Stolen Characters

Did you know that Mr. Darcy was a vampire? Or that Sherlock Holmes tried but failed to solve the identity of Jack the Ripper?

Surprised?

Yeah, me too.

Maybe this shouldn’t bother me so much, but something inside me recoils when I find a modern writer borrowing a dead author’s character.

It just doesn’t seem fair that someone, who wasn’t even alive when the original novel released, can now add to Jane Eyre’s story. Or that somebody besides Margret Mitchell can put Rhett and Scarlet back together? Can it even count?

For this week’s poll, what are your thoughts about this.