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A member of one of my discussion lists wrote me yesterday that he recognized one of a novel's plot twists from a movie, killing the novel's suspense for him and lessening his interest in reading on.
I replied that another friend brought up the same movie when he read the novel, but I hadn't seen the movie, so it didn't affect my read. I don't think the author was paying homage to the movie, but I don't mind homages, either.
A novel may share plot points with a movie, TV episode, or another novel. Because their characters are different, the two have the potential to play out differently. That potential holds my interest.