This is from a comment left on HelenKay’s blog in response to…well, you know what. I don’t want people landing here via Google because I could really give a damn about whether the rabid people think the wunderkind’s a good person or not.
…itâ€™s unfair to say that she â€œplaigarizedâ€ when sheâ€™s merely internalized the lines until they became her own.
WTF is that supposed to mean? Let me go chant Christine Feehan’s new book to myself over and over until I’ve internalized it, and then I’ll type it up and make a shitload of money. Okay? Then I’m going to start my new series about a cop named Eva Houston and her rich, reformed husband, Borque. Oh gee, I’m sorry. I love J.D. Robb so much I internalized her work and made it my own.
In less than 24 hours internalized has become the hottest word on the planet. And it’s bullshit. Rewriting another author’s work just enough to dodge a phrase search on Google is not internalizing. It’s plagiarism. Stop trying to acknowledge her guilt without being mean to her.
Next time somebody pisses me off, I’m just going to kill him or her, then defend myself by tearfully admitting I externalized Mario Puzo.