It takes a lot of balls to copy someone’s work word-for-word. It also takes a lot of balls to pass that work off as your own. But it takes a whole pile of balls to copy a book nearly word-for-word and both change the main characters’ name to “Edwards” and “Bella” and change the point of view from first to third. Because making it TwiFic makes it all better, right?
Lucky for Cynthia Eden (except not at all) that’s exactly what someone did. A fanfic writer named “misconception76” took Eden’s story Deadly Heat and turned it into TwiFic. And the fanfic rip off was so good that folks made (and then have since removed) Bella-as-a-firefighter fan art. The reviews were all positive until the plagiarism was spotted.
My understanding of the fanfic community is that they have an extremely low tolerance for plagiarism in their community, because shoddy work like this helps the reputation of fanfic not at all. Yet this work is still available. WTF? Many a commenter to the original story has said they’ve reported it, but the story is still up. I tried to join the community and contact “misconception76” but alas, new members are not allowed to DM until a day or two after registration.
In case that leaves a sorry taste in your mouth, here, have a link from Robinjn that I tweeted on Friday but is so good I must share again: Men of Certain Style.
All the best fashion from the days of WTFRUWearing? The best is the “One Easy Piece” jumpsuit. Robinjn even transcribed the ad copy for us, in case your eyeballs are now seared and blinded from the sight of the jumpsuit:
One Easy Piece
Because one is enough, when it’s you. Show where you’re headed in the
ultimate fashion climax.
Fits so tight it shows all you’ve got . . . you’re a walking turn-on.
And treats your body as well as she does.
Easy on, easy off, quick as a flick of her tongue. Sexy cool crinkle
cloth for those hot nights to come. Designed with your desires in mine
. . . she’ll eat you alive in it…. Are you man enough to fill it?