Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Plagiarism and McEwan

Writer, Ian McEwan, gave a preview of his next novel, only to be humiliated by an announcement that an amusing anecdote in it had been lifted from another writer.

Shit! I suppose it means he'll get even MORE sales. Why is the celebs get it whatever? The negative publicity of plagiarism didn't do Dan Brown much harm did it? Maybe I could persuade someone to claim my own book was lifted from theirs. Maybe the hullabaloo will get me a few sales!

Apparently, the Booker Prize-winning novelist read an excerpt of the new novel to a large audience at the Hay festival in Wales, but was told by a member of the audience that the episode was not original.

Wow! Whoever said it had some face! They must have been very sure of the facts to stand up in front of everyone and say a thing like that.

Confounded by the insistence that they'd already read the anecdote elsewhere, McEwan assured the audience he'd check it out, even suggesting he might drop it from his draft manuscript.

Oh, how I wish I could have the same publicity .... Priceless!

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