I was reluctant to jump on the band wagon on what seems to be the hottest blog topic around these days but this incident has made the local news here. Harvard author, Kaavya Viswanathan two book deal was cancelled and her book yanked from the bookshelf. I had one thought: would this be a collector’s item? Kidding.
Plagiarism has reared it’s ugly head again. Ms. Viswanathan allegedly plagiarized from two or more authors and what a shame, too. So much for her writing career. What’s that you say? Do I hear snorting noises? What about Janet Dailey you say, who was accused and found guilty of the same thing and still publishes? Scandals like this don’t stay around—long, unfortunately. Another publisher, maybe after a year or so will give her a pen name and publish her again.
I know writing is hard, looking at a blank screen can be difficult but this is what you wanted to do, right? Supposedly you had a talent for…stealing, NO! I mean, for writing, right? Why copy someone else and with the invention of the Internet, how do you think you can get away with it today? I find it amusing. I’m sure the authors involved and victimized in this incident do not. Amusing in that it was so blatantly obvious.
And plus, Publisher’s Weekly did a review where I snipped this part of the quote: “Viswanathan’s eye-rolling intelligence shines through on every page.” How interesting. However, the reviewers at Amazon.com have been less than kind.
In college, all my professor had to do was insert my paper into some type of software on his computer and it would highlight all the similar phrases and guess what you got if it came back with too many similarities? Yeah, F.
Where is the work ethic these days?