Like that one guy said: Good writers borrow, great writers steal. Welcome to the place where all things have been lifted, looted, and otherwise pilfered…Remember, possession is 9/10s of the law.
Poking around YouTube, I found this very fascinating interview with Neil Gaiman from Selected Shorts. All the questions came from Selected Shorts viewers/listeners. Gaiman himself just pulls them from a bag and answers – you can’t get any more straightforward. Whenever you have about ten minutes to spare, check it out. He talks about truth in fiction, characters, and his desire to write for the theatre (which I found particularly interesting and I immediately started daydreaming about what a Gaiman stage project would look like).