I’ve been plagiarized by Michele Schalin at Movie Junkies. She’s been stealing from others too.

You know, my review of Fight Club is quite ancient now, and I’ve learned a lot about writing since then.

So I think it’s odd that the film critic… or should I say, the fake film critic Michele Schalin, who also has a business called Josiesque Designs, chose that review to plagiarize.

Then again, maybe she’s plagiarized more of my reviews and I have yet to find the evidence. What fun!

Here’s the evidence: The Fight Club review at Movie Junkies.

My original Fight Club review.

Thanks to Andrew G at Filmbrain who brought this to my attention. Apparently, Michelle Schalin has done this before. She has also stolen from MaryAnn Johanson. Here’s a story about that. And Andrew reports that Schalin has also plagiarized reviews by Eric D. Snider and William Goss.

Feel free to spread the word about this on Twitter. Schalin’s Twitter handle is @themoviejunkies.

Update #1: They have taken down the review. Wow, they acted fast. Almost like they’re used to this sort of thing. But here are the screen shots I grabbed before they did it:


Update #2: Friends who are registering at Movie Junkies and posting comments about the plagiarism are having their comments deleted and their registration revoked:

Caleb Land writes:

I wasn’t even rude and not only did she delete all my comments, she deleted my username and kicked me off the site (which I had just signed up for). Good luck getting that apology Jeffrey, looks like she wants to deny it.

UPDATE #3 – Saturday:

Michele Schalin has closed her website for “scheduled maintenance.” Another lie. The Movie Junkies Facebook page has also ceased to exist.

And the lies continue. Read Eric Snider’s latest blog entry.

Meanwhile, those of us investigating have discovered that a href=”http://budachamber.com/”>the Buda Chamber of Commerceawarded Schalin as their Business Person of the Year award in 2011 for Josiesque Designs. What a champ.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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