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Swedish-Chinese author accused of plagiarism

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 26 Apr 2009, 10:13

Published: 26 Apr 2009 10:13 GMT+02:00

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Wiewei Zhang is a Swedish citizen born in China and is a prolific author who writes under the pseudonym "vivibear". She is a popular novelist and is one of the few romantic fiction writers to enjoy extensive coverage in the Chinese media.

This coverage has however recently been dedicated not to the literary content of her novels, but to allegations that she has plagiarized much of her work.

According to Chinese media reports all of her sixteen completed novels to date show varying degrees of plagiarism.

Weiwei Zhang was born in 1977 in Zhejiang Province in China. She married a Swedish engineer in 2004 and the couple now reside in Sweden.

Under the pseudonym "vivibear" she has managed to sell more than a million copies of her nine published novels in the past four years. She has during this period signed several major book contracts, and was in 2008 rated the most successful Chinese internet writer.

Allegations that she had copied much of her work began to emerge in the Chinese media in January 2009.

After the scandal broke Weiwei Zhang has maintained her silence and is reported to have since deleted and corrected much of her work on her online blog, which she now uses to publish her work after falling out with her online publisher in 2007.

Several of the companies with which "vivibear" holds contracts have since responded and many have pulled her books from shelves as evidence mounts against the author.

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Zhang's latest novels "Fantasy Knight" and "101st Time Runaway Bride" have been delayed by the publisher for "unspecified reasons".

Attempts by The Local to reach Weiwei Zhang for a comment on Sunday were unsuccessful.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

07:05 April 27, 2009 by linnamai
What a pity!

I think Weiwei Zhang must be a villain.
12:17 April 27, 2009 by kamaroo
Such a great funny disgrace to the Chinese people!
12:20 April 27, 2009 by kamaroo
By the way, im a chinese and it has shamed me.

sorry for my poor spoken english.
15:58 April 27, 2009 by mizuki
T_T 妈啊...好丢脸啊,,中国人的脸啊,别带CHINA了好不?
16:07 April 27, 2009 by mizuki
This newa very good, support you, the reporter
17:12 April 27, 2009 by neu
17:26 April 27, 2009 by neu
In the word of vivibear:喜感了.
21:27 April 27, 2009 by say hi
First of all, we shame on her. Her bad attitude lost her grace to be a popular writer. As an adult, she is refusing to admit her mistake and even blaming people who exposed her plagiarism. She insulted those people as clowns and used the animal "they" to describe them in her blog.

Second of all,we thank you for your reporting this news. We have been working for a couple of months to collect her evidences and asking her to apologize to 245 original writers. Though we haven't got any results yet, we will keep working on it. Your reporting makes more people knowing it, it's a really good supportive way to us. Thank you.

By Anti-plagiarism high school students group from Baidu.
01:34 April 28, 2009 by agnes521
Diese Frau ist also eine Diebin und muss als Diebin behandelt werden. Sie hat so viel abgekupfert und hört auf noch nicht mit Plagiat. Sie muss umerzogen werden.
01:36 April 28, 2009 by agnes521
Gegen Plagiat !!!!!!!
16:18 April 29, 2009 by fengalice
As a senior studengt,I'm sorry for my poor English that I can't express myself exactly.

I feel so sorry that such thing should have taken place in China. As a Chinese,I do feel ashemed.

Thank you for you reporting this news that will inform more people to know this about vivi Zhang.

Thanks once again.Hope more foreigners will know it.
13:18 April 30, 2009 by barryberry
I'm a Chinese from Hong Kong.

As a Chinese, when I saw this news, it really took me aback and I felt really ashamed! China is rising now and has much influence on the world. We have to make every effort to fight against anything which destroy the reputation of China. Such kind of case is more than enough. I hope this news can act as a lesson to be learnt by Chinese not to do the same thing again to affect the international status of China.
15:27 April 30, 2009 by yaoytoo
shen shen ni hai shi bu yao hui zhong guo le. = =+
14:55 May 1, 2009 by antiplagiarism
She WAS a Chinese and she IS a Swedish.

Actually, her identity make it more difficult to bring an accusation against her.

Right, it's a shame, but that can't be the excuse to deny the fact of plagiarism.

I'm proud of being a member of an antiplagiarism group and I'll try my best to fight for the legal rights of authors plagiarized.
15:50 May 12, 2009 by sprinklingofssh
I compared the love letter she put online for her Swedish husband. And it was also plagiarized.

I find this immensely funny and pathetic. LOL. Poor guy
08:38 August 29, 2009 by sichuanearthquake
Vivibear is the vilest living creature to ever hold the title "author".

She even copied what others wrote to remember those who died during the Sichuan Earthquake.

I hope her karma catches up with her, and soon!
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