My Name Is Memory= Fallen Rip-off?
First things first: I haven’t exactly bought myself a copy of this book titled “My Name Is Memory” by Ann Brashares so it’s only safe to say that my assumptions may only apply to the following:
a. The book cover
b. The synopsis
c. The characters
First, the one that appeals to most readers before buying a book, the cover.
This is the cover of Fallen by Lauren Kate
Now this is the cover of the book in question
Now tell me you don’t see the similarities. Also not shown is the back cover which used the SAME background as with Fallen’s. WTF right? It get’s WTF-ier.
Now for the synopsis. Here’s the synopsis for Fallen (Synopses courtesy of B&N):
There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.
Now for the supposed original synopsis of the other book.
From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Last Summer (of You and Me) comes an imaginative, inspired, magical book-a love story that lasts more than a lifetime. Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has “the memory”, the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he’s previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short. Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel’s unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now “Lucy” in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together. A magical, suspenseful, heartbreaking story of true love, My Name is Memory proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be.
LOL seriously? A guy who has been in love with the same girl for centuries and the reason they always get separated is because of some mysterious force? Fallen readers would scratch their chins at this.
This synopsis brings us to our greatest concern: the main characters. Both Fallen and My Name Is Memory uses “Daniel” and “Lucy”. WTF is up with Ann Brashares? Can’t she use OTHER names to at least try and mask the fact that her book looks too painstakingly similar to Lauren Kate’s Fallen? I’d buy a copy to confirm this but I already had a feeling I’ll be buying a book that would more or less tell me the same story which wouldn’t have been a bad thing if the author had used a more subtle approach at copying a book. Can’t you be more obvious, Ms. Ann Brashares?
Let me show you a quoted post by a reader from My Name Is Memory’s page on B&N (look at bottom of page)
This book is 100% identical to Lauren Kate’s Fallen. The only difference is that it is really bad!
He gave it 1 star out of 5.
PS: I don’t know which author copied who exactly but AFAIK, Lauren Kate’s Fallen came first so I’ll be basing my judgments on this fact alone.