There’s a story making the rounds of KBoards right now that just gets weirder the more you read about it.
I started following it when I noticed this thread had been locked: UPDATE: #113 on Kindle and #70 on B&N
OK, I thought. Someone went too far on self-promotion, and a moderator shut him/her down. I scrolled down the thread and discovered that this writer, who had suddenly shot up the charts, was being accused of plagiarism on Dear Author.
Oops. And there was another thread on KBoards: “More author plagiarism? This time of Easy by Tammara Webber”
Scrolling down the Dear Author article and the KBoards thread, it looks like this story, entitled Amazingly Broken, was plagiarizing two different books (and maybe more).
But it gets better! An alert reader on KBoards noticed this entry on Fanfiction.net: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9063496/1/Amazingly-Damaged (Note the similarity of title. And the fact that it’s the author’s only story.)
There’s also the fact that an alert reader of that story had already raised the possibility of plagiarism.
As someone on KBoards put it:
The author of this train wreck stole a Twilight fan fiction that had plagiarized from two popular New Adult titles?
Now, what seems more likely is that the author plagiarized two (or more) popular novels to create the fanfic, which was then turned into an NA (New Adult, for those of you not up on the jargon) Romance. Which then shot up the sales charts on Amazon and B&N.
The book page on Amazon has been taken down, so good on Amazon for taking action so quickly. Just goes to show how quickly the Internet can act!
I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of this story yet, so stay tuned. Can you believe what people think they can get away with?