No worries. Just use the text from a lesser known work. But please, make it a really lesser known work, for Chrissakes.
Little, Brown and Co. published Viswanathan’s How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life in March and it is currently on the New York Times bestseller list.
The young writer had made headlines because of her youth and the two-book, $500,000 US deal she signed with Little, Brown while still in high school. Her book has also been reportedly optioned for a film.
This looks like a pretty compelling argument. Viswanathan is under scrutiny for copying passages from the books of Megan McCafferty, a former Cosmo editor. Check this out:
On page 6 of McCafferty’s book Sloppy Firsts, she writes: “Sabrina was the brainy Angel. Yet another example of how every girl had to be one or the other: Pretty or smart.”
On page 39 of Viswanathan’s book, she writes: “Moneypenny was the brainy female character. Yet another example of how every girl had to be one or the other: smart or pretty.”