Wednesday News: Plagiarism, motion publishing, Korean military romance, and women in the wild
The girl who stole my book: How Eilis O’Hanlon found out her crime novels were swiped by a stranger – For those who don’t read the comments to the news posts, “Anon” provided a link to this story in the comments to yesterday’s news post, and I think it deserves to be highlighted. Eilis O’Hanlon and Ian McConnell wrote several crime novels more than a decade ago as Ingrid Black. They ultimately published four novels in the Saxon series with Penguin, when their agent died and their editor left, stalling the series at that point. With rights reverted back to them, the co-authors had been preparing to release the Saxon series in digital, when one day they saw someone accusing author Joanne Clancy of plagiarizing the first book in the series. The odyssey the authors undertake to discover the truth and the compassion they ultimately show toward the plagiarist (whose books have since been removed by Amazon) are both pretty compelling. It’s also great because O’Hanlon provides actual examples of both books, so you can see what she means when she claims that the expression is almost identical.
The first step was to find out if there was any truth to that allegation. Amazon’s summary of the book in question, which had been released in August 2015, certainly sounded familiar: “The serial killer known as Tear Drop vanished almost a decade ago, and nothing has been heard from him . . . until now. As death stalks the dark streets of Cork City, Detective Elizabeth Ireland must embark upon a frightening psychological journey to uncover the killer’s identity.”
Still, a blurb wasn’t conclusive proof; there are only a limited number of plots. So Ian and I downloaded a free sample and started reading Chapter One. The truth soon became apparent. Donna Patel was right.
Tear Drop wasn’t simply similar to The Dead.
It was The Dead. Everything about it was the same, from the plot to the protagonist’s sarcastic manner of speaking, to the jokes, to the very structure of the sentences and paragraphs. – Independent.ie
The future of publishing is on your TV and in VR – Ignoring the hyperbolic title, motion technology does seem to be gaining popularity, and this technology, a motion book platform called Madefire, is looking to work with publishers to create “visual storytelling,” from animated comic book panels to television storyboards.
Beyond comic book content, how else is the platform used by publishers?
We are very interested in helping to create a new grammar for visual storytelling in the era of devices, and in VR.
We have some very interesting concepts for innovating in the reading of text and non-visual storytelling.
We are building relationships with media partners, as well. We’re helping [media companies] move into the new world of storytelling on mobile, VR and AR. As we move further into digital storytelling, [new companies] will create these stories. The trends are pretty clear.
Publishers are at risk in the same way that record labels were at risk a decade ago. The publishers who thrive will be the ones who manage to develop a relationship with their readers. Otherwise, their piece of the value chain will be diminished. – TechRepublic
Descendants of the Sun: the Korean military romance sweeping Asia – Translated into 32 languages and with distribution rights sold to 27 countries so far, the Korean military series Descendants of the Sun has become immensely popular, and is even being viewed as a means to encourage values like patriotism and to promote South Korean culture and tourism. The main romantic pairing is between a special forces captain and an army surgeon, who one fan of the series describes as an “evenly matched” couple. Of course, there are also concerns over its popularity, like those from Chinese authorities who have cautioned that watching too much Korean drama can lead to bad things like “marital trouble and criminal behavior.”
The 16-episode show began airing on South Korean television in February. It is also being simulcast online in China and streamed on other websites – not always legally – watched by South East Asian fans.
It has all the familiar ingredients of a K-drama: a convoluted plot, A-list actors and an exotic location – in this case Greece, standing in as the fictional war-torn Mediterranean country Uruk.
But one unique feature of Descendants of the Sun is its military setting – it is often not fate that gets in the way of the main characters’ happiness, but the urgencies of war. . . .
But its main fan base lies overseas, particularly China, where so far it has been viewed more than 440 million times on popular video-streaming site iQiyi.com. China has strict rules on broadcasting foreign dramas, but relaxed them for Descendants of the Sun, whose production was reportedly partly funded by Chinese investors. . . . – BBC
New book A Woman’s Guide to the Wild aims to empower & get women outside – Reading this article made me think of Linda Howard’s Midnight Rainbow, where the hero and heroine have to make their escape through a Costa Rican jungle. Jane is game, and a badass, but she’s not exactly prepared for some of the challenges. Anyway, I could see Ruby McConnell’s book serving as a resource for an author who wants to place her generally unprepared heroine in a somewhat challenging natural environment. She even addresses hair and makeup on a camping trip (!). And if that doesn’t deter you, check out the full interview. McConnell says that she would like to see more young women willing to camp and hike by themselves, and she sees her book as an introduction to everything from the proper gear to knowing myth from fact. Like did you know that people still believe that bears are attracted to menstruating women?????
I didn’t believe her until I looked online, but McConnell says there are still people out there who think women shouldn’t be out in the wild when they’re on their periods, because they could be attacked by bears.
“It’s so pervasive that the National Park Service has an entire web page devoted to debunking it. It’s like a form of outdoor hazing that’s designed to make women feel like they can’t be outside, by virtue of their bodies. Like you’re endangering someone or yourself. So the myth comes from 1967; two women who were attacked in Yellowstone by a bear. The myth stemmed out of, oh, they must have been menstruating.”
The book does have a whole section on menstruation, with stories from other wilderness women and a guide to making a DIY disposal kit for backpacking trips. My Northwest