Copy Cat Blues
NEW YORK (AP) -- A Harvard University sophomore promised to change her debut novel in future editions after acknowledging that she had unintentionally borrowed material from an author she deeply admired.
We have all pulled our hair out over the issues of intellectual property, plagiarism, etc. so I'm not going to start yet another discussion over this growing epidemic of intellectually-cloaked academic regurgitation.
In my opinion, the biggest issue with this book is the fact that it lacks the creativity and inspiration that I would want to see from a Harvard student or any college student for that matter. The book's concept is the same-old repetitive story, so why should we expect the actual passages to be any different? She should be more embarrassed that the only story line she could come up with is "hard working high school girl didn't get into Harvard".
I'm sorry. I really shouldn't badger this girl when there are a million authors out there doing the same thing. I'm just so sick of "chick lit".
On a brighter note, what I do want to point out and relish is this phrase from the article: "unintentionally borrowed".
I love it. I unintentionally borrowed 1,000 MP3s...or...I unintentionally borrowed all of your data and put it in my paper.
It's like saying "he accidentally fell on my knife" instead of I stabbed him.