Herb asks:

I know that stealing from two sources versus one is the difference between being inspired and plagiarizing, but what good old “I could have told that tale better.” I can’t be the first new writer to be inspired in part by watching some movie or reading some book and thinking “That’s a good idea, but here is how you tell it.” I know it has lead to classics in film. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is a perfect example of remaking a bad movie.

Is filing off the serial numbers and writing your version of a badly done novel a valid choice for an author looking to publish?

Hercules (myth)
Samson story (Book of Judges Chapters 13-16)
Conan (film and original books by Robert E. Howard)
Star Wars
Flash Gordon
The Hidden Fortress
La Morte D’Artur by Thomas Mallory
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