So apparently there was a movie a few years ago called God’s Not Dead. I have no idea what its main thesis could be (damn you movies with inscrutable titles), but it did a pretty good business, pulling in around $62 million. Now the producers are being sued—for $100 million, because of course it’s for $100 million—by a woman who claims that they ripped off her memoir* and the film script she wrote based on said memoir.
Based on this account, though, I don’t think she has a leg to stand on:
The complaint also states the similarities between the two stories, namely that both feature “a young college student who has to confront a popular and charming atheist professor in three debates, who struggles in the first debate, but succeeds in the next two after encouragement from supporting characters, including an unmarried local pastor, a rural married couple, the atheist professor’s wife who is also the professor’s former student (a lapsed Christian who questions her own beliefs and observances) and an international student ally, and manages to persuade many others, including the professor, that God does exist.”
Seriously, that’s the kind of generic “boy meets girl, boy engages in ethically questionable relationship with girl—because he’s an atheist hedonist—boy gets told by upstart young believer, boy renounces his atheistic hedonism”** story that you could find in 95% of the movies out there, as well as 100% of the dreams that end with Kirk Cameron waking up, looking into his underwear, and saying, “Honey, it’s happened again.”
*-I’m going to stop shouting at people to stop writing memoirs. Instead, I’m going to start shouting at people to stop buying memoirs. Seriously, knock it off—it only encourages them.
**-This is nonsense: no-one in their right mind would renounce sweet, sweet atheistic hedonism.