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Is it plagiarism to copy your own work?
on October 6, 2011
I love Ellen - so much so that I never miss her show. I record it when I have to go out. I say this to explain how I know and am so disappointed by the fact I am only partway through her new book and am recognising tracts of it from her show. The stand-up routine she does at the beginning of each show has been included in chunks. Sometimes I don't think she's changed a word - such as Portia and her lotion addiction resulting in her being trapped in the bathroom unable to turn the doorknob to escape. I laughed and laughed when I first saw Ellen say that. Not so much reading it almost word for word. I also laughed the first time I saw her displaying Mama Betty's odd collection of hoarded junk including a VHS tape of Abs of Steel. Funny then. I could go on, but I am guessing this answers the question Ellen asks at the start of the book: how she found the time to write it. Maybe I'll just call her a good recycler. I still love her - that's why I gave this a fairly generous three stars. But I am sad the book isn't fresher and more biographical and a little less, ahem, retreaded. For people who don't religiously watch her show, they will find this funny, especially if they liked My Point Is And I Do Have One, as it is written in that style.