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  • The amazing teen fiction factory

    Writing fiction may no longer be a solitary exercise: other people may be involved too besides the person named as the author on the book cover. The New York Times spills the beans on how some teen fiction gets written. Kaavya Viswanthan is named as the author of How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild […]

  • How to write a bestseller — like an ad

    Only the author’s name may appear on the book cover. But the book itself may be the product of team work much like a commercial advertisement. Writing a novel need not longer be a solitary exercise of a writer pegging away alone, putting down thoughts on paper. Indian-born Harvard sophomore Kaavya Viswanathan apparently received expert […]

  • Opal Mehta eats crow

    Time to eat crow. Harvard sophomore Kaavya Viswanathan has apologised to Megan McCafferty for borrowing words and phrases from her books, Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings. I should apologise too to Harvard Crimson for questioning its coverage of the story. In my post yesterday, I noted the Harvard newspaper in one of its early reports […]

  • A teen prodigy & Harvard reporters who can’t count

    Indian-born Kaavya Viswanathan, a Harvard sophomore, is being accused of plagiarism after news got out that her bestseller about student life will be made into a Steven Spielberg movie. But it has also revealed that Harvard Crimson newspaper reporters and editors can’t count. Count the words in this passage from Viswanathan’s book,  How Opal Mehta […]