We watched an episode of Big Love tonight. That's HBO's series about polygamous renegade Mormons. A couple of times they hit plot points that reminded Marsha of my novel about the same sort of group. I told her "that's how they are." I went on to assert that I had been completely naturalistic.
That last was a lie
That did not fly.
I suppose I was motivated to tell this fib after reading shannon_f_r's fascinating post about people in her writing class.
They want to write novels with nothing new.
Their characters act - just as they do.
Of course, the reason Big Love had a few similarities to my story was that they did the same sort of research I did. The feel was quite different. More like Desperate Plural Housewives.