Last night I had a debate with Mr. B over a very well known and extremely successful author. Mr. B felt that his success was undeserved as almost all his ideas are lifted from other people; I contended that most stories are plagiarized from somewhere, and it’s the skill of telling them in a new and interesting way which counts.
Christopher Booker says that there are only seven basic stories in existence, and it’s only the details that change. But what if that’s not true? What if there are writers out there who are coming up with genuinely new ideas, but just aren’t as skilled at presenting them. Does that make them more valid than well-written non-unique stories, or less? Which is more important – the idea or the presentation?