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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
Disclaimer: I actually have NO IDEA where I’m going with this post! Once again, this was just one of my randoms thoughts that came to me a few weeks ago when I was thinking about new discussion posts ideas, so I am just going to WING IT! Hopefully it works in my favor!
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
[MovieMaker Magazine #53 – Winter, January 22, 2004 ]”
― Jim Jarmusch
Starting this discussion off a little different by referencing a quote by Jim Jarmusch and his thoughts about originality. First, let’s define originality.
Originality: the source or cause from which something arises; a work composed firsthand.
According to Jarmusch, originality is a concept that does not actually exist and if I can be frank, I’d have to say that I AGREE! I don’t think that originality TRULY exists because we are all inspired by the things around us. An idea does not just simply pop into our heads. There is usually something that triggers our thoughts and bring about new ideas in the first place, whether we are conscious of them or not. So I always wondered why bloggers strive to be original in their content. If originality is so unattainable, then WHY THE HELL do we put so much effort into achieving something that is out of our reach? Because we want to be seen? To be heard? What is even the point?!
In terms of books, when I’m reading I never go into a story with any expectations of it being an ‘original’ idea. Everything has pretty much been done before and recycled and used once again. BUT, HOW ONE CHOOSES TO REUSE THAT MATERIAL is what I’m looking at. These are what I call my PLOT TWISTS! I am a sucker for a good plot twist and sometimes it can be very hard finding a good one because I have a knack for putting the pieces together very early on in a book. So any book that manages to catch me off guard has successfully recycled old material. It’s not original by definition, but the creative spin that one adds definitely makes it stand out.
In terms of blogging, I see bloggers attempt to be ‘original’ with the content they post all the time. Some struggle, having no clue where to begin coming up with an original content. Take myself for example. When I decided to start my weekly discussions, it was NOT an attempt to be original, but I did wonder HOW ORIGINAL were my topics of discussions going to be in the first place. I mean, could I even write a discussion posts about ARCs or has it already been beaten to death? Could I discuss the struggles of being a book blogger or am I just repeating someone else’s thought? I’ve come to the realization that it is NOT about originality, IT IS ABOUT PRESENTATION AND EXECUTION!
♥ PRESENTATION & EXECUTION ♥
We do not all view things in the same manner, so it is perfectly OKAY if our ideas overlap. I don’t think originality should be the goal per se, but rather the presentation and execution of these ideas is what should matter most. How you approach the subject is what is going to make you’re post stand out. Adding your own flare and your own opinions is what is going to differentiate your posts from another. Ultimately, if your goal is to be original, then I’m sorry to disappoint you, but you may be sitting at that drawing board for a while because I’m pretty sure whatever you come up with has already been done before. Worry about how you’re going to get your point across instead. SLAY THAT MESSAGE and make it memorable. Like the quote states: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to“, AKA the EXECUTION! If you somehow inspire another to write a post, then that sounds like a WIN to me!
I’m pretty sure my thoughts on originality is an unpopular opinion, but i’m entitled to one aren’t I? I’ve decided that I am going to go ahead and write some of my discussion posts ideas I had originally tossed out just because I’ve seen others discuss the same topic. I’m sure I can add my own thoughts that differ from those posts and I can make my voice be heard. Hopefully, I can present a different view that will make you guys think…or it could just be a HOT MESS…either one works for me!
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
What are some of your thoughts about originality?
Let me know in the comments!