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Well I have a really good friend I went to college with who pretty much hits every movie showing. It's her thing, she likes movies and she can afford to go for the most part. So she called me about a week ago and mentioned the Mortal Instruments and asked if I wanted to go. I was more than a bit negative. I want to see The Butler myself and my funds are limited so I'm not spending a dime on an adaptation of anything written by Cassandra Clare. I'm afraid I was a bit snarky about it and she wanted the story. I told her hit the movie and call me later.

She lasted 20 minutes. She walked out, got a refund and hit me on speed dial in the parking lot with her cell. What the hell was that, she asked. We arranged to meet at a place with wifi and I brought the iPad so she could see the Bad_Penny stories about CC's plagiarism. There is NOT enough booze on the planet to tell this story to someone who has no interest in fandom.  My friend was flabbergasted that this woman got picked up by publishers who read a live journal where she ripped off Bridget Jone's Diary and made it about the freakin hobbits in LOTR. She was further amazed when I explained another claim to fame was teh Draco trilogy where she basically invented Draco in leather pants. The whole thing about her bullying people in fandom online? The laptop thing? The iPod thing? Heidi patrol and the Inner Circle? Well that was a bit too involved for her and even a bit much for me since while I enjoy fanfiction and fandom? I wasn't that involved that I got noticed by the BNFs of the day and quite frankly I am glad their day is DONE.

My friend who has absolutely NO fandom involvement was amazed that someone like her got published. I pretty much said CC was real good at networking and advancing her cause which is CC. She used people left right and center and for some reason got away with it.  I wonder what Heidi Tandy might say about her now that CC has her books and such but Heidi got nothing in the way of thanks for any of it. Heidi had to be one of CC's biggest boosters in HP for the longest time. Didn't she organise the whiparound to get CC a new laptop when her apt in New York got burglarised? Oh and her roommate and boyfriend too? Wasn't she the one who set up the 501(c)3 to get Fiction Alley up so CC's fiction would be online AFTER ff.net booted her for the plagiarism in the Draco Trilogy? Wasn't she one of CC's BFFs???

Ah well guess the intellectual property lawyer from FL didn't make the cut, when CC went bigtime published writer. Too bad. I suspect Aja might sympathise....NOT!!!

Anyways it's always fun to see a nonfandom person's reaction to this. And my friend did not disappoint. She was like this was more drama than my divorce. I was like and it was safer than my divorce too. We had a good laugh and we might catch The Mortal Instruments on cable, but I doubt it.

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Date: 2013-08-31 08:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mimine.livejournal.com
The production budget was 60 million and there is no way in hell it's going to make its money back, it is currently at 17 million and dropping fast. Couldn't happen to a more deserving person. And that's people who don't know crap about fandom, they just know a shitty movie and shitty, derivative plot when they see it.

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Date: 2013-08-31 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhiannonmr.livejournal.com
I think it's hilarious myself. She won't get another Hollywood deal even if she writes the biggest best seller evah. Hollywood has long memories and from what I've heard(Fandom_Wank is following the failure closely) she's been throwing everyone but herself under the bus concerning the film's failure.

Love it when Karma bites back and it could not happen to a more deserving person.

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Date: 2013-08-31 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mimine.livejournal.com
Haha, those Fandom Wank threads are pretty funny. Cassie is such a cow! Love how she's distancing herself now from the movie she was supposed to have liked so much and given so much input. Hack!

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Date: 2013-08-31 09:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zoepaleologa.livejournal.com
I literally did a happy dance when I read some of the reviews in thew UK press (the Guardian didn't even bother to give a proper review, it just went: Meh). It struck me that the movie critics were all implying her derivativeness and plagiarism with none of the restraint showed by book reviewers. And I thought, Boodith, karma's a bitch.

I also went and re-read the Bad Penny report just for the sheer pleasure of it.

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Date: 2013-08-31 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhiannonmr.livejournal.com
I haven't read many of the reviews myself. It's Cassandra Clare and that's all I need to know. But a friend in Minnesota tried to read the books and gave up by page 3. That my other friend demanded and GOT a refund from the theater? Priceless!

I'm glad the UK press has panned it though. I hadn't looked at the Bad Penny thing in yrs when I showed it to my friend. She was all over how MANY people CC stole from. It was like I cannot believe she got away with this. I was like well she did, and she didn't. She's been called out on it in the past, and even now it's a story that will not go away. Too many of us remember.

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Date: 2013-08-31 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sofisticat.livejournal.com
I did a search for this movie and it turns out the director is Norwegian!
It got a rather lukewarm reception here.

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Date: 2013-08-31 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhiannonmr.livejournal.com
Poor guy. I don't know how much work he's had in Hollywood but I think his career will survive this.

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Date: 2013-09-01 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sofisticat.livejournal.com
I believe it's not his first Hollywood movie. I must admit I haven't seen any of his movies, though, because honestly, Norwegian directors are not the best.

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Date: 2013-09-01 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] webbapettigrew.livejournal.com
I'm thrilled it's tanking. What goes around does eventually come around and I think she got burned here. Have you read her latest interviews? She backpedals like Lance Armstrong.
She's only as popular as she is because her target audience is too young to remember all the stuff on badpenny and such.

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Date: 2013-09-01 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhiannonmr.livejournal.com
She's not popular outside of that audience though which was a terrible thing for a movie. As I told a friend last night, Twilight as much as I despised it, crossed demographic groups and pretty much was everywhere. I've not seen her books do that at all. I see em at Walmart and well my opinion of what Walmart stocks in the way of reading is not good. But since her groups ONLY appealed to the YA crowd there was no way this was going to pull in the grosses the Twilight franchise did.

But yeah. For you and all the other REAL writers I know I am thrilled karma is biting her back.

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