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Posts Tagged ‘Lianne Spiderbaby’

St. Martin’s Press Refuses to Confirm Lianne MacDougall Book ‘Withdrawal’

There is today nothing more from St. Martin’s Press than a resolute “no comment.”

FishbowlNY had been inquiring about how the recent Lianne MacDougall (a.k.a. Lianne Spiderbaby) plagiarism scandal has impacted the publisher’s plans for the North American release later this year or in early 2014 of the embattled writer’s first book, Grindhouse Girls: Cinema’s Hardest Working Women. In a Twitter reply posted late last month, St. Martin’s stated that MacDougall had ended the book project from her end. But that tweet has since been deleted.

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Kiwi Writer Plagiarized by Lianne Spiderbaby ‘Kind of Flattered’

There’s still no official public word from Lianne MacDougall, a.k.a. Lianne Spiderbaby, the Canadian-born, U.S.-residing Web writer caught up in a film-review serial plagiarism scandal.

But in the meantime, there’s this: an interview with another one of her victims, New Zealand writer Richard Scheib. He publishes reviews at moria.co.nz and told Fairfax NZ News about his reaction when he discovered she had filched from his Popcorn critique:

“I was kind of flattered and realized that some relatively high-profile names were reading my material. I wasn’t outraged. I felt sad for her that she has to go to those lengths,” he said. “Karma has come back to bite her arse. It would be nice if there was an apology.”

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After Plagiarism Victory Over Lianne Spiderbaby, This Writer Isn’t Celebrating

Freelance film journalist MaryAnn Johanson, who relocated from New York City to London a few years ago, was wise to screen-capture the blatant plagiarism of portions of her review of Norwegian film Turn Me On, Dammit! by Lianne Spiderbaby. (a.k.a. Lianne MacDougall). Shortly after she called out the writer via her website Flick Filosopher, all traces of the offending item vanished from Spiderbaby’s end. The Canadian-born Spiderbaby also apparently immediately started scrubbing her social media profile.

To Spiderbaby’s credit, she did not offer up the kind of BS excuse that Johanson was expecting. Instead, according to Johanson, Spiderbaby tweeted over the weekend the following:

I apologize for the plagiarism in my work. I am leaving journalism behind for awhile. I’m so very sorry to everyone esp those I’ve wronged.

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