My latest short, "The Hell Patrol" - which I hope to turn into some sort of serial - is such an example, being directly inspired - in its feeling, though not in its content - by the Judas Priest song of the same name. A quick search also turns up a zombie apocalypse movie called The Hell Patrol.
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as the "Hell Patrol."
Again, this is something I do all the time, and not malicious; and I don't dip into lyrics because, in effect, I'm already quite certain that would be unfair to the composers. But before I start getting all big-headed, is this something I ought to stop? Despite the fact that my stories have nothing - and I do mean nothing - to do with the songs in question, they still draw colour from those tunes. And, can I really say they are "nothing" alike? I mean, my "Hell Patrol" is still about "The Hell Patrol," whatever the contents of that august company of soldiers might be, and no matter how different it is from the same patrol represented in Judas Priest's music.
In literature, allusions are quite common; and it may be that I am only worried because, in the digital age, there is so much hullabaloo about copyrights and fair use. But I don't allude to other people's writing; I allude to other people's music. And since the boundaries between these works is immense (whereas referring to one fantasy world in another fantasy world might draw a sort of smiling appreciation, insofar as fans/readers might enjoy both series and, as such, diminish the "hidden" aspect of the allusion), I worry that I am carrying off with something and making it my own a bit too much.
What do you think, O Internet? Please, save me from myself...