celadon lord of missed boats (lord_cellytron) wrote in polloftheday,
celadon lord of missed boats
lord_cellytron
polloftheday

So, last year, I created a throwaway evil villain character that I named "Hellblazer". I thought the name was kind of cool, and as far as I knew, there wasn't any character or anything out there with that name.

Except there was. Whoops.

But it made me wonder what ideas other people are randomly coming up with that have already been done, unbeknownst to them. And what does it mean if two people who have never met before, and who possibly lived years or even centuries apart, both get the same idea? My brain!

Poll #1060204 I created Superman! They stole my idea!

Have you ever had a really great idea, only to discover someone else already did it?

Yes
46(76.7%)
No
8(13.3%)
Not sure
6(10.0%)

Did you later realize you had been exposed to this creation before, which is where you got the idea?

Yes
5(8.6%)
No
39(67.2%)
Not sure
14(24.1%)

If you tried to market your idea, and someone pointed out that it had already been done, would you say "But I didn't know that, this is my original idea"?

Yes! Because I DIDN'T know that! And it IS my original idea! It's not my fault someone already got to it.
12(20.7%)
I'd try to change my idea so it was different.
18(31.0%)
No, only a total douchebag would do that. Back to the drawing board.
12(20.7%)
I have no idea.
16(27.6%)

If this did happen, what was your idea? Tell me about it, and leave a comment if you run out of room,

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