and you thought it was safe to go back in the water!

Further news, and here, about teenage author Viswanathan – more of her first book looks to have been plagarised, this time from Sophie Kinsella's 'Can you keep a Secret?'. The book has already been taken off sale by publishers Little, Brown and Co. and McCafferty has not pressed with any litigation. This is more damaging to any defence that Viswanathan can present.

Interesting that the book-packaging company involved are not taking as much heat for the plagiarism as Viswanathan however – New York Times piece on book packaging. (Free Sub. Req.) And a Slate.com explanation on book packaging – was Viswanathan just a marketing tool?

(Promising the end of the Viswanathan obsession after this post)

Laurel Touby's "In Defence of Kaavya Viswanathan" appears on GalleyCat.

UPDATE: Final chapter, Viswanathan loses the contract. And no revision in sight. 
 

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3 Responses to “and you thought it was safe to go back in the water!”


  1. 1 Vicky May 4, 2006 at 10:25 am

    There’s something quite sad about this case, and I can’t put my finger on what it is… I guess it’s that, there’s no need to copy, because we all have unique stories inside us that are worth telling. And I wonder why anyone feels the need to borrow like that. Oh well.

  2. 2 poetbloggs May 4, 2006 at 10:36 am

    She was very young to have so much pressure heapen upon her – 17 with a deal for two books?! And Harvard applications – from what I understand about the process, applying to Harvard is as treacherous as Main Street Basra.

  3. 3 Onyeka Nwelue May 14, 2006 at 7:19 am

    I don’t think Kaavya’s case can ever wane in this world.


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