Thursday, August 25, 2011

I'm leaving my previous post up for now, because it is early for me and I am leaving for work. At the moment, I'm not entirely sure how to proceed from this.

It seems that The Dewey Decimals have asked that their readers post a comment on their behalf, accusing me of stealing their blog premise. I am very sorry to have given this impression to the bloggers, since I know it is frustrating and disheartening to feel that your work is being used elsewhere, but I must make clear that this is the first time I have come across their blog and work, and I absolutely did not steal their idea.

In my post, I do specify that I was inspired by another blogger's series in my post, and link to it appropriately. I even e-mailed her to ask if she minded that I was so strongly borrowing from her style of presenting two images, if the concept was to similar to her's, to make sure I was not stepping on anyone's toes. I realize this has little to do with how The Dewey Decimals feel about the situation, but I want to impress that I am careful about these kinds of things, and do my best to avoid things devolving into this.

I'm very sorry about all this, and I would like to seek some kind of resolution. At the moment I'll leave the previous post up, but I'm not sure if it will stay that way, or if I will just disable comments and not continue with the series.

Edited to add:

I also want to ask that we please not say anything bad about each other. I'm sure that both the writers of The Dewey Decimals and myself are equally upset about this whole thing, and I'm not posting this to start anything. Please, I ask everyone not to refuse to support or read their blog if it is something you would otherwise have been interested in or enjoyed.

This is a misunderstanding, I simply wanted to post about it here in case readers saw the comments on the previous post. I have reached out to the authors there via e-mail, and I would like to ask that my readers not harass them in any way (I don't think anyone would, but you know), because that isn't what this is all about. Thank you!

Edit 8/30:

Hello everyone! Thank you for all your kind words and support. I am pleased to say that this has all been resolved, and I meant to post this edit sooner because really everything was alright by the end of the day on Thursday, but I wasn't sure if I now wanted to leave this post up, if I should take it down, because who wants to see controversy and things? I'm a bit behind on my posting, but rest assured I'll be back up in no time!

62 comments:

  1. Please leave it up, I only found your blog recently, but I love reading your posts and seeing your view of the world. Everyone has their own take on objects they see around them, it's only natural that sometimes people may get a similar idea, this doesn't mean that they hold intellectual property over being inspired by a book's cover or story. We're not talking about stealing someone's idea to sell, and even in the art world imitation abounds-- I mean, how would anyone get ideas in the first place without being inspired by something? And even though we know this happened accidentally, doesn't the saying go that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

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  2. I really don't understand this. I've looked at The Dewey Decimals blog and as far as I can tell, this isn't what they do. Yes, they blog outfits inspired by books but you quite clearly took your inspiration from the *cover* of the book. And frankly, it doesn't seem to me like the kind of original idea that ANYone could lay claim to, I've seen posts on countless blogs with outfits inspired both by books and by their covers.

    It's also strange that one of the dewey decimals (Erin) left what seemed to be a complimentary comment, several hours before the other dewey decimal (Camille) left her critical one.

    My point is: it's possible there's more to this but as far as I can see, you've done absolutely nothing wrong.

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  3. Leave it up. Although you may not be the first person in the history of the universe to dress in a manner inspired by a book, neither are they.
    The only way there would be a problem if it was the actual content that had been copied - ie same book, same outfit, same reasons behind the outfit.

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  4. Really? They're the only ones who've ever "worn the book"? (And as someone else mentioned, the interpretation is different anyhow.)

    No reason whatsoever to take it down. It's a shame that this is getting them publicity. I won't be adding them to my Google Reader.

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  5. As everyone else has said, they're hardly the first people to use books as outfit inspiration. That they've taken issue with this just reeks of pettiness and self-importance.

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  6. I always find it so pompous when people claim others have "stolen their idea." Ugh. Few ideas are original enough for anyone to aggressively lay that claim. And to have your readers spam another blog? Double ugh.

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  7. Leave your post up. Seriously, this isn't a new idea. You're just doing your spin on it, and they are doing theirs and I'm willing to bet someone else in the future will use the same idea.

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  8. There is no reason to take it down. I really enjoy their blog but they can't accuse you of taking this idea from them. They really can't say such a general idea is theirs and this kind of inspiration has been in the blogging community for ages. It's a shame that they've accused you of this. Leave the post up and continue with the series.

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  9. Wow, honestly, this is not a new idea. First of all, inspiration cannot be bottled and hoarded. You are absolutely allowed to be inspired by anything you see (your own books are a perfectly reasonable thing for this). I remember some books from my youth that I admired so and bought items that filled me with a similar feeling during back to school shopping. Was I copying anyone? No, it is very natural, I think, as a reader and design lover to consider favorite titles when you dress. It is not such a leap from dressing in character. I think the creativity in this matter is reflected in the challenge you create for yourself. It is so strange for the other bloggers to react this way. I don't believe anyone is a threat to anyone else.

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  10. Keep the post up!!! 1, you look ADORABLE and 2, the call to arms blog attack on you was tasteless and could have been better handled but reaching out to you directly. Your blog is quite lovely and your readers know your inspiration was pure.

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  11. I'm sad that this is happening at all. Like everyone above has said, this idea is not new anyway, and you clearly gave credit to the person that inspired you to make that series. If anyone has read your blog for more than one second, they know that you love books, and find inspirations in them and in movies. So this series was just a natural progression. Good luck with everything!

    Joy

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  12. The whole thing seems tasteless in the extreme, and I saw that complimentary comment earlier, too.

    Keep your head up, girl, you'll be fine.

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  13. This is just silly. As though it is impossible for 2 people on a planet of 6 billion+ to come up with a similar idea independently of one another, especially when so many other aspects of their lives are similar. Leave the post up, share the fact these other bloggers have a similar idea, but don't "give credit" if you didn't actually know they existed prior. Your blog is not an academic paper and you DID credit that which you knew to be an inspiration. You are in no way in the wrong :) I've never heard of this Dewey Decimal blog but I really can't say that asking readers to blog spam yours repetitively makes me wish to visit it now, not even to see the comparison posts.

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  14. I'm baffled by their claims that you stole their idea. I looked at their blog and honestly don't see the connection between their blog and your post. Your post definitely references the Miss Moss art post, which you duly credited. I can't imagine the amount of traffic their blog is acquiring from all of this. I've been accused of being a copy-cat by another prominent blogger and I know how discouraging it can be. You're such a classy lady and I know you'll land on your feet after all of this blows over. :)

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  15. Their claims are super-absurd. This is the Internet. You cannot copyright "ideas" from one blog to the next. They need to learn some basic intellectual property laws. Keep doing what you're doing!

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  16. I really can't see what they mean. I looked at their blog as well. I like their blog, but I really have no idea how it could be construed that you are stealing their idea. I m always worried that people will think I am stealing their ideas when I post crafts I make as there are millions of versions of the same crafts on other blogs- inspiration strikes everyone differently.

    And I love your outfit. You pretty much are my fashion idol, lol.

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  17. I don't mean to sound harsh, but their accusations are incredibly pointless because this is something a lot of people do whether they consciously acknowledge it or not! I remember I used to dress to match whatever I was reading at the time back when I actually read novels. So yes, the concept is about as original as having a blog is :P So what you have done is nothing wrong, and it is only one blog post for goodness sake, not the entire basis of your blog!
    Also, I've looked at their blog and you could not possibly set it out more differently to the way they have. For starters, you know your way around a camera and actually include a photo of the cover (useful) as well as that you've taken nice, detailed shots. Frankly it seems like the only reason there has been such a fuss is that this person feels very intimidated by how much better you have pulled this idea off.

    I hope you get an apology from these people, because they sure owe you one. And, it's really not nice to see a feud on the bloggsphere, especially over something so petty.

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  18. Please don't put your post down based on the barrage of comments stemming from their readers (though I haven't checked that comments from that post yet). I heartily disagree that you copied the premise of their site. Like Peta, I visited their blog and found it no way similar to your use of the book cover itself as inspiration. There is no way you have violated their so-called IP because the idea that books can influence not only our thoughts but our lifestyle belongs to the world and therefore not capable of ownership (i.e., it's in the public domain). Heck, that's the reason books are here on this earth!

    I loved your post and B and I've done the same sort of book-inspired post before (Anne of Green Gables #1 and #2 and Nancy Drew). I want to see more of yours!

    P.S. Not pissed at them, just headshakingly surprised that this issue even came up!

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  19. I hope you leave the original post up. There's a lot of room in the world for expression of the same idea in different ways. Even when you credit Miss Moss as the inspiration for the comparison idea, you've still made it your own. I say, both you and the other girls should just keep doing what you're doing in your own way. It's a shame that one half of the blogging team had to get negative, when the other half was happy to leave a positive comment.

    One of my favorite TED talks on copyright culture v.s. the fashion industry.
    http://blog.ted.com/2010/05/25/lessons_from_fa/

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  20. Please don't take your post down! You have every right to make a series of posts inspired by your love of favorite books. It's not like that came as a surprise to anybody: you always talk deeply about your inspiration, and your love of literature and film.

    Your readers know your intentions and support you. Your style (of dress and of writing) is different and refreshing.

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  21. I feel like this showcases that the internet is just one big high school lunch room; someone starts a rumor and before you know it, girls who have never met before are yelling at each other and declaring war.
    You were inspired and posted something. It's a simple but pleasant idea, and the likelihood that two (or perhaps even more, for all we know) bloggers would have the same idea in the ENORMOUS entirety of the internet is very large. It's not like this other blog cured cancer and then you claimed that as your own.
    And I think the way you've addressed the issue is mature, respectable, and classy. Good Job, lady :)

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  22. That's ridiculous. Please don't take it down. We all have such similar themes and features and get inspired by each other!

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  23. Katie, I love your blog. You are beautiful inside and out, and seriously one of my favorite people that I have never "met."

    On the subject of "stealing ideas." Everything has been done before. Everything. And it will be done again. This is the nature of creating.

    On the subject of how it was handled, it upsets me to say the least.

    <3

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  24. Leave it up! It was a gorgeous post O_O! (I'm new to this blog and it was the first post i saw and i loved it!)

    I have to say i've seen countless book/outfit posts everywhere!

    You handled the whole thing like a true lady anywho :) xxx

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  25. I'm sorry but that is just silly. They don't have rights to the way that they present their fashion (or inspiration). They can't force other bloggers to remove content. You are not taking a post of theirs WORD FOR WORD and posting as your own. They do not own an idea or concept--if anything, I'm sure that there are other bloggers that take fashion inspiration from books/art as their theme. The Dewey Decimals are not unique and you did nothing wrong.

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  26. ....so, the issue seems to be that somehow being inspired by a book and dressing up with that inspiration is somehow a unique premise?

    Please.

    It's ridiculously arrogant to believe that's an original idea. It's not. Ask any mom who's had her daughter clamor for a tiara or a tutu after watching a princess/ballerina show.

    The Dewey Decimals have a cute idea, but it's spoiled by their mistaken self-importance.

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  27. Please don't stop. I love your blog and I think you have a diffrent "voice" than the other blog. I love your East Coast style. Am sure Dewey Decimals is getting a lot of traffic thanks to you!
    Let It Be

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  28. I like this feature, and honestly, I think that their telling their readers to comment on your post was unprofessional and passive aggressive. If they had an issue, they should have emailed you directly and settled it privately.

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  29. As a longterm reader of your blog, I, and anyone who is in the same position as me, know your style and would never accuse you of stealing this idea, because it is totally you! Your love of books and fashion is what makes this blog one of my favourites x

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  30. You should not take anything down. Everyone's thoughts and inspirations are their own (& you have credited yours here), so any attack on you is ridiculous. Furthermore, the way in which this was addressed with you was classless and immature. Keep up the good work - I love reading your posts and admiring your wonderful photography!

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  31. I am glad you left the post up. I had never heard of that blog before and I see they posted an apology in regards to the escalation on their site which is good as yes, there are no original ideas left. Keep your chin up and don't let this bother you anymore!

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  32. Please don't take your post down! I looked at their blog, and I saw only one post that seemed similar to what you did here (and it was posted a day after yours...) Besides, as many other commenters have already said, stuff like this happens all the time, and will continue to happen in the future. There's no avoiding it!

    The way the dewey decimals handled it is truly disappointing, but please don't let them dictate what you include on your blog. I would love to see more 'wearing the book' posts myself!

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  33. I have been reading your blog for years and you are always inspired to translate whatever you are reading into what you are wearing. Besides no one has a copyright on this idea. After checking out the Dewey Decimals blog I saw vague (very, very vague) similarities but nothing so stark as to call for such drastic action on their part. You provided all original content (your own writing your own pictures)in your post. It's not like you are posing as someone else or trying to steal someones identity. I honestly LOVED your last post and think that the way you translated the cover art into style was flawless.

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  34. Leave it up. I think its ridiculous that they are accusing you of stealing their idea. Last year I was involved with the Pickwick Ladies Book Club and the premise of the club was to read a book and then style & post an outfit around a character. They clearly didnt invent this idea and I find it to be rather immature of them to request that their followers leave you snooty comments. Please dont delete your post.

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  35. Please leave the post up, from what I can see nothing you were doing was in any way a rip off of their stuff. It honestly just looks like they were trying to find a way to get more traffic to their blog, and it looks to be working.

    And the stupid thing is, even if you were dressed exactly like them or something it still couldn't be the same because you're still a different body in space NOT SELLING ANYTHING. They don't own the rights to the book, or the clothes you were wearing or anything like that so what could you possibly be stealing? Crazy. and P.S. it was pretty creepy to send people to spam your page with mean stuff telling you to apologize. It's honestly a testament to how sweet you are (and your readers too) that you reacted like a lady instead of, say, anybody who leaves comments on youtube.

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  36. Leave it up. You've done nothing wrong. For anyone to think they own the right to book-inspired fashion ... ridiculous, to put it as nicely as possible. Any questionable behavior on display here is NOT coming from you. Chin up and keep on keepin' on.

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  37. Please leave your lovely post up! Also please continue to do these types of posts despite naysayers. Regardless of the novelty of the concept, it will be a delight to see your book choices, perspective and adorable interpretation of each book’s style. You provide a fresh outlook on the concept and are in no way treading on anyone else’s territory. Furthermore, it is entirely in keeping with your blog to feature a book-inspired outfit post given your previous discussion of this book, overall love of literature, and past Brontë-inspired outfit posts. I always look forward to reading your blog and I’m sorry that these unfounded accusations have likely made for an unsettling day for you; you did not in any way deserve the negativity that you received earlier today.

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  38. Come on, this is silly. Being inspired by literature or art isn't an original concept- you can't accuse someone of copying you when the entire premise of what you're doing is drawing inspiration from another source. You're not the first nor the last person to do that, and nor were they. Leave your post up. Your blog is a very established one with a great reputation, and The Dewey Decimals attempting to claim an idea that is NOT theirs to begin with is a little childish, especially an idea like this.

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  39. i enjoyed your book cover to outfit execution and i was really looking forward to seeing it become a regular series. please don't let this experience discourage you from doing more:)

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  40. Leave the post up! I'm a huge fan of Karen Russell's work, and I love your outfit interpretation of the St. Lucy's cover. I also admire how classy and civil you've been in handling this; it's a refreshing change from the vitriol and immaturity that's common on the Internet these days, and I think this post stands as a good example of how to behave when defusing an online spat. (As others have already pointed out, it was classless of the other girls to try and start some kind of blog war between readers--not to mention very arrogant to assume that they are the first ones to come up with such an idea. Haven't they ever heard of the Pickwick Ladies' Book Club?)

    If there is any tiny silver lining coming out of such silliness, I hope it's that new readers will find you as a result of this publicity, though unwanted. I know I'm one of them, and I'll be following you from now on.

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  41. Oh, that sucks. I love your outfit (although that is beside the point). But basing an outfit off a book while a clever idea, is not totally original...I mean I've done that loads of times for Halloween (who hasn't?) & am inspired regularily by books and movies in my personal style. To me, it is a bit preposterous that someone would attempt to claim this idea as "theirs."
    Aside from that, encouraging people to comment on against a blog on your behalf is so ridiculous. It's one thing to stand up for what you believe (even if there is the possibility that you are wrong), but to advocate others to act on your behalf? That should be a real rarity...

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  43. Oh, please. Your blog is awesome, you seem super sweet, and you can't be expected to search every single blog on the internet before making a post to ensure that none of your content overlaps with that of another.

    Besides, Claudia Kishi from the Babysitters Club wore inspired-by-the-book outfits. I distinctly remember one inspired by Mrs. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus children's book series. :)

    Also, I read St. Lucy's Home for Girls based on one of your earlier blog posts and loved it!

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  44. I loved the blog entry, though I assumed you would have started with The Time Traveler's Wife, given the cover, your fashion inspirations and youthful style.

    Either way, I need to pick up your book now.

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  45. man, i wish i could "like" so many of the supportive comments here! definitely keep the post up, please. on another note, though, i find this whole back-and-forth so interesting! i'm also a literature professor and, as such, am very sensitive to both instances of and accusations of plagiarism. in fact, i think that this whole "conversation" could be the basis for an awesome discussion about plagiarism in contemporary culture -- many people consider blogs to be so informal that "borrowing" an idea from a blog would never seem like plagiarism. can't wait to see what my students think about it -- with your permission, of course. ;)

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  46. This is the strangest thing I've ever heard. Another blog is upset at this one for "stealing a concept"? Is there only ONE food blog out there? Only ONE mommy blog, or fan blog or movie review blog?

    I found your blog only a few days ago, and did leave a comment thanking you for the lovely pictures -- I had fun looking at them, and enjoying the pretty.

    Now I'm rather confused by such an accusation aimed at this blog. It's a bit silly and seems confused in its demands/or outrage. Rather like people who don't understand the definition and practice of plagiarism, the ones on the other end of the spectrum of stealing, who flinch at any brief similarity.

    Oh boo. I think you're lovely. Keep at it, please.

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  47. whatev, academichic already did it, as have i am sure other intelligent people who don't even have blogs where they photograph their outfits. it's not an original idea. does that mean it is not worthy of being chronicled? not at all. but for dd to come up in here and act like OMG I DID IT FIRST is laughable.

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  48. Hi everyone. I am Camille, the offending commenter and I'd like to apologize for my actions. I'm so so sorry for what I've done and in the past 24 hours. Kater has exerted such gracious kindness and respect towards me. I don't deserve any of it and I am very thankful to everyone who has given me their input and opinions about the issue. I'd like to offer my formal apology and provide space for anyone who feels that they'd like to leave their thoughts and opinions with me. I wish I could offer all of my remorse in a way that would be easily translated to every one here, but the best I can do is a blog post. I'm so sorry everyone. So very sorry.

    http://www.thedeweydecimals.com/2011/08/homegirls-and-handgrenades.html

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  49. Kater leave the post up. It's a great post and I was really looking forward to your series. Whenever I watch a movie, read a book a book, or watch I am inspired my someones outfit or the colors. That's why we blog, to showcase what inspires us in our everyday life.

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  50. Kater,

    I'm really impressed with how you handled this situation. Brava.

    xoxo,

    MK

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  51. I knew you were a pretty and clever wizard, but this whole conundrum proves you're a very classy, level-headed wizard as well.

    The original post is lovely & so are you!

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  52. We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.It’s amazing how two words can mean so much… Thank you…




    Tera gold
    Tera items

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  53. i like your idea. i think you should still do it. it's not even close to what that is like. i love the idea.

    also, i can attest to the quality of the shirts! i want more more more

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  54. Seriously. Your blog is one of my favourites and I don't see the point of other people commenting here a "copy and paste" comment to make you think you've done something wrong... because you haven't! How many people are inspired by books, covers, etc?? Come on, I can't imagine how someone can think the idea was theirs... I would recommend them to be a little bit modest...
    + with this you have just shown you are so polite (as I already thought you were).

    lots of love from Madrid,
    xx

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  55. Yea...every blogger and their mother has done book covers/books as inspiration since livejournal was cool. I read their apology and stuff, but for them to have their readers attack your blog like you ACTUALLY stole something is just crazy. Are they going to attack me for dressing up as Cassandra in "I Capture the Castle" like a year before they even had their blog?
    UGH. I'm glad you can be graceful and understanding of this, but to me this is just bizarre and crazy and attention grabbing.
    I love your blog and I hope you keep posting beautiful and inspiring pictures and thoughts. xo.

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  56. Wow. It looks like I missed out on the whole mishap and I'm glad things seem to have settled down now. I love your blog and think you are even more of an amazing person now because of the gracious way you handled the whole situation. :)

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  57. I really love your blog, it has beauty and heart. It is sad that you had this situation and hope all is well now, I see Dewey Decimals have bounced back into business already, while you remain quiet. I just hope you have not had your confidence dented in posting again when others seem to find it so easy to move on, it would be a sad loss x

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  58. What springs to my mind is the special week that schools in my area do, when teachers and students all dress up based on characters in their favorite books...

    Now that The Dewey Decimals may be getting wind of this practice, perhaps they will feel compelled to bombard the school system with negative messages and make them stop this plagiaristic practice.

    Seriously, dressing up based on stories is about as old as dressing up.

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  59. "Stole their idea"... what are they, twelve yrs old?

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  60. I never heard of this blog before and i don't think that its an original concept that they should lay claim to. I'm a dedicated reader and always will be and i'm glad you've come to an arrangement.

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  61. Love your blog and your pictures.. I follow you!! :)

    Hugs!

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    http://goldensilt.blogspot.com/2011/11/cab-ride-ill-never-forget.html

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