Cannibalization of fiction

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Cannibalization of fiction refers to adapting, borrowing or stealing plots, characters, themes or ideas from one story for use in another or from one medium to another, such as a film adaptation of a book.

Authors Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh alleged that fellow author Dan Brown had cannibalised their book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail in writing The Da Vinci Code.[1]

The Doctor Who television episode "Dalek" is an example of legitimate cannibalisation, the writer having adapted elements of the Doctor Who audio drama Jubilee for this television episode.[2]

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  1. ^ Alleyne, Richard (28 February 2006). "Authors claim Brown 'stole' Da Vinci Code plot". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  2. ^ "Doctor Who at the Cavern Club - A Great Success". The Mind Robber. The Mind Robber. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-18.