Hey guys! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and is starting their week off right! I wanted to take some time today to pick your brains on a situation I found myself in over the last 24 hours. Over the past day or so — while catching up on your thoughtful and entertaining posts — I came across a fellow blogger’s review of one of my favorite reads of the year. Naturally, I insta-clicked and started reading. I was especially eager to read this particular review because:
1) I loved this book
2) One of my favorite parts about the book community is seeing how fellow readers interpreted the same material
3) I had discussed this book — at length — with the blogger in question on my very own review and was excited to read their final take — especially since their review had been posted for several days and had escaped my commentary…
So consider me startled when I started seeing lines from my own review sprinkled throughout their post. In some case practically verbatim, which is what brings me to today’s chat:
Does Plagiarism Exist Within The Book Community?
I know as a tight-knit community with similar interests and views we’re bound to have comparable thoughts. But when those thoughts appear elsewhere, are identical — down to descriptive word choices — in nature, and aren’t credited back to the original author — are we — as writers — allowed to be bothered? Is it an honor? A coincidence? Purely accidental? Bound to happen eventually? How are we supposed to feel when words we painstakingly drafted from thin air are passed off as someone elses?
In the past when I feel I’ve had similar viewpoints to posts I’ve seen I’ve tried to address it point blank. In efforts to protect their (fellow bloggers) intellectual property, I’ve always drawn attention to the fact that the opinion runs rampant or given credit to the person that inspired me (see #4). I feel like giving credit where credit’s due should be a no brainer, but maybe I’m alone in this opinion?
Have you found yourself in this situation? What is your take on this issue?
I know I’m just a tiny blog and that my reviews aren’t changing the world, but isn’t that why we write? To get our OWN voice out there? To see if people understand and agree with OUR opinions.
This is the first time I’ve run into something like this and your comments and feedback are greatly appreciated.
I promise to be back and chipper tomorrow! As always, happy reading!