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09 July 2006 @ 05:14 pm
I located my ARC of the recently disgraced HOW OPAL MEHTA GOT KISSED GOT WILD AND GOT A LIFE when I was doing some much needed weeding last month. It has taken me a while to get around to reading it as it was not as much a priority as doing the reading for my Quick Picks meetings at ALA in New Orleans. However, a nice thunderstorm this afternoon gave me a window to read this maligned novel. I cannot speak to the plagiarism and much has already been written about the passages that were lifted almost verbatim. But...what was all the hoopla to begin with, folks? I mean, it was a fun read, a little diversion, but stellar, ground breaking, and all that jazz? I mean, it's not all that and a bag of chips.

I enjoyed reading about Opal and her plan to get into Harvard. What I still do not understand is why the author was lauded as the next coming. It is a well written and nicely plotted story, but it is not oh, let's say a Printz candidate.

Anyhow, now I can find a safe place to put the book which might be worth some money as a curiosity some day, I guess.

Back to reading some fresh stuff next week as I head off to San Angelo........

Current Mood: confusedconfused
thunderchikin on July 9th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
I am equally mystified, byt this book and by the wave of surface-silly books for teen females. I refuse to believe that teens are interested ony in fashion, shopping, and popular boys.
professornanaprofessornana on July 10th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
interesting you should mention this
Patty Campbell's SAND IN THE OYSTER column in the latest Horn Book addresses some of this and talks about the chick lit pitfalls (and I would argue OPAL is one of the negative examples) versus what a talented author can do with some of the same stereotypes and archetypes. Interesting reading as always.

I will note that I am a bit tired of the bored teen who has nothing to do but shop and IM and listen to her iPod.
dawncline on July 10th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
I cannot believe DreamWorks wants to turn this into a movie!
Even if she rewrites it, the message sent is it doesn't really matter if you plagiarize. Why would the publisher give her such a huge advance? I'm not pro-litigious in most circumstances, but I hope Ms. McCafferty sues the pants off her and it's splashed all over the media so people will realize copying and pasting is not authoring. It's kind of amusing that when you search amazon.com for the title, Sloppy Firsts is listed.:) I guess Publishers' Weekly didn't catch the copying either.
(Anonymous) on July 12th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
Plagiarism and Opal
I find myself agreeing with the previous commenter's dismay concerning "Hollywood" wanting to make this entire mess a movie. Please.

I'm currently an academic librarian and plagiarism is something we fight daily; understanding it, trying to make students aware that copy and paste is indeed wrong, and seeing it happen day in and day out. Glamorizing the incident just highlights an already bad situation and rewards the young woman for plagiarizing in the first place.
(Anonymous) on July 19th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
First of all, I am glad I found this blog. I have bookmarked you. :)

I liked this book, but as you said, it isn't exactly groundbreaking. I have to say, it would make a fantastic movie, but I dont think this girl deserves to make any more money off of a plagiarized novel!

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(Anonymous) on July 25th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
I typed my blog address wrong. It's librarygoddess.blogspot.com.