Friday, January 18, 2008
I am like a deer in the headlights lately....
Over something that's going on online. Serious accusations that a famous, NYT's best-selling author has been blatantly plagiarizing for years!
Now, some of you know that I love to read. Historical, Biography's, but mostly Romance novels. I read them a lot, and I can read 2 - 3 a week if time allows. The problem is that my favorite authors can't put out that many books a year ( though goodness knows- Nora Roberts tries!)During the summer, I found some blogs done by readers/lovers of Romance novels that actually review the books I like. They give not only reasons why they like/dislike them, but give good descriptions of the books. This is a tremendous help to me, since I hate like heck to spend $8.00 or so on a book that after 2 - 3 chapters winds up in the trash bin. Don't have money to throw away like that! So I've been going to these blogs, to get recommendations. And along with that they also are just a heck of a lot of fun. Not to mention- they are apparently really respected within the romance novel community, since some famous authors actually POST on these blogs as well.
Last week, one of the blog owners had a friend who had never read a romance novel ask to borrow some examples. Said owner- Candy - offered up 3 books. One of which was written by Cassie Edwards ( called CE here from now on). She does what she calls the "Savage" series, in which she spotlights individual Native American Indians. Now- I have read a few of her books- but I just don't like them. Personal preference- nothing against CE as a person. But she's put out like 100 books, that have sold like a million copies. So obviously somebody likes her work. Candy's friend, who apparently is an academic, thought something was *weird* in her writing style. LOOOONNNNGGG story short- CE has literally "Lifted" whole passages out of books about these different tribes and dumped them wholesale into her books. No- not paraphrasing them at all- but "cut-and-pasting" them verbatim into the books! And this apparently has been going on all through her writing career! I've been watching this whole mess blow up like a train-wreck in process.
If any of you like reading romance, or are just curious about this- I've put links in my sidebar to the 2 sites I feel are the best. Smart Bitches is the one where this came out first. They have all the info linked in their sidebar as well. I know Jude and Tracey like to read, we've discussed it one time chatting. And of the rest of you who do like romance novels- I highly recommend these blogs. And if you like romance novels- you might be surprised and just *who* posts there ( Nora, for one!)
I'm going back there in a minute- the Friday videos are usually pretty funny!
Oh, and my Vacation? Great! Didn't get shit done, but I'm totally relaxed. Which after the last couple of months is a blessing let me tell you!
Hope you all are well. I'll get back here soon.
Peace and Love, KC
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