Clare London (clarelondon) wrote,
Clare London

JAN 08: maybe it's not the sincerest form...

Hi, today I'm going to be Double the Trouble - I'm going to be posting here and also chatting away my day on torquere_social.

Yeah, I will be expecting double comments *lmao*.

On the Social, I'm going to be posting some snippets of my Torquere Press publications. I don't have anything new to pimp, but it's always fun to revisit!

And I also want to touch on something that intrigues me : Plagiarism.

I've sympathised with friends who've suffered this. Personally, I struggle to understand why people would seek to pass someone else's work off as their own, especially if they've added no value of their own to it, and in fact are actively lying to their readers by presenting it so.
It's a waste of their time and their integrity - and possibly their own potential talent - and also insults the reader's intelligence.
I don't think I've ever suffered it myself.

But... have I?!

Last week I read a new e-book (not at Torquere, I hasten to clarify) that I sort of enjoyed. It wasn't brilliant, the dialogue was a bit stilted, the head hopping rather noticeable. I suffer from that myself on my older fics, so I notice it more now *lol*. Not a 'keeper', but it was entertaining.

One of the character developments reminded me of a fanfic story of my own from 2004. The same premise; the same unusual background for the character. Then a bit further on, there was a plot twist that reminded me of the *plot* in my fanfic story. Then, finally, there was a plot device used by the ebook hero to save the day - and that was *totally* reminiscent of the same thing in my story!!!

Well, I've thought it through a lot since. It wasn't EXACTLY the same, and there were no passages of text that were close to mine (though who can remember from 2004, what they wrote?! LOL). And so I'm starting from the point of me being both flaky and paranoid, and that it's all coincidence *lol*.

Makes for interesting thoughts though, doesn't it?

* Obviously there are few original plots in life, let alone fiction - we authors make them fresh only by our re-telling. I suspect that these plot steps are common in many, many stories (though strange that only this one has ever rung such loud bells).
* Many of us come from fanfiction backgrounds. Maybe not the same fandom, but again I suspect that the canon/fanon plots repeat themselves many times. I'm sure I've been guilty of that myself. After all, I started out like many people - just 'copying' the format and themes of the stories I read and loved.
* Maybe what we read seeps into our subconscious more than we think. Even this story, which I'd only ever have rated a 4 out of 10, will stay in my mind for these very odd reasons.
Maybe some of it will appear in one of *my* future stories!

Without opening any old wounds, do YOU have any experiences like this to share?
Have you been plagiarised - have you suspected it?
What did you do - or what WOULD you do?
Were you flattered? Amused? Disgusted? Bored???

let me know! ♥


Follow this month with Clare (yes, it's all about the MEEEE...):

Jan 01 : the Cheeky Cherubs welcome us to 2009 with a pithy verse or two and the threat of piercings...
Jan 02 : sweet, sexy fiction from lilzazu, all about the perennially tricky problem of a sticky shift...
Jan 03 : excellent editing tips for all authors who ever wondered whether to be cruel to be kind to their prose, hosted by jolilightner...
Jan 04 : Clare pimps the fabulous I DO anthology, now available in ebook and all proceeds to Lambda...
Jan 05 : abstractrx ponders the changing role of Romance and its reflection of - or on?! - the society around it...
Jan 06 : FREE FICTION from me and my friends!
Jan 07 : Jordan Castillo Price discusses what tempts us to try out a new author...

Want to grab a day to pimp, pose or pontificate? Comment HERE!!
Tags: blog, blog month, me, plagiarism, torquere

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