The point is-let's be original sometimes. You can put an original spin on a classic theme and make it work. David Eddings mastered that with two of my favorite series -The Belargiad and the Mallorean. When you break it down, the tale is very much like a King Arthur & the sword in the stone kind of thing. But he made it better and more interesting. He set it on a secondary world with new characters and races and made it wonderful and original. Now I am not sure if that is what he actually had in mind, but theme is there-only better.
An English Professor once told me there are only 9 original plot ideas in the universe and you need to work to make them fresh and innovative. You have to figure out what makes your story or character special and gives that old worn out plot a sparkly shine.
It is easy to follow the current trends and do the same thing over and over, especially since everyone tells you that is what everyone wants. The results of this are evident-all you have to do is look at the book shelves in teen/young adult fantasy aisle in any bookstore and you see the same thing over and over-vampire love stories and urban witches with cool tattoos. This is what the literary world wants.
I say bulls*#%! .
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That is the difference between a dull recycled story and a new adventure worthy of a good read or watch. So mark it with your own imaginative flare and do it!