This is news to me and the first I’m hearing about it. I have read that fic and I honestly don’t see how they’re the same. Yes, they meet when they’re kids and one of them is a mer!person in both fics, but that’s really the only similarity I see. Michi’s fic goes (or is going) in much more darker direction than mine did.
If I’m wrong, please feel free to let me know and I hope to hear from traumachu to see what she thinks.
Hey rude and childish Anon,
I’m going to ask you to do me a few favors, in your best interest. Firstly, grab a dictionary and look up the words “precisely” and “same”. Get back to me. Secondly, I’m going to ask you to pick up the book The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. Read it, you’ll really like it especially if you like hero stories.
I’ll give you a brief summary to whet your appetite. It’s about the monomyth, or the hero cycle. There’s even a nifty chart. It plots out the steps that a typical hero story takes. It begins with the hero, and he is called to action, out of his normal world into a world of adventure, he goes through trials, there is a sacrifice, and he returns home (in very short and simplified terms). You’ll be surprised to know that many of your favorite stories follow this pattern. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Inception, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, every goddamn superhero movie. in fact, we could argue superhero movies are ALL THE SAME! White male child experiences something that empowers them and they task themselves with saving the world. Are these plagiarism?!?!? ARE THEY?!?!? The highest grossing film this year was Guardians of the Galaxy where THIS VERY THING HAPPENED and lemme ask you did you sit through it and say “Ugh, this is Batman all over again”.
No, I can guarantee very much that that did not happen. Do you know why? Everything has been done before. Shocking, I know. Everything you have ever thought of has probably done it before. There are too many people on this planet for anyone to have a unique story. A Hollywood executive could have an idea that a 12 year old kid in Boise, Idaho had but one of them is going to get the credit for it. Yet we love new stories and return to stories that are similar because of perspective. We are reading a new perspective of something old and it feels good to us because it’s familiar but exciting.
I know Ashley, I guarantee you she did not plagiarize this story. Yes, it is a Mer!lock AU, and there is a cave and it is johnlock. But that doesn’t mean they are the same story. AUs often exist in smaller worlds and they tend to carry similarities. It’s why we like them. You may as well accuse her of copying because she mentions the ocean too.