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Igor Stravinsky once said: “Minor artists borrow; great artists steal.” Although at first glance this might seem like confirmation of plagiarism, the clever phrase hides a deeper meaning: there is something of a kleptomaniac streak in the greatest works of literature. Shakespeare’s work is based on legends from different corners of Europe; Hulu is imminent A dish of thorns and roses Series is partially inspired by the story of Hades and Persephone; and that without touching on the whole of Roman mythology.


It was praised at the Cannes Film Festival this year Lovelyan anime film based on Beauty and the Beast. Recently arrived in syndication is Season 2 of Crafted in the Abysswhich is largely based on it Dantes inferno. From anime to comics and everything in between, emulating the stories of the past is one of the essential elements of fiction and is often used to show affection once the author has grasped the genre. By looking at how stories formed throughout history, they can help predict how fiction might develop in the future.

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Coinspiration from Gilgamesh to the Northman

The concept of fiction is relatively new. Before modern times, the fiction of antiquity was commonly believed to be a revelation of a god bestowing a truth on the person imparting it. As such, The Epic of Gilgamesh, universally acknowledged as the first written story, was probably believed to be true when it was first written. This makes the story of a great flood that covers the world interesting – especially given that such a worldwide catastrophe is also depicted in the biblical Book of Genesis and other religions, as well as in regional versions in Greek and Egyptian mythology. The flood probably comes from the same oral tradition depicted in the ancient Mesopotamian text, but myths that predate mathematics are hardly the end of imitation in fiction.


Dante Alighieri brought the trend to the West, writing about the planes of Hell in what can only be described in today’s terms as a bit of biblical crossover fan fiction. Combining the ideas of Aristotle and the beliefs of the Christians of the time, Alighieri delved into the subject of biblical hell as he claimed it was revealed to him in a vision, a common narrative aspect of the era. However, since this was his formulation, much of the Christian concept of hell derives from Dante’s interpretation. Similarly, John Milton introduced an entirely different version of Hell paradise lostand many modern perceptions of Satan derive from his interpretation, which he naturally called a new revelation of the truth of the Bible.


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Between the two resided Shakespeare. Possibly the all-time king of carrying on traditions inspired by other stories and legends, Shakespeare’s plays almost always contained a bevy of allusions to and inspiration from older stories. Take hamlet for example, which served as inspiration for The Lion King. The tale of the King of Denmark’s betrayal and Hamlet’s feigned madness was inspired by the legend of Amleth, which also inspired the 2022 film The Northman.

Interesting, hamlet also informed The Northman, meaning that the adaptation of the legend that inspired the play was inspired by the play – which was inspired by the legend. Almost all of Shakespeare’s plays were also inspired by legend and myth, and even Romeo and Juliet was essentially a stage version of The tragic story of Romeus and Julieta poem by contemporary Arthur Brooke.


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Moving on to more modern stories, one of the most prominent of the 19th century (and certainly one of the most influential) was Mary Shelley’s seminal work, Frankenstein. Easily one of the greatest works of fiction, having almost single-handedly created the sci-fi genre. Frankenstein is at least a sort of Frankenstein’s monster itself, carrying the DNA of many different Greek and Roman myths – inclusive Pygmalion (which would later inspire the Pygmalion play, the forerunner too my beautiful lady) and the fire bearer of his subtitle, Prometheus.

This is without reference to any of the ghost stories that inspired the novel, including centuries of storytelling and shilling shockers. Horror in general has always been built on the shoulders of giants. Vampires are at least as old as the English language, and Dracula’s film adaptation inspired the American zombie genre. Bride of Frankenstein, a Frankenstein spin-off, revolutionized cinema across a range of genres. Finally arriving in film and television, the media exploded, especially two that are particularly relevant to the current discussion: anime and its constant companion, manga.


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Belle and Contemporary Fiction from Ancient Stories

According to some historians, manga can be traced back to 11th-century Japanese art, while syndicated manga began well before the first comics arrived in the West. However, it is widely believed that the shared styles and tropes stem from the Allied occupation through Japan’s influence through comic books and early Western animation – Betty Boop in particular. Aside from the art styles and the stories associated with them, manga and anime quickly embraced cultural imports from the west to influence the stories of anime.

Some of the most prominent recent examples have already been mentioned as Lovelythe Cannes-winning 2022 anime extravaganza inspired by Beauty and the Beast (an 18th-century fairy tale) Crafted in the Abyssinspired by Dante’s Inferno. Going further back in time, however, reveals that drawing inspiration from Western literature and its predecessors for anime is as common as pink hair.

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Hayao Miyazaki’s films, for example, take influence from books like The Borrowerswhat inspired The secret world of Arietty. The Borrowers is also an exploration of ‘The Little People’ or ‘The Wee Ones’ from British folklore, predating the written word in Europe. Howl’s Moving Castle is inspired by the novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones, which in turn consistently alludes to the world of Tolkien, John Donne, hamlet and Alice in Wonderland (with special emphasis on the latter). Fullmetal Alchemist The most important Macguffin is the Philosopher’s Stone, a centuries-old object of French folklore. Isekai anime/manga generally follows the “Hero’s Journey” archetype, which many attribute to ancient British history The sword in the stone.

Every story builds on expectations of what came before, but almost every story is itself a version of the same. As much inspiration as adaptation, from anime to poetry, great works of literature are built on the skeletons of their predecessors. If you ever come across a story and think, “This is a copy of another story I read,” rest assured that not only did it happen with certainty, but that she didn’t do anything wrong. In literature, any theft is just a theft by a thief.

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