other books at all. What pulls me in is the author’s voice, retelling and the characters. I love strong heroines and to-die-for, swoon-worthy heroes. Give me these types of characters any day, and I’ll read the same trope over and over again. Of course, a happily-ever-after helps, and I’ll keep going back to that author’s books if she or he meets my expectations. With so many books out there, there are sure to be many similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings, fanfic, etc. We shouldn’t let that stop us from enjoying a great book or a new author.

What about you? Do you search for stories with new concepts? Or do you like some familiarity in your books?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Cassi Haggard November 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

It depends on how similar. Some books are just too close for me. Also I don’t do fanfiction that is published as traditional fiction. Nope.

My follow friday! Please visit!

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Beth Cutwright November 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

new follower through email. I can be found and followed at bethartfromtheheart.blogspot.com .
Happy Reading!

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Susan November 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I love your answer! I also will read the same “trope” every day, especially if it’s well written and fresh. <3

My F&F: http://thesisterstale.blogspot.com/2012/11/feature-and-follow-friday-9.html

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Patricia November 10, 2012 at 4:19 am

Just hopping through. 🙂 I agree, there are certain tropes and elements that I don’t mind being repeated over and over again, especially if the story itself IS different from others. Blatantly copying plotlines is a no-no for me, but apart from that, I’m all for enjoying stories, even if it’s Vampire falls in love with mortal #4825. If you like it, there you go. 🙂

Patricia // My Hop

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Joder November 11, 2012 at 9:44 am

Great answer! I’m now following you via FB so feel free to visit whenever you get a chance…

The Scarf Princess

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