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Subject: Similar Book to Whitney My Love
Date Posted: 4/1/2010 5:06 PM ET
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My friend and I were just discussing Whitney My Love and she brought up that not long after it was published another author wrote a book extremely similar.  There was a plaguerism (spelling?)  lawsuit (i guess) and I believe the 2nd author then never wrote any other books.  Does anyone know the name of this book and who the author was?

 

Thanks

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 5:16 PM ET
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hmm the only 2 authors I know of who got in trouble for plageurism were Cassie Edwards and  Janet Dailey..Janet Dailey is still writing I think but don't know about Edwards...I think Dailey was copying Nora Roberts though..

I guess I'm gonna have to read Whitney My Love since I keep seeing it mentioned every so often! what's it about?

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 5:40 PM ET
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I've definitely seen mention of it around the blogs, but don't remember which author/book it was. They would probably know at All About Romance or Romantic TImes.

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 5:42 PM ET
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Defiant Angel by Stephanie Stevens is the book you are asking about. The author herself admitted she based her entire book on Whitney, My Love by Judith Mcnaught. Stephanie Stevens hasn't written any other book as far as i know.

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 9:50 PM ET
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Thanks everyone for your responses, but Angela you are right.  That is the book!   I guess I will have to try and get my hands on a copy and read it sometime--just to see what all the hoopla was about.  I don't know how you could come up the the answer to this so quickly!


Susanna, to answer your question Whitney My Love seems to be a book you either love or you hate.  I happen to love it believing in the end it was just a great love story.  Judith McNaught I believe originally wrote it in about 1985, but then rewrote and expanded it in 2000.  I guess the first version was a little too much in some areas so she toned them down and expanded other areas to introduce the next book.  Clayton is very arrogant and Whitney is very spoiled.  But for some reason the book works for me.  Clayton relentlessly pursues Whitney and basically she is forced into all kinds of situations that are not to her liking as she believes herself to be in love with someone else.  Long book (especially the expanded one I think somewhere around 750 pages), but well worth reading if you can handle Clayton's arrogance, but Whitney gives him a run for his money!  I believe Whitney and Clayton turn out to be descendants of her characters in her book Kingdom of Dreams--another great read if you like that type of book. 


Thanks everyone!

Nancy

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 10:37 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/1/2010 10:57 PM ET
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wow never heard of that author!

don't know if I'm up for 750 pages LOL - if I am I think I'll try Gone With the Wind! but I've seen Whitney My Love mentioned pretty often enough that I recognized the title but couldn't remember the author.

Date Posted: 4/2/2010 11:54 AM ET
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I noticed on Amazon that Cassie Edwards has two new books coming out in 2010 with a new publisher (Zebra, I think it was). I'm a little surprised.

Date Posted: 4/2/2010 3:55 PM ET
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"My friend and I were just discussing Whitney My Love and she brought up that not long after it was published another author wrote a book extremely similar.  There was a plaguerism (spelling?)  lawsuit (i guess) and I believe the 2nd author then never wrote any other books.  Does anyone know the name of this book and who the author was?"

 

technically, Stevens was guilty of infringement of copyright or intellectual property or something like that, not plaguarism. She retold the WML story with very few modifications . . .but all in her own words and writing style (yes, she had one).


Daily and Cassie Edwards were guilty of plaguarism because they actually lifted passages WORD FOR WORD.

Date Posted: 4/2/2010 4:37 PM ET
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Thanks for the info.  I knew when I wrote the original question I was using the wrong word.  I guess plaguerism was not the right one.  Never knew about Cassie Edwards and Janet Daily though.  Does anyone know what books were involved?

Date Posted: 4/2/2010 5:01 PM ET
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Re: Dailey

My memory may be iffy since the titles sound the same to me but I believe that Dailey bk that Roberts fans recognized passages from and reported to Roberts is ASPEN GOLD.  It lifted passages from SWEET REVENGE (I think). Then Dailey admitted to a mental illness and admitted that she had been borrowing from Roberts for yrs.

 

Re: Edwards

go to the Smart Bitches blog. They have a link on the right side with all the particulars since they are the ones who broke the story to the world.

Date Posted: 4/3/2010 11:20 AM ET
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Susanna,

 

I uber love Whitney, my Love. Judith McNaught does not have too many books, but they are all very good. She reminds my of Jude Deveraux--both authors write more dramatic plot lines with headstrung females and bitter alpha heros (which works for me =^)). Actually, now that I think about it, both are my favorite authors.

Date Posted: 4/3/2010 4:34 PM ET
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Ditto what Phyllis said.  I discovered Judith McNaught by accident.  I think one time I checked out one of her books from the library (Kingdom of Dreams).  I then set out on a HUGE glom of all of her books - love love love them.  They can be overly dramatic and the heroines can be quite annoying sometimes, but the love stories she writes are just wonderful.