Monday, April 24, 2006

Perhaps there's a lesson in this?

American Gothic
Originally uploaded by Timmy Fury.
Perhaps at 17 a writer is just too young to complete a big-time book contract?

From the Harvard Crimson:
A recently-published novel by Harvard undergraduate Kaavya Viswanathan ’08, How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life, contains several passages that are strikingly similar to two books by Megan F. McCafferty—the 2001 novel Sloppy Firsts and the 2003 novel Second Helpings.

At one point, Opal Mehta contains a 14-word passage that appears verbatim in McCafferty’s book Sloppy Firsts.

In that example, McCafferty writes on page 6 of her first novel: "Sabrina was the brainy Angel. Yet another example of how every girl had to be one or the other: Pretty or smart. Guess which one I got. You’ll see where it’s gotten me."

Viswanathan writes on page 39 of her novel: "Moneypenny was the brainy female character. Yet another example of how every girl had to be one or the other: smart or pretty. I had long resigned myself to category one, and as long as it got me to Harvard, I was happy. Except, it hadn’t gotten me to Harvard. Clearly, it was time to switch to category two."

The italics appear in the originals.
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You'd think... ah, never mind. Clearly, Ms. Viswanathan didn't...

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