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What do we call Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea and V S Naipaul's A History of Mr Polly?
A quick question does 'fan fiction mean that Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea is fan fiction because of the mad woman in the attic scenario?
Or is V S Naipaul's A House for Mr Biswas an infringement on H G Wells' A History of Mr Polly?
Both writers keep the theme of the original text but the stories are totally different, they are set in very different places.
Would the second pieces be referred to as fan fiction?
I am also aware that someone wrote the same story as a friend of mine but cunningly the name and setting of the text was changed too. However, the title of the more recent book demonstrate the effort to copy because the new book is titled using the same yet, very opposite title to the new book, the theme is one and the same, even the plot just the characters names and exposition is changed enough to avoid copyright infringement or so my friend things because he is not experienced. I don't know what to tell him, what would you think? how should i advice him? When my friend showed me the copied version of his book on amazon I could see the problem but did not know how to advice him. He has had his book copyrighted for a decade previously is that copyright infringement on the other person.
Any views on this kind of thing guys?
I must admit to him making me curious about this kind of thing.