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Cassandra Clare

So, Cassandra Clare. A friend of mine mentioned this author on her LJ and I Googled it. The book covers look very familiar, and the memory that floated up in response was of someone saying that this author plagiarizes everything she writes, mixing together passages from various books/authors. Is that true or rumor? Regardless of that, has anyone read these books? What was your opinion?

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_fakewings_
Sep. 28th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
I haven't read them myself, but all of the plagiarism comments I've heard have been about her fanfiction, not about her novels.
devi42
Sep. 28th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
I haven't read the novels but, as the previous commentator said, there was an issue with her fan fiction. She wrote a series of incredibly popular Harry Potter Draco fan fics in which she often wove quotes from television shows, movie, and books.

To the best of my recollection, she always listed the sources for the quotes at the end of each chapter so that you could go back do do a sort of "Where's Waldo" with the quotes. Nevertheless, there were (I think) complaints and the Draco fan fics were taken offline.
fayanora
Sep. 29th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oh. Okay. Thanks!
jawastew
Sep. 28th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
I think those accusations were about her fanfiction, not her books.
ladybubblegum
Sep. 28th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, that refers to her Harry Potter fanfiction, not her original novels.

I tried reading the first book in her series, but it didn't grab my attention, so I never finished it.
gnomenapper
Sep. 28th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
It's from her fan fiction. A friend of mine gave me the lo-down when I was concerned about the rumors, and not wanting to support such a writer. (She had recommended the books when I was on a YA craze. She knows of Claire from her love of HP fan fiction.) Apparently she used a song or something in a story, but didn't give proper credit. My friend made it seem relatively innocent. I don't know if this is the exact details though.
I will say that after reading her novels I found things incredibly similar to Harry Potter (the fan fiction she used to write for.) Yes circumstances and exact details etc. are different, but you can't walk away without knowing she was strongly influenced by JK Rowling's world.

cannibaldoll
Sep. 28th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
As the people above me pointed out, the plagiarism refers to her fanfiction, not her novels. Although fans of her stories have pointed out that she borrows liberally from herself. (Copying passages from her fics straight into the novels.) Also there have been many parallels made between her books and fandoms such as Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I read City of Bones, and found it quite boring and derivative.
nicbemused
Sep. 28th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
moonshadow
Sep. 28th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
OMG, I will be forever grateful that you turned me on to the fact that fandomwank now has a WIKI. And there is even an update on the MsScribe drama since the last time I read! <3, squee, and other over-used expressions of joy.
nicbemused
Sep. 29th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
:D Anytime. Makes for entertaining reading from time to time.
cherryfruit
Sep. 28th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Cassandra Clare was a big name fan in the Harry Potter fandom before she started being published. However, she had a tendency to rip jokes from Buffy and copy passages from books she likes.

Despite a huge simularity between her main characters and the ones she'd write about in her fanfics, she seems like she's mostly over the plagiarism thing now.
peanut13171
Sep. 28th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
I read the first book and I thought her writing showed promise. What she lacks is the ability to plot intelligently. Her characters do stuff to further the plot, not because it makes sense.

The most egregious example is at the end, the "good guys" have the chance to kill the Very Evil Guy, but don't. That's so there can be a second book.

There were a couple of other really glaring examples of stupidities so that xyz could happen and that was just too many. I can't stand people doing stupid things just so the plot can churn along. So I won't be reading more of her stuff.

Now, that said, there are lots of people who do like her books, so I think you should give her a try. But get the book from the library.
acharmedlife
Sep. 29th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
No, the stuff you heard about plagiarism was from way back in the day when she wrote Harry Potter fanfic. "Back in the day" as in like... 2001.

Personally I enjoy her published fiction. I think the books are a fun, easy read
keetoma
Sep. 30th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
I actually am in the middle of her second book.
I love them, but personally I haven't been reminded of Harry Potter.
You could take any fantasy or science fiction writer's works and find something alike as JK Rowling's Harry Potter, but personally I don't find it in her books, considering she is a huge fan of Harry Potter.
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