After Reading “The Kite Runner”…

I recently finished The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

And in one word, it was powerful. The vivid images that the words create throughout the story and the perceptive examination of the Afghan history and how it influenced Afghan individuals indeed deserve a National Bestseller.

However, what I briefly want to connect and share is not about the plot or how well the author related cultural issues to human emotions. Rather, I want to mention the role the book plays as a spreadable medium.

Now days, with global networking and advanced technology, I think we often undervalue the power of books to ‘spread’. Of course, books are probably not the most spreadable media. However, I think there are certain things within us that speak better through creative words.

Afghanistan is something we hear or read quite often in the paper or on the news. But none of those ‘media’ touched me. Although created through the mind of an unique individual, the novel allowed me to relate more closely to the situation itself, conflicts, and most importantly the culture. Through the protagonist Amir and the appropriate shifts of time period within the plot, I was able to look at things from a different perspective, perhaps partly from a perspective of an insider.

Before I finish off, I want to connect the ‘book’, more specifically, a novel, to a debatable topic: intellectual property. What defines uniqueness or originality? And if I were to write a novel that deals with similar themes, plot etc. to The Kite Runner, am I violating Hosseini’s intellectual property?

Unfortunately, I am not an expert on intellectual property, and nor is intellectual property universally defined. But it definitely allows us to think. From onwards, I will touch more upon intellectual property and continue to develop ideas on it.



2 thoughts on “After Reading “The Kite Runner”…

  1. Nice example and good thinking, Matthew. A few thoughts that occurred to me when reading your post:

    I think that books are actually very spreadable. The number of times I’ve given a book to a friend or had one given to me, simply because the giver thought that it was so great that others needed to read it. Oprah’s book club is an other example of this.
    No piece of art is ever created in a vacuum. Everybody is inspired by or borrows from others. I don’t know how much fact and how much fiction exists in The Kite Runner but I can’t imagine that the story isn’t at least based in part on true stories. By writing your own story with a similar plot, you are injecting your own stories and your own personality into your piece. While it may be influenced, it will unlikely be the same. It will be a new statement of your own creativity.

    • Thanks for your comment!
      I too believe that books are both spreadable and ‘sticky’. However, relatively speaking, the spreadability process of books is bound to be slower compared to those of other media such as videos or articles.
      And yes, no piece of art is ever created in a vacuum. But then, what defines, ‘my story’ as truly original and creative? Can you ever be over-influenced to the extent of plagiarizing or producing a work that is closer to a parody?
      For example, although dismissed in court, Dan Brown was accused by Lewis Purdue for plagiarizing ideas his novels The Da Vinci Legacy and Daughter of God.
      Dan Brown was also sued by author Jack Dunn two times. Although both cases were dismissed, despite many similarities between the two authors’ works.
      The fact that these issues are brought into court, I think, indicates that despite creative intentions, there are many potential conflicts regarding intellectual property in not just books but also in music, visual art, and performance art.

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