Monday, May 7, 2012

How unintentionally like you.

Drizzt Do'Urden
Recently a friend of mine recommended that I check out some work of one of her favorite authors, R.A. Salvatore. A name I only really knew before from casually glancing at the Dungeons and Dragons and/or Forgotten Realms covers at the bookstore. So I figured, what the heck, and bought the "Dark Elf Trilogy" box set at my local used bookstore. I haven't read it, but I will get to it eventually. Anyway, for some strange reason I started to lightly, casually look into the Trilogy's central character: Drizzt Do'Urden (pictured left). I don't know what it was exactly that got my chain of thought going, but I was thinking about one of the non-human characters in my novel one night and then it just struck me at how similar these guys are.

Both Drizzt and the current version of my character are exiles, both of their races have evil reputations among humans, both are from underground cities, and both have either rejected--or otherwise gone against--the cultural norms of their people. When I first realized this, it kinda startled me. I originally had created my character way during the books earliest incarnations in 1997, many years before I had ever even heard of Drizzt, Mr. Salvatore or Forgotten Realms. So I chuck the similarities up to coincidence and intend to plow ahead with my character. But since this was the second time in my writing career that I had tapped into or archetypes that I had never previously encountered before. How can my subconscious do that to me and not tell me?

I think I'll have to file this as a "topic to revisit." Sorry guys, but I'm drawing a huge blank as to where to take this next for some reason. So consider this an incomplete post.
See you later.       


  1. I've done that too. I have one character I created years ago who is a human who is friends with a vampire and wants to be a vampire...but the vampire doesn't want to turn him. My sister just pointed out the Twilight similarities last week. It's annoying, 'cause now it looks like I copied.

    1. It is. But, as a friend pointed out to me, "So long as your character and Drizzt don't share the same name, Wizards of the coast can't touch you."
      Good thing they don't, heck they are not even the same species lol.
      Dosen't matter if an idea has been done before, what matters is what you do with it. At least that's how I see it.