Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Attention Little, Brown: Time to cut your losses.

Kaavya Viswanathan is either the world's most egregious plagiarizer (don't laugh; it's a real word) or she really is ingesting other novels.

She is the subject of yet another plagiarism claim. This time, the text was pulled from a Sophie Kinsella novel.

There is no hope for OPAL whatsoever. Little, Brown needs to yank this thing from the shelves before it gets worse--and before the world of literature gets an even worse rap than it already has. Want more people to turn off the TV and start reading again? This isn't the shortcut to take.

Perhaps more disturbing is this: You read time and time again of how some group of frustrated writers submits TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD or THE GRAPES OF WRATH to agents and editors, only to have it rejected for various reasons. So how unnerving is it that a publisher paid a half million for previously released chick lit novels?