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avoiding Oprah's wrath

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 02, 2006

Author James Frey is in big trouble, because some-- no, actually quite a few-- of the incidents he describes in his best-selling memoir A Million Little Pieces are not actually true. Frey's best effort at an explanation is that the fabricated details make for a more interesting story.

They probably do. If he had just called his book a novel, Frey wouldn't have faced the righteous indignation of Oprah Winfrey and others. The trouble is: He said the book was non-fiction.

We're all clear on that issue, I trust? You can't say it's fact, and then write fiction.

But what if you write a work of fiction, but claim in your introduction that it's really factual-- even though, in reality, it's purely a product of your imagination? What would you call that?

You'd call it The DaVinci Code.

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  • Posted by: Eleazar - Feb. 03, 2006 10:39 AM ET USA

    Quite frankly, I don't give a grain of incense what Oprah thinks. These people feed off each other's celebrity. I wouldn't have read Frey's book in the first place, and darned sure wouldn't have read it after O put it on her booklist. Those who hang on every word that come forth from the mouth of O have entirely too much time on their hands.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 03, 2006 9:37 AM ET USA

    What a pity that we don't have "eye-witness reports" for creation and evolution.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Feb. 02, 2006 6:20 PM ET USA

    No one complains about the Da Vinci Code because Dan Brown is trashing the Catholic Church in general, and Opus Dei in particular. We are still the last, best target of bigotry.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 02, 2006 5:07 PM ET USA

    How true! And no one complains about The DaVinci Code. How Sad.Come on Oprah.

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