We have all been aware of some plagiarism recently. It seems to have spiked for some reason. I don’t know if it’s the new year, or the fact we all survived the apocalypse or what. But here I am, with my unfortunate story that I feel obliged to share.
I hate drama and wanted to settle the matter privately, but after the follow up that arose, and being warned that she was going around telling people I was falsely accusing and bullying her, I have no choice but to show my side of the story.
I was approached by a friend of mine who was on this blog reading a review of Alice in Zombieland. They found some similarities to my own review and approached me about it. After reading the review myself, I not only noticed the 1 example they had found, but 5 of them–and this was only by skimming. I did not bother reading any more as I had enough to prove it was taken off of mine and I emailed them a cease and desist letter. Reviews are a way to express myself, I don’t want my words on anyone else’s blog. Asking politely to remove it is not, in any way, bullying, or “making myself feel better” or any of the other things I have been accused of because I dared approach someone of stealing my words.
So here goes.
Below I’m only posting the examples I found. You can find my whole review here.
(These are actually screenshots which is why they look offset)
So I go:
And she goes:
And then I go:
My turn again:
Ok back to me:
And lastly… I say:
She says (or maybe it’s my alter ego? Huh):
Now, am I wrong here, to assume that she copied off me? Because in my email, yes I assumed. I didn’t ask if she mistakenly took a few words and put them in her review during a lack or clarity or something… So wanting to stay out of the drama that I avoid like spiders, I email her this to ask her to take her review down.
Her reply was:
**Edit to note that this person follows my goodreads (screenshot here).. yet she’s never heard of me?
Ok fine. I replied with a very short paragraph that simply said I did assume based on the basically word for word examples given. Then I planned to just let it go. It was gone from her blog. I was done with it. Moving on.
But THEN… of course it never ends does it? I start getting harassed.. BY HER MOTHER! On Twitter! If you know me, you know I rarely complain on Twitter. I just don’t like to be negative it’s boring. But did morning I actually did, I tweeted something that is completely unrelated to this about “idea theft” and I get this reply hours later from this person who I had absolutely no idea who she was, nor what she was referring to:
So ok I figure I’m not her biggest fan or whatnot. Not everyone has to like me. Fine. I didn’t reply and blocked her right away because I don’t need people tweeting me stuff like this to ruin a perfectly good day.
I get home a bit later and my friend tells me the girl who plagiarized me is talking to this Julisa person. So then I realize that she’s someone who thinks I was in the wrong by approaching Ali about my review.
So then my friend intervened:
And because of what follows I just want to note that my ONLY tweet to this woman, was this one in reply to Kara’s:
And then this happened:
I don’t know about anyone else’s opinion on this, but in my own, I’m not the bully, here.
Anyways, I will not be re-reading this so sorry for any typos or whatnot (I’m famous for them). I wanted to say my piece. I will not have my name slandered around Twitter for something that I was a victim of. PLUS, I have heard the girl went privately to some of my blog friends and accused me of falsely accusing her. That is not ok! So I have decided to put all the proof I have out there, and let the chips lie where they fall.