Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Today's forecast? Up from partially plagiarized to morning showers of new accusations

Additional passages of Opal Mehta appear to come from another chick lit work, "Can You Keep a Secret?" by Sophie Kinsella.

Can you? Apparently, the answer is no.

And this just in from M&C correspondent, Tea: a take on the author's life that proves that her original story (the one she pitched, and the one about her life) would have made a far better book in the first place. Follow the link, kids. Her mother's plans for her book party involved a red carpet strewn with rose petals. (I'm forwarding this immediately to my mother. She's going to need to plan ahead.)

And yet another update from Tea: Passages from a third author, this time from Meg Cabot and her "Princess Diaries" has been matched to Opal Mehta. And the New Jersey newspaper that Kaavya interned for is currently reviewing all the stories she wrote while she was with them. The editor of The Record is quoted as saying:

To us she was a bright young kid that seemed to have the makings of a good writer. There were no alarms; nobody had ever questioned any of her stories. We have no reason to believe there's anything wrong with her copy. But in light of what's going on, we thought we should check her stuff out.


Blogger TadMack said...

OY!!! Will it ever end???

Know what pissed me off the most? We're all getting peed on. "The curry-scented slapstick that follows is more product placement (Moschino miniskirt, Jimmy Choo stilettos, Habitual jeans) than literature -- though not much worse than the usual formulaic teen novel.

That's much like Madonna saying she needed to write a YA book because there were no children's books out there. Okay, people. Ms. Viswanathan is an isolated incident. The rest of us aren't like that... (at least those of us who don't write chick lit, anyway.)

I'm still sorry for Ms. Viswanathan, because I truly believe that the girl is a product of the culture that created her, including the publishing culture... but I'm starting to wonder how this is going to effect real writers. Fact: there are only about five plots in the world. Will all writers come under greater scrutiny? Will editors now actually read stuff that is set before them instead of farming it out? Will this cut down on the cocktail parties? Inquiring minds...

Tue May 02, 02:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger MeiMeiLn said...

The stupidity never ends. I have no sympathy left.

Wed May 03, 06:27:00 PM EDT  
Blogger MeiMeiLn said...

This girl is starting to sound like of those poor desperate souls who repress their own creativity in order to build their self-esteem based on others' expectations. Because those poor souls don't feel adequate (stemming from parental pressure to acquire status symbols such as Ivy League acceptances or in this case, the crippling Model Minority Myth)they beg, steal and borrow from others...in this case, the girl plagiarizes. It's a pity she felt her own material didn't stand on its own feet or that others felt her material lacked merit. Whatever the case, what I'm seeing is a girl who blindly does whatever she has to in order to achieve that Model Minority Myth...so I could feel sorry for her, but being from that mold myself, I can only call her incrediably stupid being that desperate to cobble together pieces of not just one book, but three at this point in time. If she's so smart, wouldn't she realize she'd get caught? Because everyone knows, teh truly smart ones never get caught. HA!

Wed May 03, 06:36:00 PM EDT  

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