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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Schadenfreude

I'm sure it says something really bad about my character that I'm sort of enjoying the spectacle surrounding the allegations of plagiarism against Kaavya Viswanathan. But I totally am. I'm sorry, but first time novelists who are still in high school should not get $500,000 book advances. They especially should not get $500,000 advances to write chick lit; and especially when the book they come up with is largely "borrowed" -- unconsciously, of course -- from other books.

4 Comments:

Blogger Red Fraggle said...

I personally loved Viswanathan's statement that Megan McCafferty's novels really spoke to her in a way no other book ever had.

McCafferty writes CHICK LIT. It's fluff. Viswanathan is supposedly a smart woman. She has never read anything more moving that a McCafferty novel?

When I was applying to college I should have told them I had never been as moved by anything as I was by Babysitters Club Book 8: Boy Crazy Stacey. Or maybe I could have seemed more mature if I had cited Sweet Valley High.

4/26/2006 5:20 PM  
Blogger Laura Ingalls Wilder said...

I find this story fascinating as well. I caught the end of Viswanathan's appearance on the Today show this morning and Katie seemed particularly harsh and I wasn't sure why and now I'm so happy she was. This is total B.S. And 500K?? Jesus.

4/26/2006 5:45 PM  
Blogger Isaac, your bartender said...

I am writing a novel about a sea captain driven mad in his quest to kill a great black whale. The story is told by a character named Isaac (very self referential) and another crew member is named Seattle's Best. I may have been unconsciously influenced by something I read while in college.

4/26/2006 11:46 PM  
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