Announcement: As you can see, Buzz Worthy News is changing. It is simply becoming too big to contain everything that happens in one week. So, as of yesterday, it will no longer include Cover Revels and YA Book Releases but will continue to encapsulate the larger Book World News and YA news in this post.
Book World News:
Tor/Forge E-books to go DMR free.
In a remarkable and impressive feat of awesomeness, Tor/Forge is going DRM free for their ebooks. We officially celebrate their badassery and give them a Cuddlebuggery salute.
“Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long time,” said president and publisher Tom Doherty. “They’re a technically sophisticated bunch, and DRM is a constant annoyance to them. It prevents them from using legitimately-purchased e-books in perfectly legal ways, like moving them from one kind of e-reader to another.”
Julie Kagawa’s undeniably fantabulous new vampire series, Blood of Eden, is optioned for film by Palomar Pictures. We can’t wait to see who they cast for the main characters!
“It’s simply a great story with an electrifying heroine,” said Palomar principal Joni Sighvatsson. “It makes the series an ideal subject for a film adaptation. Julie’s ability to familiarize the reader with this complex world in a few pages demonstrates the cinematic qualities of her imagination and complements my own sensibilities as a film producer.”
Adult Source Media will be adapting Fifty Shades of Grey into a porn movie aimed at women.
“The feedback we’ve received, is that while women genuinely enjoy the literal aspects of the novel, what really has them intrigued is the incredible sex between the novels main characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, and how that sex can be duplicated and re-created for the screen,” he said. “And that’s exactly what we are going to give them. In addition to the adult market, our vast network of mainstream retailers and distributors have been begging us to create a soft version, so we will have a version that will be on the retail shelves of every major chain in the country.”
The Controversy over last week’s reveal of The Story Siren’s Kristi’s plagiarism of several blog posts has ravaged the book community and resulted in multiple blog posts and record, community-wide drama.
*Due to Cuddlebuggery’s new policy, we will not actually be linking to The Story Siren’s site. Whilst we have forgiven Kristi and hold no ill-will toward her, we will not be supporting her site or giving her traffic as part of our stance against plagiarism.
Katiebabs was the first to spot Kristi’s identity and her story and opinions on the scandal can be found here. After our initial story broke, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books was the first blog to actually name Kristi as the plagiarist, closely followed by Dear Author. Kristi released her first apology, which was later edited.
Please don’t take my silence on this issue until now as an admission to anything.
I made a mistake. I freely admit that. I am disappointed in myself and I’m embarrassed. I’m deeply saddened and distraught that I have broken your trust. I don’t want to give you any excuses. In a way I feel as though it won’t matter what I say at this point. It seems that the verdict has been decided. I was accused of doing something that I am vehemently against, and intentionally or not, I know that there will be consequences.
When Kristi’s first apology is posted Smart Bitches questions it:
“Four months of silence is not an admission of anything, and nowhere in this “apology” does she actually acknowledge her actions. “Intentionally or not?” How do you unintentionally lift four articles from another site? Where is the apology, exactly?”
ComaCalm create’s a hashtag #stopthestorysiren, but later apologizes for her knee jerk reaction after it was widely criticized.
Before long, Kristi contacts Dear Author and Smart Bitches to update her apology:
“I am very sorry for the trouble that all of this has caused the book blogging community. I also apologize for my actions and will work harder to be a better and stronger blogger. I have answered on my on blog as well and am sorry that I was unavailable due to work during the day and seemed unresponsive.”
Kristi posts a clarification post, where she eventually opens up to comments. Awesome! But then most negative comments were deleted by a third party who was moderating. Er… not so awesome after all. After some intense reactions, most comments were restored. Unfortunately, the comments then turned into a bloody gladiatorial battle between the pro-TSS camps and the anti-TSS camps and descended into chaos.
I would just urge people before they take a side to look at all the evidence and make an informed decision. Just like voting — you wouldn’t just vote for the most popular candidate would you?? Don’t call people names, or throw out words like lynching — that has hate written all over it and you don’t want hate to be involved. Plagiarism brings out strong reactions in bloggers because we all get by on our WORDS that is what sells us, that is what defines us and to have one of our own faking her WORDS, passing off someone’s hard work as her own, well that just speaks of duplicity and laziness. Her intentions are made apparent, she cares not on what her readers think of her, but only of the publishers and authors that grace her with free books and advertising money.
The madness of the drama firmly takes hold after so many big names in the book blogging community pick sides. Laura from Laura’s Review Bookshelf throws the wrench into the machine by releasing a letter written by Kristi to a then eleven-year-old blogger three years prior. However, the letter is later taken down and is no longer available for viewing on that blog.
Kelly from Radiant Shadows posts a comprehensive break down of Kristi’s apologies alongside her now deleted post on plagiarism. She takes excerpts of both the apologies against the deleted posts.
Amber, an aspiring author writes to request that everyone stop being mean girls to Kristi and be kinder.
We can discuss it, we can learn from it and we can grow from it but the snarky comments have to stop. Drawing lines in the pavement and sticking out our tongues at anyone on the other side has got to stop or we will never be respected. I’m oftentimes shocked by how people look down on the YA community because I’m immersed in it and I know the good it creates. But when we start calling each other names and being rude; when we start acting like our stereotypes then we are just reinforcing this thought process.
Two of the bloggers plagiarized post clarifications of their own in response to both the drama and to Kristi’s apology.
Kristi knew full well where the “inspiration” was coming from because she consistently visited our original posts the SAME DAY that the plagiarized posts were published on her own site. She knew exactly what she was doing.
It wasn’t case of confusion, it wasn’t a case of “inspiration” gone wrong.
It was a case of pure laziness and she got caught.
I want you to know that I am a hobby blogger. This is not my full-time job. You know what my “real” job is? I’m a Web writer and editor, a content developer—not a “wanna-be writer,” not someone with aspirations—but a bonafide, paid writer.
Tweeting with someone yesterday, I noted that the ultimate insult is that people think I do not know how all this plagiarism stuff works because—gasp!—I’m just a fashion blogger.
I’m not just a fashion blogger. I have a Master’s Degree in English/Technical and Professional Writing, and I have published in magazines, papers, and online. I KNOW THE RULES OF WRITING. I KNOW WHAT PLAGIARISM IS.
I would never, ever pass someone’s work off as my own, because my voice and integrity are not only all I have as a writer, to do something like that would end my career, and my income. I resent having my name dragged through the mud because of a situation I did not bring upon myself.
AnimeJune also gives her opinion on Kristi’s clarification post and her own lesson in plagiarism in her fantastic post.
1. Plagiarism is wrong. I know it sounds like this should be obvious to everybody but clearly a few people need a little more education. It’s okay to like or have liked this blogger (you can actually count me in that group), but that doesn’t mean you should sugar-coat or ignore the implications of what happened. She willingly plagiarized another person’s work and if she had been doing so in any professional field she would have been fired.
I’ve seen commenters frantically hand-waving it by saying, “Oh, well, she just copied Blog Tips and Tricks – none of those are original to begin with.” Um, she didn’t just copy tips and tricks – she also copied the format, the page design and also the sentence structure and syntax – things which naturally tend to vary from person to person and are what differentiates one writer’s style from another’s.
Finally, the unthinkable happens, and the victims and bloggers speaking out against Kristi begin receiving hate mail.
Smart Bitches compiles a list of the Plagiarism Bingo and the hate mail received by both themselves and the fashion bloggers involved.
A second, lesser drama errupted out of Sirengate as a very small time blogger posted, complaining over the lack of originality in other book bloggers – especially compared to their own blog. People were enraged which mostly seemed to be taken as great encouragement by the blogger.
And people call us shit-stirrers.
Things YOU can do:
To make a stand against plagiarism, there are a few things you can do.
1. Stop linking to, and visiting The Story Siren.
2. Stop participating in In My Mailbox. Tynga Reviews is hosting a synonymous blog meme Stacking The Shelves for those looking for an alternative.
3. For both authors and bloggers – don’t participate in the Debut Author Challenge. J.R.Dark is posing a possible alternative here. So go and show your support!
4. Sign up to the Stop Blog Plagiarism site.
There are also multiple variations on both the IMM meme and Debut Author Challenge listed here.
Jennifer Armintrout’s debacle.
Author Jennifer Armintrout is doing a multi-chaptered scathing review of E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey.
The other chapter recaps go almost exclusively without comment until another author, infamous for the drama and review policing of her own and her friend’s books, comments. Suddenly… DRAMA! Controversy! MORE DRAMA! Outrage! Scandal! PEARL-CLUTCHING!
For fear that decline…something… would descend our society into complete…they began courageously blacklisting in response to Armintrout’s review.
But… they blacklisted the wrong person, apparently.