Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Packaging, Plagiarism, or Photographic Memory?

Round Two. The word "plagiarism" is starting to sound funny to me in the way any word does when you say it over and over again. The New York Times reports that passages similar to author Sophie Kinsella's Can You Keep A Secret? have turned up in Opal Mehta. Depending on where you stood last time, this gives you more evidence of assembly-line packaging, nefarious plagiarism, or the photographic memory of a girl who earnestly devoured genre fiction so she could grasp what Little Brown wanted. If you've been visiting me out here on the fire escape, you won't be surprised to hear that I'm rooting for Kaavya, and nixing option number two. Here's to hoping that she read Monsoon Summer before sitting down to write so that phrases from my book are eventually discovered in Opal Mehta. Hey, I'd like to watch my Amazon rankings skyrocket, wouldn't you?

1 comment:

krishnaa said...

If someone could just find two other, unrelated books and parallel them and show how this is just packaging--like in Sophie Kinsella's books and Meg Cabot's adult books. Or Gail Carson Levine's and Karen Cushman's. Or Laurie Halse Anderson's book Speak and Megan McCarfferty's first two books. Or Zoey Dean's A-list and Melissa de la Cruz's Au Pairs. Or "Prom Queens and Art Geeks" and "The Clique" and "The It Girl" and the movie Mean Girls.

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