Plagiarism Alert! This is all your Fault: Review

Imagine this, you read the synopsis of a story called I Laugh in the Face of Danger. It’s about a young boy named Rimba who leaves his kingdom after his uncle threatens to out him for accidentally causing a stampede of kilderbeast. Rimba meets Simone and Rumba and he grows up pretending his father never died and he does not have a kingdom. Until Fala returns and reminds him of his duty to his country. There are a few songs, one called Why Do I Have to Wait to Be King?, and The Love has Feelings Tonight. It got an agent and a big publisher. What a most original story!

That is what this book is: a huge ripoff of Empire Records down to the very classic scenes. We have a bookstore going out of business, a boy who loses money trying to save it, and a group of kids who do everything they can to keep the store open. We have our “Deb” who shaves her head in the employee bathroom, we have our “Corey” who is in love with the author who’s coming to the store to promote his book AKA REX MANNING and we have the exact scene where the sleaze hits on our Corey and lovely Gina picks up the sloppy seconds down to the SLAP and the breakdown. AND NO SHIT DO THESE KIDS THROW AN EVENT TO SAVE THE STORE. The author did not attempt to hide it. She actually put it, “Damn the man, Save Wild Nights!” mirroring the scene in Empire Records, ‘Damn the Man, Save the Empire!”

You guys, I cannot make this up. I am literally shaking, I am so angry. Empire Records is one of my favorite movies of ALL TIME. I know the movie scene by scene by scene. I cannot fathom how this book got through dozens and dozens of readers, editors, etc and nobody said, “Hey, this is too much like the movie and is treading on dangerous ground.”

This book is plagiarism down to the core.

Feiwel and Friends, you should be ashamed of yourselves for buying this work and publishing it. I may get blacklisted for reviewing their books for this, but I don’t care. This is not an original work and should have never been put forth for publishing.

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