Plagiarism-in-fiction round-up: “Opal” a little red-faced, Brown upside down

Chick lit author Kaavya Viswanathan, whose name we couldn’t pronounced even with a gun in our fishy faces, has copped to plagiarizing part of her first novel – sort of.

Accused of plagiarizing parts of the recently-published “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life” told the New York Times that she had borrowed language from Megan McCafferty’s
books “Sloppy Firsts” and “Second Helpings.”

Per the Times,

“Ms. Viswanathan added, “I wasn’t aware of how much I may have internalized Ms. McCafferty’s words.” She also apologized to Ms. McCafferty and said that future printings of the novel would be revised to “eliminate any inappropriate similarities.”

Need a translation of that last quote? That’s “eliminate any litigation.”

Elsewhere, Dan Brown, who’s facing yet another plagiarism case after handily winning his last one, made a rare public disclosure on Sunday which made headlines around the world:

“When stuck on points of the plot [of “The DaVinci Code”] Brown would dangle upside down from a pair of “gravity boots” to think it out, he told 850 people at the sell-out event presented by New Hampshire Public Radio and The Music Hall of Portsmouth on Sunday.”

They’re $94 on Amazon.com, people. Get ’em while they’re still cheap.