How Opel Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life…and got the author in trouble.

 

I finished reading the book How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life, famous (but not for the right reason) book by Kaavya Vishwanathan. The book was in news for sometime because of the allegations of plagiarization. It’s strange how the author who herself is a student of Harvard can shamelessly copy stuff from books by Megan McCafferty (including ‘sloppy firsts’). BTw, the story is also about a girl, Opel Mehta, who’s from an Indian background, living in New Jersy and how she manages to get into Harvard. The story sounds to be on similar lines as of the author’s life. Ofcourse, all that crazy plans and hysterical parents (Amal and Meena) cannot be real. But truly speaking, I enjoyed reading this novel. It’s a funny, interesting book.

After the news broke, her film deal with Dreamworks is also broken. Interestingly, it was the Harvard journal, which reported about the plagiarization.

But, all this has made Ms. Vishwanathan quite famous. She now has a big page on Wikipedia and putting her name in Google results in over 1.6 Lakh pages. Bad publicity, after all, is also Publicity.

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2 Responses to “How Opel Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life…and got the author in trouble.”

  1. M V Chilukuri Says:

    Fools, people don’t read novels to look into plagiarization, but story! is it not shameful to AMERICANS that they claim patent for Basmathi Rice!

    Idiots, look at yourself before resorting public criticism!

    If really Mega McCafferty is good writer, he would have become more popular than Shreya! At least by now!

  2. amberp Says:

    Ah! I just love it when some uninformed beep posts a hate-comment on my blog. Mostly I delete them but this one is so interesting that I would like to keep it. Would be glad to quote some of text from it.

    “If really Mega(n) McCafferty is good writer, he would have…”
    He ?? who ? Megan didn’t changed her sex yet 🙂

    “…would have become more popular than Shreya!”
    Shreya !! Now who the hell is Shreya ??
    If I remember right, the post was about a book and its writer Kaavya Vishwanathan. Or is it that you are trying to say that Megan plagiarized her books from (someone called) Shreya’s. If that is so, what’s your point ? (“…people don’t read novels to look into plagiarization…”)

    “Idiots, look at yourself before resorting public criticism!”
    Hmm…ya, Right.


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