"They stole my ideas!"

Philippines
October 7, 2010 9:22am CST
Have you ever had the experience of writing a story whose plot has been the same of that of a Hollywood movie? I know writers could have similar ideas floating around their heads. However, as far as I am concerned, I have written stories which I just found out have become films already. Have you ever tried that?
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• United States
7 Oct 10
yes i has happened to me before but i usually happens when i think of make something, that someone else has made it already and i'm stuck, but there was once where i started writing a story and that summer a movie with the same name came out though it had nothing to do woth my story i was still very angry cause i could find a new name.
• Philippines
8 Oct 10
I think that happens to a lot of writers. We write using themes and these themes are used over and over again. If I had a story with the same title as another, I probably would get irritated. It's difficult to whip up a good title.
• United States
8 Oct 10
yes and it took forever to come up with that one
@kodukodu84 (1576)
• Malaysia
7 Oct 10
This incident never really happened to me, and still I know this happens a lot out there. This doesn't just happen to stories that was written but also sometimes songs, poems, jokes, and many more. I think it is just a big coincidence because we never know how many people are actually thinking and having the same idea at the same time at different places. There is no way to control that from happening unless when it really have happened. But of course it is a different story when someone purposely copied your idea that has already been published, that is really wrong to do to other people's effort. I do hope this will never happen to me in the future, because I wouldn't like my idea to be purposely copied, stolen, and be sold.
• Philippines
8 Oct 10
That is so true. Have you written stories or do you write poems? I would really feel bad if I know that my original story was stolen and sold under another person's name and he's the one getting rich. I am not after the money but I would love to be recognized for having the brains to have written such.
@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
7 Oct 10
I once wrote a story for a short film. When my friends watched it they said it was like the 6th sense. I said, "really?" Then months after that I was able to watch the said film. Indeed it was almost the same, with of course a different treatment.
• Philippines
8 Oct 10
How'd you manage to write a story for a short film? There are some movies who have similar plots but aren't exactly the same. There are others though which have the same plots but I think it's just a coincidence.
@bardgirl (364)
• United States
12 Oct 10
The only thing that's happened would be using the word smellologist before it was used on Veronica Mars.
• United States
8 Oct 10
I think the whole idea that "someone stole your idea!" is just silly. There are a lot of creative people in the world, and some of the ideas that you thought were unique and original are actually the storytellers' favorites. Plus, plenty of people come up with their own ideas... why on earth would they steal yours? I've had ideas that I've later seen in movies and books. I just brush it off. Just because they're similar doesn't mean I've been ripped off. I'm small and though my ideas are numerous... so are everyone else's. Ideas, even good ones, are a dime a dozen. They don't mean anything unless you write them down and do something about it.