Reaching new lows for the legal profession

People reports In class-action suits filed in Manhattan Monday, publishers Random House and Nan Talese are being accused of gross negligence for their role in James Frey's embattled memoir A Million Little Pieces – or rather, for their failure to act properly and fact-check Frey's reputed "brutally honest" account of his alcohol- and drug addictions.

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Aravis said...

Actually, I find this appropriate. James Frey is taking a lot of heat, but the truth of the matter is that when he wrote it, the book was meant to be a work of fiction. That was his intention. It was the publishers who decided that since there were elements of truth from his real life in it, they wanted to publish it as a memoir. Non-fiction sells better. Frey was most definitely wrong in capitulating, but he doesn't necessarily deserve to be crucified the way he has been. He certainly shouldn't be the only one punished for it. They didn't fail to fact-check; they knew. It was their idea.

I don't like Oprah and have never made any bones about that fact, so it should come as no surprise that while everyone else is applauding her, I think she should feel pretty ashamed of herself. That interview was all about her own wounded pride and ego because she was taken in. I dislike her more than ever now.

Lazygal said...

Sorry, it's not 'lawsuit worthy'. Feel betrayed. Feel annoyed. Feel whatever. But suing? It's just another example of abusing the system.

One of the suits wants to compensate readers for the time spent on the book. PLEASE. If I could do that, I'd be able to richer than Bill Gates.

Yes, it was mislabeled as memoir. Yes, it was flawed. But a lawsuit? What utter crap.

Aravis said...

No, it's not right to sue for time spent on reading a book. I agree with you on that! *G*