I have a few questions about this.
- Can you even "steal" an idea? Example: Think of a cat. Other than the fact they we're both thinking of a four legged feline, our actually ideas or vision of a cat are completely different.
- I feel like it's a typical unspoken rule that you don't try to take another writers idea and finish it. If you are inspired, you take that idea and make it into your own. Or is that just a deluded version of plagiarism?
- Isn't imitation the most sincerist form of flatter?
- Who was it that said imitation was the most sincerist form of flatter? Really, I honestly don't know.