In the news (rich today all gone tomorrow)

  1. Publisher cancels Harvard student's revised novel


    BOSTON (Reuters) - The publisher of a Harvard University student's debut novel took the book off the market on Wednesday and canceled the contract on a second amid mounting allegations that she copied other authors' work.

    The announcement comes less than one week after Little, Brown and Company asked booksellers to begin returning the newly published novel "How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life," to the publisher so that Kaavya Viswanathan could rework certain passages.

    The publisher had planned to republish the book, but it will not do that now.

    "Little, Brown and Co. will not publish a revised edition of Kaavya Viswanathan's 'How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life' nor will it publish a second book, Michael Pietsch, Little, Brown's senior vice president and publisher, said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

    The 19-year old Indian-born Harvard sophomore admitted that she unintentionally imitated passages from Megan McCafferty's "Sloppy Firsts" and "Second Helpings," which she read in high school.

    Harvard's student newspaper on Tuesday reported that "Opal Mehta" also contained similarities to Meg Cabot's 2000 novel "The Princess Diaries" while the New York Times reported additional similarities between Viswanathan's book and work by Sophie Kinsella.

    The book was the first in a two-book deal worth $500,000 signed when Viswanathan was just 17. The movie rights were acquired by DreamWorks studio.

    Harvard University spokesman Bob Mitchell said that Viswanathan is still an actively enrolled student at the school. According to Harvard's student handbook, students who submit work that is not their own and is not properly credited will be subject to disciplinary action, Mitchell said.

    I really wonder if she did this on purpose , and figured they would not notices
  2. Um that reminds me of the guy that wrote A Million Little Pieces that was supposed to be his life story but it was made up. Do these people not have common sense?
  3. I heard they weren't going to suspend her from Harvard for this, because what she plagiarized didn't have anything to do with her coursework, but if I were one of her professors, I would wonder if she had plagiarized for my class. I think her academic integrity can't be trusted anymore.
  4. Agree, I wouldn't trust her with her homework. Stealing is wrong and what she did was stealing. I don't care what her excuses were - that she has a photographic memory and she accidentally tapped into her memory and pulled the words out??? C'mon, we are not that stupid. Besides there are similarities with 2 other books. Just like the other guy, I think she is very talented but she thought she could fool the rest of the world. True success is not through short-cuts.
  5. Is that a balenciaga bag on her arm?

    I feel like she cheated but it just seems so weird...why would she obviously lift from other authors when it was probable she would get caught. I mean, Salman Rushdie? Come on!
  6. Man, and she was copying from grocery-store junk novels? At least if you're going to lift material, do it from good sources!