Sirengate: My Two Cents

I’ve not wanted to say anything about Sirengate (which, despite happening in January, has only come to light recently) because, although it saddens me, it doesn’t affect me directly. I don’t follow the Story Siren (because I don’t enjoy her reviews) and I’ve kept to a small section of the book blogging world (Goodreads) until recently.

But now I’m breaking my silence, for what it’s worth. Not much, I know, but still.

Not to talk about the Story Siren. Well, not directly. More to talk about her fanbase.

Let me clarify: there are people who have lost respect for the Story Siren and have dropped all ties. There are people who have forgiven her for her transgression and moved on. And there’s a third group, who have taken it upon themselves to attack the original victims of the Siren’s crime. The people who run the blogs she plagiarised. The victims whose words she copied, knowing full well what plagiarism is.

I’m clarifying again, because it took me a few moments to realise myself: the plagiarist’s fans are sending hate mail to the victims of the plagiarism.

I don’t know what the hate mail is saying, but I can guess. It’ll be along the same lines as Cassandra Clare’s fans when they conveniently forget her fanfiction was deleted off Fanfiction.net for plagiarism. Clare never confessed to her plagiarism, spinning a story that it was a game between her friends. The Story Siren has spun another story that takes the blame off her: that she didn’t realise, that it was a mistake or wasn’t deliberate, that she was confused, that she’s sorry and she doesn’t expect anyone to understand.

The similarities between the two events are somewhat similar, but the overwhelming similarity is how the fans who love her have reacted.

I’m not saying the Siren’s a criminal, but it’s similar to the family of a thief going to arms against the police when the thief is arrested. Someone has been wronged, and it’s not the Siren.

I don’t agree with going after the Siren with pitchforks, because everyone screws up every now and then. I don’t want this swept under the rug. But I certainly must condemn the fan reaction and backlash against the innocent bloggers who ‘dared’ to reveal the plagiarism. They didn’t even name her. It was the book bloggers who revealed who the plagiarist was.

It makes me terribly sad, and a little angry.

Since when has popularity been a replacement for integrity?

Posted on April 27, 2012, in On Writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I agree. Completely. It’s uncalled for and unjust for the Victims of this to be receiving hate mail

  2. I’m amazed by the ignorance I’ve seen by The Story Siren fangirls.

  3. Rosepetals1984

    Well said, Lissa. I agree with you wholeheartedly.

  4. Very well said!

    When I heard about this, I stayed away from Twitter for a while, not wanting to get into the craziness I knew would be directed towards Kristi…and then I saw a majority of it was directed at the victims, instead. I was speechless. While I don’t condone the bullying that went on towards Kristi, there definitely shouldn’t have been any towards the bloggers whose content she stole. None at all.
    I am so utterly disappointed in how this all went down.

    • I don’t condone the bullying towards her either, but the fact that there is antagonism towards the victims just boggles my mind. I, too, am utterly disappointed.

  5. For people defending her “mistake” and bullying the victims, look what I found for you: http://web.archive.org/web/20110103164916/http://www.thestorysiren.com/2010/04/my-one-piece-of-advice.html THERE IS NO EXCUSE, The Siren herself said so.

    Thanks for this post, Lissa. I completely agree with you!

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