Hoping someone will know. Is this plagiarism? It is hard to explain so, I will give an example.
" I carry an image with me, like a Kodak snapshot from 1960 when the colors still looked gooey under the gloss. It’s a picture of my maternal grandmother, Nafina (an Armenian version of Athena) Aroosian, and her daughters, Aunt Gladys and Aunt Lucille, walking up our flagstone path. Behind them, out of focus, a Chevy Biscayne, ice-cream white, with thick chrome tapering to the back fender. The tops of the turquoise-colored seats glare in the noon sun. It’s Sunday, after church, and everyone is out. There’s a hardball game going on in the cul-de-sac at the end of the block. Kids run through the spray of a sprinkler, darting between hedges of newly planted hemlocks."
Now, if you were to put this whole paragraph in your novel, remove some sentences, or rearrange them it would be considered plagiarism.
What if instead you did this:
" In my back pocket I keep a photo, a polaroid from the 90"s but, it looked much older. In it are my parents, twin brother and little sister, standing in front of the Washington Monument. Behind them, out of focus, a little girl tugging at her moms sweater and an old man feeding some pigeons or maybe rats. I always liked to believe they were rats…"
So, you would follow everything the whole book just changing as much as you can as you go.Changed liek making men women, day to night, cold to hot, etc… Is it plagiarism?
I have asked/searched the web and most have said no, few yes, and many said no but, that it seemed like a HUGE hassle.
Now, before people ask what I plan to do. I do not want to do this but, I am positive some ass in my class is doing this using Wordsworth poems. I am not going to do snitch just curious.