Guys, I am seriously upset right now. I've been afraid this was coming, watching for this specific moment with this specific plagiarizer. I thought I was ready for it, and that maybe it wouldn't hurt so much because it was so inevitable, but, you know what? It does fucking hurt. And I probably shouldn't write about it, because that stirs up drama and everyone's just going to want to know who it was and what review and all of that, when I really haven't decided what the fuck to do about it yet. However, this blog is my outlet, and I really need an outlet.
Here's what happened without any super specific details.
From one of my good blogger friends, I heard about a relatively popular reviewer on Goodreads that had been a lot of subtle plagiarizing. The blogger I know was looking for a second and third and fourth opinion that plagiarism really is happening in this case. The plagiarizer is clever, not copying exact paragraphs or sentences, but taking ideas, some more obviously than others. I read through a bunch of the plagiarizer's reviews and noticed that none of them seemed to have any original analysis to offer, rehashing the opinions of others, though in admittedly lovely prose.
At the time, I'd never heard of this reviewer before. Oddly enough, the reviewer in question liked a couple of my reviews shortly thereafter (negative ones, since those are the reviewer's forte). This made me concerned, and, not wanting to sound stuck up, I feared my reviews might become a source for one of this person's.
Then today, I saw that a number of my GR friends had liked a review by this person for one of the books I reviewed. And the ideas in it sure look really fucking familiar. In one spot, only one word has been changed. Not only that, but the review already has more likes in one day than mine ever got.
As if this weren't bad enough, it makes me doubt myself. The plagiarized review would probably be considered better than mine by most people, as the number of likes suggests. The reviewer fleshed out some of the things I covered and maybe added a couple of things (though those might be borrowed from someone else).
I mean, someone steals my ideas and I have to feel fucking inferior to this person? I just. I can't. I feel stupid and helpless and weak.