Author Kate Loss Accuses Dave Eggers of Stealing Book Idea - Cries Sexism, Irrevelence of Women
Kate Loss, author of THE BOY KINGS, has accused Dave Eggers of stealing her book idea because he is a man and we live in a sexist world.
She blogs, "Society makes assumptions about women that make us guilty by default: our work is supposedly minor, less valuable, and limited to the personal, where the work of a white man is presumed to be "universal", "essential", and relevant to all. This assumption is how, when I published The Boy Kings about working at Facebook for five years and the impact Facebook has had on society, the media made the sexist assumption that this book was not important..... So, when Dave Eggers decided to write his story about a young woman working her way up through Facebook, the Wall Street Journal called it a treatment of "the essential issues of the day." From all appearances, it is an unnervingly similar book, and I wrote it first (and I imagine mine is more authentic and better written, because I actually lived and worked in this world and am also a good writer). The difference is that Eggers is a famous man and I am not."
She goes on to say that "powerful, creative, important voices are being silenced and replaced by the voices of the same men you already know and have heard from, men who aren't necessarily better at writing about these topics," and blames the Wall Street Journal for making certain assumptions about Dave Eggers.
Read her full blog here.