Tuesday, August 01, 2006

“It” the mystery

Category: Short Story
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  • ummmm…this “It the mystery” is lifted from a Douglas Adams novel…one of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books.  Aren’t the entries supposed to be original works?

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  08/07  at  01:35 AM
  • It borrows from Chapter 1l of Life, the Universe, and Everything, available here: http://flag.blackened.net/dinsdale/dna/book3.html,
    but the passage was about flying itself, not faling in love.  What Blake has done is adapted Adams’ explanation to falling in love.  Adams’ tried to show that violating what is expected can help one achieve what appears to be but is not impossible.  I suppose some allusion, however oblique, to the fact that it’s an adaptation of someone else’s work would seem more honest.

    In any case, I try not to enforce rules like the requirement that work not be plagiarized because I rely on open communications and the Litmocratic voting mechanism to handle it.  In other words, if you feel that Blake borrowed too heavily from DNA, then rank the submission down against others.  But don’t discount the fact that such borrowing extends the reach of the great stuff that people like Douglas Adams created.

    Thanks for pointing it out though.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  08/08  at  02:38 AM
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