Q: Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?
Great question. I will have to say yes and no. In this day in age, nothing is an original idea.
Stories always have some kind of influence from other tales. Trying to create an old idea and try to make your own as much as possible, I don't mind. I actually enjoy reading retellings and fanfiction if it's written well.
But I have come across a few (which I cannot remember the titles) where the author simply stole another book's idea. A few things would have been changed, such as the characters' names or the outcome in the story, but the rest of it will be the same as the other work. What is very irritating about this is that these authors try to pass these stolen works as originals. I'm not okay with this.