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The Shocking Truth Behind Christina Dodd's NASTY LITTLE HABIT

It can be very sad when a talented person succumbs to the lure of a dangerous vice. But author Christina Dodd has no compunction about hiding her addiction. In the name of paying homage, the author cheerfully admits to cribbing the plots of some of the most romantic stories of all time for her novels. "What I do is honor those stories that deserve to be revisited, drawing on the rich traditions of the storytellers before me. It's not the same story because it has the same TV Guide blurb; it is the author's voice that tells the tale. Look at the similarities between 'Sabrina' and 'Cinderella,' 'My Fair Lady' and 'Pygmalion,' 'Clueless' and Emma, Bridget Jones's Diary and Pride and Prejudice."

Hmm. Maybe she isn't technically a klepto, but even Dodd must admit, the heroine of MY FAVORITE BRIDE, her new historical from Avon, definitely has some sticky fingers. When the artful Dodd decided to lift the plot from yet another beloved love story, "The Sound of Music" to be specific, she clearly let her pilfering tendencies transfer to her leading lady: in her version, Maria's a former pickpocket! In the latest in her Governess Brides series, Dodd alters just enough details to stay on the right side of the law, so the heroine is really named Samantha, not Maria, and she falls in love with Colonel William Gregory, not Captain von Trapp. And the kids are six rebellious daughters not a mixed set of boys and girls. Still, there's singing and playclothes and parties and hilltops, so really it's all the same. But a pickpocketing governess? Well, really! What would Julie Andrews say?

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