Wednesday, April 26, 2006

"A Race of Lifters"

All those copycat Bollywood movies were not enough, neither were the tunes lifted from foreign songs. Now even writers copy from foreign books. I was talking to a friend this morning about the whole Kaavya Viswanathan affair and he said, "Indians are truly a race of lifters"! Hahaha!!

The best is this news title from Washington Post: "Novelist's Unconscious Borrowed a Few Phrases"...

And this article from New York Times. Why don't we just shoot such parents? Over-achieving idiots!!

9 comments:

Madhur said...

dumb bitch thought she could get away with it, i hope they make life miserable for her at harvard. :p

km said...

At the risk of sounding like a complete idiot, let me say this: I am not entirely convinced she "lifted" those passages. She may have "borrowed". Heck, musicians do it all the time, film-makers do it all the time. Why are writers held to a different standard?

ventilatorblues said...

KM
Good point. What amuses me is how aggrieved everyone is about this. Come on, people, there are worse problems to be dealt with.

Alok
Good to see you writing again. :)

Alok said...

hmmm. I do think people are being a little harsh on her but then, not many people get half a million book deals before they turn twenty. I think she deserves all the hoopla :)

also it would have been okay if it were a few words here and there. news reports say that a dozen passages were lifted almost verbatim...

anurag said...

She is just another Tracy Flick but she doesn't know what are morals and ethics ;)

Qais said...

Here people are commenting as if it was a serious work of significant value.

So many passages were lifted from other novels and neither editor or early readers were able to detect it.

It shows that in that genre there is little originality.

I have no problem with her.

Alok said...

nobody is taking the genre seriously or claiming that it was a serious work of art...

all problems start and end with the half a million dollar advance that she got. there are many pulp writers but everybody doesn't get lucky or isn't that smart.

Qais said...

"all problems start and end with the half a million dollar advance that she got"
You mean plagiarism depends on the advance which you get?

Alok said...

no, but people's reactions to an incident of plagiarism definitely depends on advance the writer got...

i am sure nobody would have been aggieved had it been some regional, less known publisher without all the hoopla in new york times about a "teenage prodigy"...