Felicia Lee, reporter from the Times, provided an excellent summary of the Cassie Edwards plagiarism issue that broke on the blog, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. While some around the community believe that exposure of this issue is a black eye on romance, I think the majority of the response showed the genre to a good light.
The news of the plagiarism issue made it across the Atlantic. The Daily Telegraph reported on the issue stating “Mrs Edwards and Penguin, her publisher, have tried to shrug off the controversy.” Later on, the report sites the new press release by Penguin, but it doesn’t let it or Edwards off the hook.
One thing I don’t like is the Edwards v. Roberts tone of some of the news articles I’ve read because this isn’t about Nora Roberts at all, any more than it is about Edwards v. John Barrie, the plagiarism expert. It’s about Edwards and the conscious decisions she made and the writers who have been directly affected. Behind that, it’s about the community and not any one particular author.
Thanks Nora for sticking up for the genre and therefore its readers. It’s not an easy road to take to make yourself a target.