The classical scholars amongst you will have clocked epigone as a Greek word straight away. Aha, you'll say: that word, despite appearances, will be pronounced ePIgonEE.
On the other hand those of you who don't know your Aries from your Echo will probably come up with an uncertain EpiGOHN.
And those are the ones of you who'll be right.
In any case, ancient though epigones may be, they are still to be found all over the place.
An epigone is an inferior follower or imitator.
So, yes, that's right, most writers of fan fiction are epigones. And so are writers of sequels to Jane Austens novels (which doesn't necessarily make the sequels bad, though they usually are).
Far too many directors of thrillers since Alfred Hitchcock handed in his clapper board are epigones, too.
In fact, every time anyone says they don't make them like they used to, an epigone is bound to be involved.
Politicians; new 'improved' fizzy drinks; there's an epigone to annoy us every day.
Name and shame, I say. Name and shame.
Word To Use Today: epigone. This word is Greek. It comes from epigonos, which means one born after, from epigignesthai, to be born.