I guess since my blog is fixed now I may as well weigh in on the topic currently burning up Romancelandâ€”the blatant, *cough*alleged*cough* acts of plagiarism on the part of Cassie Edwards. For linkage Iâ€™ll just point you to Dear Author and the Smart Bitches. Iâ€™m not linking to any specific post because itâ€™s pretty much All Cassie All the Time, and if youâ€™re reading this six months from now, weâ€™ve probably moved on.
First, let me say I donâ€™t believe this is going to be more than an insignificant little speed bump in her career. Why?
1. Iâ€™d guess the overwhelming majority of her readers will never even know about this. Andâ€¦
2. There isnâ€™t an aggrieved author siccing lawyers on anybody. Andâ€¦
3. Sheâ€™s money in the bank. When you get your own quarter-shelf at Wal-Mart which holds multiple copies of multiple books, youâ€™ve got juice. And TPTB know that, without that violated author demanding restitution, all they have to do is wait a few days and weâ€™ll all get distracted by the next blog shitstorm in the pipe.
Itâ€™s disheartening, really. I read my share of Cassie Edwards books way back in the day. Loved me some savage passion. But then I guess you could say I outgrew it, and Iâ€™m certainly not coming at this from a betrayed fan angle.
But this was an author that, though she didnâ€™t write books to my taste, I looked up to. Not for her prose or grammar, but for the fact this woman consistently, over many years and 100 books, provided her readers with the stories they loved. Thatâ€™s an achievement worth striving for.
sheâ€™s her books are frauds. *cough*allegedly*cough* And, while I wouldnâ€™t say sheâ€™s been a rolemodel, per se, itâ€™sâ€”to be bluntâ€”freakinâ€™ depressing.
My understanding is that at least one of the works she plagiarized from is still protected by the copyright, so I hope an author will come out of the woodwork and make her and her publishers take this more seriously.
EDITED TO ADD: And of course the second I post my opinion this is going to stay under the radar of most of her readers and her career will emerge unscathed, I find out cnn.com’s got the story. (GO NORA! :cheer: ) This is one of those times I’d love to be wrong.