Hello, my home fries!
You awesome people and your hilarious trolling. Carmel Muse, the latest idiot that thought she’d could rip off our stories (and it WAS our stories, as I recognized other people’s stuff in hers), is no more, at least not in her current form.
You reported Carmel Muse’s story Element of Blood, and you left 30-odd reviews demanding she do the right thing and take it down. Bizarrely, she did not. Like many of you pointed out, what was the point of writing a story if half of it was stolen? Why accept reviews for something you KNOW you didn’t write? It’s one thing to make money off it like certain published authors, but to refuse to acknowledge what everyone knows about you? I mean, this story was about Tara and Eric (ew), as she shot him with a light ball, warmed him up, could now walk in the sun, used half of my sex scenes and dialogue, and even ended with Tara preggo with a baby that smelled like snow and flowers. None of this was rewritten, mind you, it was just copied and pasted. She even stole my Vampire Confinement Cells description. WTF?
She left a giant thank you to her readers for being so awesome, and that their reviews pushed her to finish the story.
I don’t really know what to make of someone who’s so clearly delusional about what they created versus what they stole. I’m finding that’s a serious theme with plagiarists. They love your work so much, they internalize it so completely, that when you (the original author) call them out, they go into the same weird script. Denial is a big favourite. So is pleading ignorance. Hedging their guilt is universal, as in yes, they took it, but they didn’t realize they’d done so. We’re talking massive cut and pastes here. But they swear they’d never done anything intentionally. I really think there is a voluntary craziness at play, like Doublethink in 1984, for those of you who remember high school English. To simultaneously hold two conflicting opinions: Yeah, I kinda stole it, but I changed the words and wrote another story around it and then kinda forgot about its original source, so no, it’s actually mine.
Anyway, the story is gone now. FFN informed me that it was taken down yesterday. Who knows, she’ll probably post it under a different name and title. It took me a while to find this FFN version for that reason, it had been called something else on another site. But I’ve had it trashed from three sites so far, so hopefully I’m making it too irritating to repost.
You guys, as always, came to the rescue. Thank you so much for your help.
Until next time, Batmans.