aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Is plagarism really just a cutting-edge concept of artistry?

You always wonder about these 17 year olds who turn out books. First there was How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life by Kaavya Viswanathan. Which turned out to have a healthy heaping of other people's writing in it: Megan McCafferty, Sophie Kinsella, and even Salman Rushdie. [ See side by side comparisons and read more here.]

And now there's a German 17 year old who wrote a bestseller. Salon Magazine says, "Helene Hegemann, who wrote the best-selling tale of drugging and clubbing, "Axolotl Roadkill," is defending the practice, telling one German newspaper, "I myself don't feel it is stealing, because I put all the material into a completely different and unique context and from the outset consistently promoted the fact that none of that is actually by me.""


She also said she practices "intertextuality" and explains, "Very many artists use this technique ... by organically including parts in my text, I am entering into a dialogue with the author."

Maybe that sounds better in German.

Read more here.

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