Cassandra Clare in trouble for plagiarism – AGAIN

Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunterverse #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I am tired of fan fiction authors “borrowing” other authors’ ideas and going on to receive major book and movie deals.

Former fan fiction writer Cassandra Clare is back in some trouble. It’s not the first time she has been caught up in a plagiarism scandal, and yet it doesn’t seem to have damaged her career.

Read about the first plagiarism scandal HERE or HERE or HERE.

Now it is paranormal romance author Sherrilyn Kenyon who is taking her to court:

Sherrilyn Kenyon sues Cassandra Clare for ‘wilfully copying’ her novels

The bestselling fantasy author of the Dark-Hunter books is seeking damages from her fellow bestseller for allegedly using her ideas in the Shadowhunter series

In Clare’s defence this time, I really don’t think it is the worst incident of this that has ever happened. There is a NYT bestselling author who is extremely popular at the moment, and who has very openly copied (or perhaps “lovingly rewritten”) numerous authors’ books.

She has created two series that are a mashup of a few other books, to the point I think there really is a case for a lawsuit or four.

In fact, this other person has upset some so much I’ve been contacted by a few authors asking me what they think they should do. (A note to authors: don’t ask me! I sympathise, but I have NO IDEA how to help you!)

But when it comes down to it, there aren’t that many wholly original books in genre fiction, so it gets a bit hard to determine when an idea is truly stolen.

Ironically, look what is on the cover of the newest RT Magazine:

c1rt_mar16RT MAGAZINE COVER MARCH 2016 CASSANDRA CLARE plagiarism debate

Plagiarism and the murky ethics of pull-to-publish fan fiction don’t seem to be hurting anyone’s careers yet – except for the original creators’!

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3 thoughts on “Cassandra Clare in trouble for plagiarism – AGAIN

  1. There is a NYT bestselling author who is extremely popular at the moment, and who has very openly copied (or perhaps “lovingly rewritten”) numerous authors’ books.

    This makes me sad! What’s worse is that offline readers rarely ever find out about these things. When I see plagiarists’ works in the library, I face them in or if they’re paperbacks hide them where they’re least likely to be seen. 🙂

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  3. “But when it comes down to it, there aren’t that many wholly original books in genre fiction, so it gets a bit hard to determine when an idea is truly stolen.”

    And that, right there, is the problem. It seems that so very, very many of the books that come across my desk these days are simply the same thing, churned over and over until you can read the first page and know exactly how the book will lay out. First A, then B, then C.

    I have found an interesting “new to me” author I am reading now – Sara King, “Alaskan Fire”. IT is free on Kindle Unlimited if you want to check it out. I will write the review when I finish, but so far, it is great.

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