too derivative of JFK

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Broca

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Italiano
Hi everyone,
in a Marc Cameron novel, I read:

Alone, Ryan turned to look past his own reflection in the center window behind his desk and onto the South Lawn. He shied away from the spot when anyone else was in the Oval, particularly the White House photographer. The whole look was too derivative of JFK, but it was a good thinking spot, damn it.

What does derivative mean here?
Thank you,
Andrea
 
  • srk

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    English - US
    The look of his standing there is too reminiscent of photos typical of JFK. It is an unoriginal look, derived from the look of the earlier photos. Perhaps he fears being seen in that position and stance and being accused of trying to look like JFK.
     

    USMeg

    Senior Member
    English/USA
    Just by the way, srk's photo is of Barack Obama. (Clearly not worried about appearing derivative.)
    This is JFK:
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    This Ryan character seems a little insecure to me. There've been lots of presidents. Each of them got the same three windows.
     

    Broca

    Senior Member
    Italiano
    Thank you all for your answers.
    I'm still not sure about it. Just to recap, Ryan's worried that if he stands in front of the central window he will look too much like JFK. (Is this a bad thing?)

    Andrea
     
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