Posts Tagged ‘ripoff’

Aint No Right: the Verdict is In…

July 2, 2009


I’ve pretty much given up on the idea of karmic justice, the older I’ve grown. I’m not a pessimist–but I know what’s happening (most of the time)…

Let’s face it, good is rarely rewarded. Hard work doesn’t pay off too frequently. Look at the facts:

Rush Limbaugh is rich, popular and successful…that alone proves that there’s no karmic justice in this world…but that’s just one example. Barry Bonds still holds the home run record, asterisk or not…The Octo-Mom is getting her own TV show, and the media will continue to enable all that’s wrong in this world…Bush gets to retire with no scrutiny of his wrong-doings…

Rarely is the world fair.

I mean for the love of god….They’re remaking the cult-classic film, the Warriors…Seriously.

Today, however, my faith was restored a little.

Salinger won’t be coldplayed…not today.

This morning, as I sorted through the headlines of the day, I noticed a big one; it just jumped off the screen and did a little metaphorical happy-dance before my weary eyes…

60 Years Later Blocked: Judge Says No to Salinger Spinoff

From Larry Nuemeister via the AP:

NEW YORK — A Swedish author whose new book was promoted as a sequel to J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” cannot publish it in the United States because it too closely mirrors Salinger’s classic without adequate parody or critique, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Swedish author Fredrik Colting tried every avenue of argument and defense, claiming it was:

  1. A critical examination of Salinger’s most famous character, Holden Caulfield (U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts shot that claim down as “problematic and lacking in credibility.”)
  2. The depiction of a character in Colting’s book representing Caulfield 60 years later was a parody. (To this she said She said that Colting and his publishers made no indication before the lawsuit was filed that the book was meant as a parody or critique of Salinger’s work.)

She went on to say, “Quite to the contrary, the original jacket of ’60 Years’ states that it is ‘… a marvelous sequel to one of our most beloved classics. It is simply not credible for defendant Colting to assert now that this primary purpose was to critique Salinger and his persona.”

So there it is…Salinger’s classic character, a character as big as American youth and angst, has been protected.

We’re lucky he was still alive to challenge the publication…had he not defended his work himself, I doubt the ruling would be the same…

Sadly, Mark Twain wasn’t around to do the same. I have no doubt he’s spinning in his grave at every turn of the page of the atrocities of such writers as Lee Nelson, Greg Matthews and Jon Clinch


Ain’t No Right: an Update…

June 3, 2009


Last month I climbed up on my soapbox to wax angrily about lazy authors hacks who make sequels to other author’s books, or as I like to say, coldplayed great literature…

The rant was set off by an article I read about some schmuck who wrote a sequel to Catcher in the Rye, taking hostage one of the literary world’s great flawed heroes

I was livid about this, as were many a writer, critic and every day joe…

Apparently, so was Salinger…from Thomas Zambito of the NY Daily News:

There’s only one “Catcher.”

Reclusive author J.D. Salinger has sued to block publication of a new novel billed as a sequel to his classic tale of teenage angst, “The Catcher in the Rye.”

Salinger yesterday sued the publishers of “60Years Later: Coming Through the Rye” in Manhattan Federal Court for infringing his copyright for the novel as well as the main character, Holden Caufield.

The book by an anonymous author, who calls himself “J.D. California,” finds Caufield at a retirement home in upstate New York, according to the lawsuit.

“It is a ripoff pure and simple,” the suit claims.

Salinger, 90, has never written a sequel to his 1951 classic.

I’ll update this curious event as it unfolds…