Making a story combining elemnts of existing stories
by Sophian Maidin
Question: I am writing a novel about a guy who wants to capture loose souls back to Hell using summoned creatures. The problem is, right now my idea was that I use characters from various Japanese animations for this.
Would it be okay if I continue further? If it is yes, should I make my own plot about these characters as well as their supposed-to-be characteristics back on their respective animation stories?Answer:
If you're writing this as fan fiction which you will share with others for free, with no intention of selling it, that's fine. But if you want to sell this story to a publisher or publish it yourself and sell copies, you need to create your own original characters and plot.
There can be broad similarities, but no outright copying.
Just as you wouldn't want someone to steal your work and make money from it, all those characters were created by other writers who have certain rights to them.
I suggest you take some of these characters you like and change them, one trait at a time, until they become your original creations. Or you can take qualities from several characters and recombine them into new characters. Even better, add in some traits taken from real people you know.
Repeat this process until you have a set of original characters whom you feel good about and are all your own.