how kaavya viswanathan got dissed
lack of attribution notwithstanding, viswanathan's novel is clearly a helluva hodgepodge. i'm not sure why the obvious conclusion to draw from that is that is it less original. there are some strange notions of "original" floating around out here. why are people so invested in such seemingly delusional notions, such imaginary ideals?
i think kaavya should give up this whole "unintentional and unconscious" bit, cry foul on her publisher and handlers, and tell the world all about her close engagement with the literature that informs her authorial voice. let her desi and non-desi teenage fans decide whether they think it still stands as a compelling work. salman rushdie need not worry about losing readers to ms.viswanathan.