I have an antagonist whose power is the same as one from a popular series, not exactly the same, but close enough to be recognizable. It's even the same genre, if you can believe it. I thought of it before I ever read this series, probably before it was even made, but now I'm having second thoughts. I've asked a friend about this before and they've advised me to just think of something different, but that's easier said than done and I was so proud of what I'd originally come up with. Any advice?
Let’s take a good long look at the world of mainstream comics!
While some of these characters were deliberate rip-offs and there’s always a rowdy debate about who came first (SETTLE DOWN NERDS I AM WELL AWARE OF THESE ARGUMENTS don’t make me come over there), the point is originality is not the end all of writing.
It’s Doctor Who versus Diana Wynne Jones’s Chrestomanci, Harry Potter versus Neil Gaiman’s Books of Magic. You’ll find stories with similar concepts everywhere.
In the end, they’re all separate stories enjoyed by a good deal of people. Originality of a single idea doesn’t matter, your story matters. If it is a good story, people will like it.
See also: On Originality (fuck it)