If I had a dollar for every time someone tossed the trite trodden rant that just because my writing diverges noticeably from the source I *have to* have had made it into an original story, and even more, an extra dollar when they suggest also that I *have* to have made it into a published blockbuster to boot,

then I'd have enough money to buy a Russian container of influencers and sweat them to make new memes.

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