There was a period in romance-diversification when someone (diverse) would tell a painful story from their life and then someone else on Twitter (and I saw this happen MULTIPLE TIMES) would say, “wow, stealing this for my book! :) :) :)”
The few times I witnessed it, it was distressing for the person it happened to. At that point in time, it was not the done thing to say, “What is wrong with you? I am a human being, not a source for stories, and I also write books and can put it in my own book if I want.”
There’s a difference between drawing on things we hear about to inform how we understand the world and inspire the stories we create, and straight up taking.
None of this is wrong under copyright law. It doesn’t really fit the definition of plagiarism. But telling someone else’s story in this fashion is just distressing at best, and if you’re skipping across marginalizations, possibly worse than that.

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