In the past month I have been a victim of two forms of plagiarism/idea-snatching.
Friends that I confided in and shared a secret project idea with decided to make it their own. Although I was very hurt and annoyed by this, I've since forgiven them because it was my lack of judgement in telling them and well, they did it make their own!
The second case I can no longer ignore, and I just need to get it out there now. Back in January, I read an amazing book called "City of Savages" by Lee Kelly. City of Savages is very dear to my heart. I'm friends with the author, Lee Kelly. It was an honor getting an arc from her, and I loved her book. I wanted to do her book justice and help market it for her. On Friday I stumbled across another review for City of Savages posted a few days ago. Imagine my shock and horror as I saw much of my own words and ideas on the post. I poured my heart and soul and hours of drafting into that review, yet I'm guessing it didn't take that blogger very long to write her review as it contained direct and paraphrased sections of my review. We discussed the same exact points in the same order and same organization. Our word choice throughout was so uncannily similar.That's called plagiarism, and that is illegal. Those were my words, those were my thoughts and opinions. Is it possible we had similar opinions? Yes. It is probable that we used the same exact sentences and word choice and paragraph structure? I think not.
APCB - There are some books that you discover and just know you're going to love.
Her - I had this gut feeling that said you're totally going to enjoy this.
APCB - What instantly drew me in to this book was the cover.
Her - I think that the first thing about this book that captured my attention was the cover...
APCB - that's as dangerously beautiful as the cover.
Her - The cover... just seemed so dangerously beautiful
APCB - This book is emotionally raw and gritty and intense throughout.
Her - This book was so emotionally heart-wrenching and gritty.
APCB - The older sister Sky is the delicate, smart, proper, and reasonable one.
Her - Sky is the older sister that is more practical, smart, delicate, and proper.
APCB - Ryder is the thoughtful and sweet guy who makes you swoon. Sam is the infuriating bossy military type you can't help but love. Rolladin is the enigma, the woman you just want to know more about.
Her - Rolladin was just someone that I wanted to know more and more about. Ryder was such a nice guy. And Sam was that tough military-guy...
It gets worse. ;(
I never understood the severity of plagiarism until now, having been on the receiving end of it. I knew how rude, disrespectful, despicable, and completely wrong it was, I just didn't realize how much it could hurt seeing your words and your creative works and ideas credited to someone else. This has been my first "blow" to blogging, and I can't say I'm liking it at all.
Thank you to all my twitter friends who gave me hugs and advice. You rock! You're the reason why I love this community, even though there are a few *thorns* out there who threaten to sully it. It's sad, and I've heard of plagiarism happening often in the community as of late. What is my point in all of this? Originality, please. If you can't think of what to write don't go looking at other people's reviews of the book for so-called "inspiration." Your posts should reflect your thoughts, not someone else's. If you can't think of anything to say, then just don't write the post or let it simmer because what you do or don't do can really hurt someone. I know I don't need to say this to my friends and followers since you are all amazing, but I'm saying it anyway. This has been a life lesson for me: not everyone is honorable and respectful.