A metaphor of cultural appropriation for SFF writers.
You know when a mainstream book goes really big, and it’s something that uses SF tropes. Like, for instance, if someone writes a books with vampires and then acts as though urban fantasy doesn’t exist. Her fans read it. They say, “OMG! These vampires that she’s invented are the best thing ever!”
And then they run across Dracula and are all, “Hey– this Stoker guy is totally ripping off vampires.…
So much this.