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James Frey settles lawsuit with readers -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 8th 2006 1:10PM
james freyRemember James Frey? He's the author of A Million Little Pieces, which became a bestseller thanks to Oprah Winfrey. Earlier this year, The Smoking Gun uncovered that Frey's book, which he claimed was non-fiction, was at least partially fabricated. At first, Oprah defended him but then she came to her senses and beat him witless on her show. It was an ugly affair, wasn't it? Thousands of readers filed a class action lawsuit against Frey and his publisher, Random House, claiming they were defrauded. Now Frey and his publisher have agreed to give refunds to all the people involved in the lawsuit. It will take months before everyone's money is returned.

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You people are all nuts. It's a NON-FICTION book. It is supposed to be true. What is so hard to understand about that? If you want to write a novel about a drug addict whose life bears a passing resemblance to yours, go nuts. Don't pass it off as being true.

September 08 2006 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Writing is considered an art. An artist can interprit things the way they want. If somone paint a picture of a beach from memory it's no different than if he paints it on location. The end result is the same.

September 08 2006 at 3:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

BGDC-I agree with you wholeheartedly.

September 08 2006 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good lord this whole thing bothers me. ANYONE buying a book and believing it's anything but fiction needs serious help. Non-fiction books are not real or truth...an author paints the world through his/her eyes and distorts facts to make them more appealing to his thesis and his intended readers. Just like movie documentaries, there's very little reality in a non-fiction book.

September 08 2006 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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