Wednesday, April 26, 2006

How Kaavya Viswanathan Got Popular, Got Rich and Got Caught

Kaavya Viswanathan first interested me because of her last name (same as mine but not related), then she intrigued me when I learnt she got USD 500, 000 as advance for writing two books from the famous Little Brown publishers and her first book (How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got A Life : A Novel) is a hit and has been bought by Dreamworks for a possible movie. Then I read about possible plagiarism and her subsequent apology. All in a span of few days.

I hope the copying is really unintentional as she says and Kaavya goes on to produce a equally popular second novel but all original.