Originally Posted by RearNaked
This reminds me of people complaining that Pan's Labyrinth 'ripped off' the mandrake from Harry Potter. The idea of a college of wizards has been around since long before Wheel of Time. Everything comes from somewhere.
There's got to be a name for the phenomena where people think wherever they saw something first is where it originated.
It's not the college of mages idea. It's the entire structure, ideology, method of operation, punishment rites, initiation rites... it just had the names changed and made open to both genders. So your example and assertion doesn't work with me because mine is not based off of a superficial resemblance.
Someone who says Pan's Labyrinthe ripped off anything from Harry Potter is just retarded.