Allergy to originality

"Allergy to Originality" explores the rich history of adaptations, plagiarisms and derivatives in creative endeavours.

In this humorous yet though-provoking animated op-doc by Drew Christie, two men discuss whether anything is truly original — especially in film, literature and art. The short film was part of the official selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

According to the character, who quotes from the Wikipedia entry on the concept of originality word for word, the concept of originality is culturally contingent. It became an ideal in Western culture starting from the 18th century. In contrast, at the time of Shakespeare it was common to appreciate more the similarity with an admired classical work, and Shakespeare himself avoided "unnecessary invention". 

Do you think there is something like true originality in film, literature and art? Do you think originality is still a relevant ideal to hold? Share your thoughts in the comments below.