This week’s Buzz Worthy News includes a rating system for YA books, a marvelous book concept, awesome blogger revenge on a plagiarist, and scandal, scandal and MORE scandal! Check it out and enjoy!
Buzz Worthy News is a regular Monday feature on Cuddlebuggery aimed at keeping you informed and up-to-date on the latest book world news, blogging posts and drama.
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Book World News
“Should Young Adult (YA) books be given movie-style ratings?
Yes, according to Dr Sarah Coyne, an assistant professor at Brigham Young University, who is one of four authors of an academic journal article published on May 18th, detailing the prevalence of swearwords in YA books.
As for who the ratings would be designed for, Coyne explained to US News and World Report, “a content warning on the back I think would empower parents.””
Naughty words in books. Oh dear! However shall the teens navigate such heinousness?
“With the benefit of hindsight, the introduction of such codes and regulations look like little more than thinly veiled paternalism and self-censorship, stirred up through melodrama and hyperbole to satisfy prudish religious figures and conservative politicians.
In an internet age, not to mention a country in which the first amendment is so highly prized, it seems doubtful that a new restrictive code either should or could ever be applied to books of any kind.”
My favourite comments:
“Rather than require a rating system for YA books, I’d prefer to require stupid people to get a license before writing articles on YA books.” -for that dastardly deviant, Rick Lipman. LIPMAN!
“This content rating system for YA is a patently ridiculous idea. Kids are coming up with profane terms we’ve never even considered.” -Fake Editor (I hear they’re a fake. IS IT TRUE?)
“Instead of parents moaning about needing a YA rating system they should just read the books w/ their kids and discuss.” -Bethany L Griffith (My goodness! Reading with your kids? What madness is this?)
Source: Huffington Post
Better World Books is doing something pretty fantabulous, be we’ll let you read it from the source.
The literacy mission at Better World Books isn’t something that’s tacked on — it’s always been part of our DNA. Starting August 15, 2011, we are making an additional commitment to a simple system: You buy, we donate – Book for BookTM.
Every time you buy a book at BetterWorldBooks.com, we donate a book to someone in need.
That’s it! No qualifications, no exceptions, no fine print. We want to make doing good as easy as possible for our outrageously passionate community. Fortunately for our hard-working shipping teams, that extra good karma doesn’t take up any extra space.
Oh! We know that old news for some, but I only just recently discovered it – and…and…ISN’T THAT FANTASTIC?!
SOURCE: Better World Books
A map has been mad of the highest concentration of people buying or reading 50 Shades of Grey. Basically, Goodreads compiled data, making two maps of the USA. One based on which states were reading Fifty Shades of Grey, and which states rate it higher.
Fifty Shades of Grey continues to top best-seller lists after almost three months of dominance: The trilogy sold 10 million copies in six weeks, there are long wait-lists at libraries and bookstores, and even Saturday Night Live spoofed the book’s popularity in a skit! So, Goodreads took a look at the US stats behind the phenomenon. Where are the “Grey States”?
The country is pretty clearly divided. More readers in the eastern half of the US are devouring the sexual adventures of Christian and Anastasia. The states with the highest readers per capita are located primarily in the Tri-State and New England area: New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, and New York.
If you define “Grey States” by their average rating of the book, the landscape changes. The regions with readers who give Fifty Shades of Grey the highest average ratings are the Southern and Plains states—Mississippi, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.
So, basically it seems that Tri-state area are reading it a lot – but mostly for the lols. Mississippi, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Nebraska – what kind of kinky shenanigans are you hiding down there!
“When All American Blogger Duane Lester discovered that a Missouri newspaper had allegedly plagiarized one of his blog posts, he drafted a letter and visited the newspaper with a video camera.
You can watch his entire confrontation in the video embedded above–an educational moment for all writers. Ethics Alarms called the video “the perfect and ethical way to handle a confrontation.” Follow this link to read Lester’s original article, a long piece about an audit of the Sheriff’s Office in Holt County, Missouri.”
For anyone who’s been plagiarized – I am sure watching the victim get their own back was nice.
It really shouldn’t be any more of a big deal then any other marvel character getting married and it sucks that it has become an issue instead of just a sweet and cool event for fans of the couple.
The Daily Mail reports:
“Marvel seems to be upping the ante by announcing the planned wedding, as Northstar’s sexual orientation is not news.
Northstar revealed he was gay in the pages of ‘Alpha Flight’ No. 106 in 1992, one of Marvel Entertainment’s first characters to do so.
Ten years later, in 2002, gay characters Apollo and the Midnighter were married in the pages of ‘The Authority’ published by DC’s Wildstorm imprint.”
Lame people protest. I won’t quote them because they’re not worth the page space.
But don’t Jean-Paul and Kyle look lovely and so sweet?!
SOURCE: Daily Mail
The biggest scandal to erupt this week was the week-long plagiarism project held by the known plagiarist, The Story Siren.
Cuddlebuggery Book Blog does not link to The Story Siren page so each article has been captured by Rameau so that people could read without visiting the page – an is posted below for anyone interested in the content.
There was general disbelief and outrage from many quarters of the book blogging world. The first post by Sarah Cross was posted without explanation or preamble by Kristi – causing much confusion and disappointment amongst bloggers and blog-readers.
Kristi soon posted an explanation and kicked off the week
Criticisms came due to the fact that many of the posts were generally dismissive of the plagiarism performed by Kristi, defending her and making it seem as though it was a simple mistake that anyone could make. Kristi’s admission and apology was also take with heavy skepticism by the blogs she plagiarized who have STILL not received a straight-forward, honest, complete apology.
Steph says: “Oh, Irony, you think you’re funny don’t you? A plagiarist having a week long educational week about plagiarism, where Cassandra Clare, a known plagiarist, is defended. LOL, what? That’s like Chris Brown becoming the spokesperson for domestic violence, while defending Bobby Brown. *facepalm* Get me off this planet.”
As chronicled here, by LKH Lashout LiveJournal.
This is absolutely nothing new for Hamilton who performs her semi-annual rant-a-thon every time a book of hers comes out, the moon wanes or the winds shift.
This time is was on Twitter.
Yes. That is exactly it. We’re just angry that Anita has sex with men. Riiiight.
LKH goes on to blog about all those mean, mean haters and about… stuff.
“They will hate you. Someone, somewhere, sometime, will hate you. It is going to happen at some point in your life, probably several times. You can’t be nice enough, or good enough, or scary enough, or bully enough, to prevent them from hating you.
Why will they hate you? So many reasons, here are just a few.
They may hate you for the color of your skin, your sexual orientation, that you’re prettier than they are, that you’re uglier than they are, more popular, less popular, your religion, your lack of religion, that you’re more successful than they are, that you’re less successful than they are, that you are a better athlete than they will ever be, that you’re a worse athlete than they are now, that you dropped a ball, you caught a ball, you ran a touchdown, you fumbled a touchdown, that you write better than they ever will, that you have a happy family & they don’t, that your married & they want to be, that you’re single & they want to be, you have kids, you don’t have kids, you have a bigger house than they do, better job, no job, a lot of money, very little money, your grammar doesn’t meet their standards, you’re taller, shorter, too loud, too soft spoken, getting more sex than they are . . . The list goes on forever.
Don’t let the hatred get you down, or stop you from doing what you need to do, just do it, be yourself, & let them hate you. They will hate you no matter what you do, just don’t let that hatred, that envy, that jealousy, do anything, but let you know you are you, & since the only thing you can be is yourself, let them hate you. Let them eat their own hearts out with envy. Let them choke themselves on their feelings of inadequacy that they project on you. Let their jealousy blind them to their own highest truth. Let their self-loathing use you as a substitute for themselves. Let their fear narrow their world & destroy their own possibility of happiness. Know that hate breeds only bitterness & failure in the end. Do not hate them back, because then they own you. Don’t give them any power in your life. Don’t try to understand them, because if you are doing what you are most meant to do, following your greatest & best path in your life, you will have no time to hate, you will be too busy living.”
SOURCE: LKH Lashouts Livejournal
Parajunkee, righteous badass and awesome blogger, blogged about trouble she’s been having lately with a Giveaway cheater.
“Someone took advantage of that trust. Trust that was given because most of them follow the rules. They assumed, because they follow the rules, that everyone else in the community is also following the straight and narrow path. But, just because they are a trust worthy group doesn’t mean they walk around with their eyes closed. So, when PJ got a tweet that mentioned two things “cheating” and “giveaway” it really upset her. Because most of PJs readers were following rules, doing what they were supposed to and entering the giveaway without cheating. Yet, there is always a few…and it was so easy to check.”
Parajunkee goes on to chronicle the excellent method she uses to discover cheats. We wanted to take this opportunity to comment on our own experiences.
That’s the screenshot of the cheater’s IP.
Wait a minute… that IP looks SO familiar. Where have I seen that IP before?
Taken from our giveaway rules:
“Also, please understand we reserve the right to disqualify any entries we find gaming the system. Cheaters never prosper!”
Kat and I work exceedingly hard on this blog with coming up with new content, hunting down authors for fun interviews, taking time out of our lives to go to author signings just to give those books away on the blog, and even paying out of pocket for books for giveaways. And if you notice, most of our giveaways are almost always international. We love our readers and we love promoting great reads. So color us surprised when we noticed last month someone had been trying to game our giveaway system. At first, we thought it was just a glitch with Rafflecopter. We drew a name for the Eve giveaway, but noticed that person had double entries. As such, that entry was disqualified. But then last week Parajunkee mentioned she also had discovered something odd. There were multiple email address and multiple facebook accounts for just one IP address. It was not coincidence. As we looked over the current entries for our Stormdancer giveaway (still going on, by the way!), we saw there were double entires yet again!
Friends, we have ourselves a cheater. Not only is this person trying to game us, but they are gaming other bloggers too. You are betraying trust. Kat and I will not stand for this. In the olden days we may have tar and feathered you, tied your body to a cart, dragged you through the streets, turned your house into a public privy.
But instead you’ll just have to stand for public mockery!
Did you really think you’d get away with this? Did you really think we wouldn’t notice? Did you not think we would be checking and double checking IP addresses? Did you think bloggers wouldn’t COMPARE NOTES? Shame, shame, shame on you!
Let this be a lesson for anyone thinking about cheating. We watch those entries like fucking hawks, ya hear? If we see multiple IPs for the same person, multiple email address, multiple twitters (one specifically for giveaways when you have another), multiple facebook accounts… anything like that, you are out and making Monday’s Buzz Worthy News. Don’t be a douche.
A final comment from Rachel: “PJ learned a lesson that day, that she should always check that her winners entered fairly in the giveaways, because if you reward a cheater it only makes them do it more if there aren’t repercussions. And this isn’t fair to all the people that enter and enter fairly each time…”
Good advice Rachel!