For example, a long time ago I used think these two were the same guy:
Probably because back in the day they looked like this:
Now I have a problem telling these two apart:
Writers tend to obsess over similarities in story lines when working on a new idea, even to the point of googling ‘high school zombies eat principal and run off with head cheerleader’ to see if it’s been done before.
Minor elements can be the same but when the entire story is told they hardly matter. The differences in voice, and pacing alone can change a story so utterly that it makes comparisons a waste of time.
Like these two books, both about dystopian societies ran by a shadow government that controls the citizens for their own good.
They appear the same but I assure you…they are not.
Write the story banging around in your head, with your own voice and style, and don’t worry about the similarities. You can’t go wrong…unless it’s about an orphaned boy wizard who attends a magical school and kicks ass on a broomstick.
Then you may need to worry.