Another week, another author accused of plagiarism. Not really, no, but I did manage to stumble onto some not-so-new news about a fairly well-known author and accusations of plagiarism. I won’t get into that as it really is old news and I don’t know that much about that particular subject to begin with. It did remind me of something, though.
Last week I was reading a Sci-Fi novel. There was mention of asthma medication and, being unfamiliar with the word, I googled it, in hopes of finding out more. Unique name as it was, the search turned up only three results, one of them a forum where I found a very similar – different names, bad writing, same plot – story as the one I was reading.
*Gasp*Shock*Gasp* The story on the forum had been posted on a date previous to the publication date of the novel, and so I found myself wondering if I was reading plagiarized work. Of course, after further investigation on my part, it turned out that the novel was at its second edition, the person posting on the forum being, in fact, the thief.
So, what is and what constitutes as plagiarism? According to dictionary.reference.com, it is:
pla·gia·rism [pley-juh-riz-uhm, -jee-uh-riz-]
noun 1.an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author. 2.a piece of writing or other work reflecting such unauthorized use or imitation.
What I don’t understand is why an author would EVER steal someone elses work. Boggles my mind.
Why take such a risk? Keeping in mind that no one likes to be lied to and, most probably, few to none will pick another book by an author who is a proven plagiariser, why do it? And I don’t buy the money angle because being a published writer doesn’t instantly turn you into a billionaire.
1. I don’t ever read many/full reviews before writing my own.
“But wait, “x” said he/she thought that…Huh, yeah, I guess I can see th-But wait! I remember reading “y’s” review and..yeah, sure, sure, makes sens-BUT WAIT!”
2. I don’t feel obliged to give a book a certain rating/review
What do you think, do you agree with Jim Jarmusch’s statement? What are your views on plagiarism and what do you do to avoid “infusing” your review with others thoughts and ideas? Let me know.
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