Student Plagarist

A recently-published novel by Harvard undergraduate Kaavya Viswanathan ’08, “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life,” contains several passages that are strikingly similar to two books by Megan F. McCafferty—the 2001 novel “Sloppy Firsts” and the 2003 novel “Second Helpings.” At one point, “Opal Mehta” contains a 14-word passage that appears verbatim in McCafferty’s book “Sloppy Firsts.”

Whole article by Davis Zhou can be found at The Harvard Crimson.

It’s sooo aggravating and disheartening that people believe they can cheat their way through. And, get paid very well when they accomplish it.

I guess it’s too bad for those who follow the rules. 😦


6 Comments on “Student Plagarist”

  1. Haven Rich says:

    No April, its too bad for those who break the rules. I truly think that “what comes around goes around” or some such thing. Point being, you cheat, you will one day be caught. And with any luck it doesn’t do it lightly so the lesson is learned.

    Those of us that do follow the rules, we get a better nights sleep for it.

    Hope all is well with you,

  2. Emmie says:

    I wonder sometimes though. At times I can imagine that someone will use a phrase that someone else has without realising. Maybe you read the piece at some point, and it’s in your subconscious. I don’t think everyone might ‘cheat’ on purpose.

    14 words do seem like a lot though. But again, maybe she doesn’t realise it was from somewhere else? (Also, it would depend on what’s written as well.. if it’s really original etc. I don’t think anyone could complain if you wrote something along the lines of, his eyes narrowed dangerously as he gave her a fierce look since I have a feeling it’s been used several times.

    But then there are the people who really do ‘cheat’. And we don’t like those people 🙂

    Have you heard about the complaints about Dan Brown’s the Da Vinci code? Apparently someone complains that he cheated too!

  3. I read today in PW that there were 40 different passages that were plagarized in this case (not Brown’s the girl) That’s way too many for subconscious rentention, in my view! 🙂

    I can see where it may happen in a rare case, but not this one!

    Now, in Dan Brown’s case, the courts held up his end of the story, so who knows.

  4. A.A.A says:

    I feel sorry for her. I wonder what’s going to happen next.

  5. I don’t feel sorry for her. She’s a thief.

    OTOH–Maybe I should pity her lack of conscience, and hope that she could be a better person.

  6. Anonymous says:

    bullshit–that plagarist will benefit from it because there is political correctness will allow the issue to be soft-pedaled–she should be severly condemned–her “accidental” plagarism..what a crock–one meust admit she’s learned her lesson well, lie, lie, lie, follow the lead of America’s finest, the lawyers, politicians, the ceo’s who plunder…lie, cheat and steal–screw anyone who has a sense of ethics–if it isn’t screwed down, steal it! That’s America in the 21st century…

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