First, Jenny Trout blogged extensively this week concerning the many, numerous similarities between books by m/m romance “author” Laura Harner, and novels by Opal Carew and Becky McGraw.
Harner’s declaration towards the Guardian included this line, which can be still baffling: “…it seems that i might have crossed the line and violated my code that is own of.”
Each and every time this occurs, we cue up Rhianna in my own mind.
Would you like to sing along? Start only at about :47.
If you plagiarize and publish it, a reader will notice as I said on Twitter. Constantly. Because we read a whole lot.
However the pattern repeats: a audience notices, appears the alert, more passages are unearthed that are way too comparable for coincidence, together with one who did the copying is somehow astonished by their particular behavior.
This informative article from 1997, “Meaningless Apologies, Disowned Selves,” by Kathy Kellerman (PDF) features a comparable pattern in Janet Dailey’s “apologies” to Nora Roberts when she had been found copying Roberts’ words. I’dn’t seen this informative article before also it’s a fairly insightful study of the language of apologies which don’t very very very own duty and understanding of one’s own actions: