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Old November 21 2011, 11:40 PM   #226
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Re: the state of sf/f TV development for 2012-13

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^Saying that creativity "should" only be approached in a certain way is advocating censorship, or at least it's the first step in that direction and should be guarded against carefully.
No, advocating creativity is advocating creativity. But feel free to diligently guard against it if you like.

Your problem is that you're defining originality in a very narrow and illegitimate way, as being solely about making up new character names or settings or whatever. That's complete rubbish. Like I said, originality is in what you do with the ideas, not where they come from. There are countless examples of creators taking pre-existing characters and plots and doing wildly original things with them, and there are sadly even more examples of creators inventing new characters and situations and doing painfully unoriginal and cliched things with them.
Yes, a lot of people have done well with somebody else's ideas.
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