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Kaavya Viswanathan faces new allegations that her novel, "How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life," borrowed material from earlier works.
While the newly-uncovered similarities between "Opal Mehta" and works by Salman Rushdie and two other authors are not as striking as the previously revealed parallels to Megan McCafferty's books, the allegations raise fresh questions about the originality of Viswanathan's novel.
But few if any "chick-lit" works have ever received the level of intense scrutiny that "Opal Mehta" is now enduring. And it is not clear whether the new allegations suggest further plagiarism, or whether Viswanathan is simply employing tropes that are widely-used in the genre.