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?
Labels: Teen Reads