This is both off the cuff, and something I’ve been thinking about for literally years now. I want to be very clear from the get go that this isn’t guilt about writing “bad” reviews… by which I mean negative. I think readers and reviewers should be able to write whatever their thoughts on a book/movie etc that they want, as long as it isn’t malicious. (I mean obviously generally personal attacks are off the table, but if the author is say, a Nazi … fair game.) As you can see there are many reasons I’ve put off writing this post. And I’m trying to not get into too many pitfalls and cans of worms and such. Anyway – if I hated a book, I can rant about it to my heart’s content. As could you. Anyone could and more importantly should be allowed to. If they don’t want to, fine. If they do want to, fine. And fuck the person who tries to police or shame anyone into writing “negative” reviews. I’m also going to focus on book reviews here. A review should be the readers thoughts on the book. What they liked, or didn’t like about it. Some people like posting book summaries as reviews. People have different styles.
She doesn’t like me. I wanted to joke in the subject and say I made a new friend but … that would be a lie. I’m sure the internet will be all abuzz with things. And I’ve already seen two posts at least. It started at 6:46 PM on Friday.
[Sorry, for all the twitter screencaps, you have to read from the bottom of the image; that’s how twitter time lines work. Confusing, I know.]
To which I of course, being me, and stupid and silly, threw this out there after some conversation with Lorelei.
And boy, were people ever. You can check the other blogs and posts for that. I’m not even going to get into the onslaught tweets and such – however there are a few stand out incidents. And WTFery.
First of all, when she got back online, she immediately changed her profile. It had been this.
It has since been deleted, and her new [as of me writing this post] twitter handle is @BelTeltweets but she’s made this account protected. [You can obviously tell they’re the same though.]
While I was writing this post, she deleted that profile too! But you can see how it looked.
My issues, however, were that she was getting props – and possibly money for her plagiarism. You can clearly tell here that this is a copy of Lorelei’s All Jacked Up – with just (some) of the names changed. (Er, so photobucket shrank it; I’m sure someone will have it.) Anyway, this was her site: ihadthestrangestdream.weebly.com/ but it’s been taken down. You can run cache searches if you like. I decided not to add that screencap.
And here is weebly congratulating her on all the hits. And the link for advertising in the image.
So, that peeved me. But then what made me mad, was how Alison was acting on twitter. I couldn’t get everything because she blocked me. 😀 (And I wasn’t even being mean to her! No – seriously.)
And of course there was more. (And even more that isn’t shown here.)
Submitted without comment, this is, I believe the “cutting” tweet she was talking about. (She never did confirm though, before she deleted everything. There were a few other comments but more about cuts/papercuts because of her twitter bio.)
But the thing is … Alison didn’t just plagiarize Lorelei. She’d also plagiarized Renea Taylor. All credit goes to Sunita D and her super sleuth skills for finding this and pointing it out.
This is the story, and she’s changed Renea Taylor’s Beyond Right or Wrong from first person to third, and deleted some words. (Based on my quick comparison of the two – I got a kindle sample.) Apologies for the screencap; I have no idea what photobucket will do.
But more than that, apparently Alison has (had) a review site. (Where she plagiarized reviews too) Which she has since discovery also cleared. Here is just one example; and yes there were more. Her site was found by Shari Slade who did a lot of looking around the ‘net, when Alison decided to try and pretend nothing happened and she did no wrong. Awwww in the past ~half hour of my checking her site [since her removing all posts] she managed to add a wah wah cyber bullying post.
(I also have all the images full size, of course, but this post I’m sure is already miserable unwieldy as it stands.)
BUT WAIT. Yes, my friends, there is yet more. And this just makes me sick. Like, on top of how I was already feeling about everything else. (And considering I like to think I was one of the first to lead the twitter charge…)
W. W. Norton is very possibly paying for her MA. Or at least they may be helping/have helped her with that. No. Just. No.
And that’s all from me for now. (Maybe ever.) But… I’m sure there will be much more floating around the net soon. With lots of screencaps. But I just had to touch base with the WTFery. And… does anyone have ties with W. W. Norton? Is this the kind of person they’re hiring? Cuz… look I need a job, and I can at least not do this shit!
Ahem. Sorry – you know me. Can’t leave it on a heavy note.
But seriously. There’s so much what. the. absolute. fuck. going on here it’s mind blowing. And I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg, I’m sure.
Why post this? First, it’s not ok. Next, because of how she’s handling this. If she would have just said “yes, I’m sorry – it was stupid, and wrong.” Then end of story. But all of this? Well, that just gets my back up. The deception and playing the victim and pretending it isn’t her? If you google – you can easily see how her blog, and twitter, and I’m sure other various sites were all linked. (Which yes, I and multiple others have sceencaps of, but I felt that unnecessary to add here. And you know – a google search will show you too.)
And beyond that? Based on how she’s acting now? She’ll do it again. And I want each and every one of us to be aware.
[p.s. – again with the “not heavy” – I hate how the subject looks. I love random capitalization in post titles. And I feel like I shouldn’t do it here. But God I want to.]