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Dec 01, 2011
» Rex Pickett's response to Quentin Rowan's plagiarism
What I find fascinating about a case of plagiarism isn’t the actual plagiarism—I think it’s much more interesting to pay attention to the responses of the accused, accuser, and spectators.
Rex Pickett, author of Sideways, rightly points out that by appropriating AA language and using “addiction” as an excuse for his plagiarism, Quentin Rowan is trivializing addiction.
But what’s even more interesting to me is further down in the comments when Pickett defends a comment he made about genre writing being recycling:
I suppose at one level one could default to that maxim that there are only so many plotlines, but I’ve never bought into that because there’s a plethora of potentially new and original characters out there to explore. I mean, as artists, we all borrow to some extent. Hell, I’ve openly admitted that “Sideways” was inspired by, among other works, the black comedy “Withnail and I.” But mine is wholly originally. I don’t take, or even riff on, any scenes from that wickedly funny comedy. In fact I go out of my way not to have anything in my work resemble anything in any other work than I’m aware of.
Not sure what I think about this response.
(via Jessa Crispin)
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