Challenging Originality

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How to Read Literature Like a Professor - Foster
"But the point is this: stories grow out of other stories, poems grow out of other poems. And they don't have to stick to genre." (33)

At first, when I read this, I thought "wait! What about the originals, the classics? Where did they come from?!" But Foster is right. Every story written is based off of other memories and past experiences. No story is truly original, unless we are discussing the first story ever written... Perhaps I shouldn't press this too far. :)

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