When our teachers told us not to plagiarize or fabricate our papers, they meant that shit! But there’s always a few idiots in every class who don’t listen, or who don’t think the rules apply to themselves.
Among these idiots are James Frey, author of one of Oprah’s former favorite books, and 19-year-old college student Kaavya Viswanathan.
Frey made up his autobiography. That’s called fiction, Jimmy Boy.
Sure, I could write a book detailing my myriad sexual exploits to rival Wilt Chamberlain’s, but it’d be bullshit. (It’d be really cool, though!)
Miss Viswanathan copied some of her work from others.
These people learned overnight what teachers didn’t even realize they were telling us for years: Dishonesty will damage your credibility as an author and make you persona non grata in the publishing world.
Oh yeah, then there are those multi-book, multimillion dollar deals you will lose.
Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, was recently cleared of plagiarism in a British court. The truth is, the authorship of every hit book, song or movie is contested by someone.
Dan, you can rest easy for now. You other folks need go to the back of the classroom, sit facing the wall and think about what you’ve done.
NOTE: Portions of this post were lifted wholesale from other sources.