Well, it only took a year and a half for my novel to be pilfered. It was stolen by a man who deigns to put his homespun attempts at film making on IMDB's database. Yes, he's a bottom feeder, folks, and so he did what bottom feeders do: he picked low hanging fruit in MY orchard of intellectual property.
Thor Moreno ripped off my title, several characters, the setting of Kultus (land bordering an Indian reservation in the Pacific Northwest), a "monster" . . . . the list goes on and on.
Here is the plot summary of the film: Fluffy Plot Summary According to "The Street Scribe"
Anyway, here is the Book Thief, himself:
And here is a "teaser" for the film, Kultus, that was put on Youtube seven months ago:
Notice how Moreno released the above teaser way before his movie was finished. And he called it "official" to try and worm out of people saying, "Dude, did you steal all of this intellectual property from the guy who released the novel, Kultus, in December of 2013?"
You gotta hand it to Moreno: once he saw (or heard about) a good thing, he didn't waste any time stealing every last pound of flesh he could carve from my original body of work. Even though the end product of Moreno's theft is amateurish hack work, it is certainly better than it would have been without data mining my novel for content.
The (afore linked) plot summary on The Street Scribe conveniently leaves out who wrote the screenplay. All it lists are three producers and Moreno as director. The other "producers" are as follows: Annette Duffy, Chris McAninch, Shawn McAninch. The production company is listed as Global View Productions. However, in the above "teaser," Thor Moreno is listed as writer/director.
Here is a review of the film on Search My Trash. And here is Moreno's IMDB page about Kultus: IMDB.
It is surprising that Moreno had the audacity to go ahead and spell Kultus with a "K." This spelling is highly unusual, especially when a work of fiction centers around Pacific Northwest Native American culture and place names.
In the United States and Canada, the Native American place name is almost always spelled with a "C" as in "Cultus."
As a writer, I made a very deliberate decision to spell my novel with a "K" in order to keep it from being confused with the word "cult" by folks that were not familiar with the Native American place name.
In German, the word "Kultus" means "a system of religious beliefs and practices." The double entendre of this cross-over term made it extra appropriate to the plot and content of my novel, which deals with the belief in intra-dimensional "gods," both on the part of Native Americans, and on the part of European cultures.
I have studied the Icelandic language, Old Norse, German, and French at the university level. For me, the magic of words is never lost. I literally worship this magically symbolic form of thinking with every particle of my being.
And so, I truly love words and I know that they are not intellectual property any more than the molecules in a human body is the property of that body PRIOR OR AFTER THEY ARE INSIDE IT. But when molecules or words create a living, breathing body, then they BELONG to the author or the owner of that body. Words are the symbols we use to convey ideas and those ideas are intellectual property.
That is why the word "plagiarism" literally means "kidnap" in Latin. Thor Moreno is an impotent low-life kidnapper who, based upon his theft of my intellectual body of work, does not have the ability to create ideas on his own. How very sad for him.
As a man of Scandinavian descent, I must say that the picture below does not embody what I tend to think of as someone with the name "Thor." Seriously, I wonder if Moreno's parents actually named him that. Sounds more like a pseudonym to me.
Thor Moreno's bio says he left a career in music to pursue film making. If his musical output was anything like his work behind the camera, he should have abandoned both pursuits in favor of making an honest living.