So if you’ve been blissfully ignorant about the shit that went down on GoodReads, let me sum it up for you. A reader wrote a review of a book, it was a negative review, an author who’s a friend of the author whose book was reviewed, went into the review, acted like an asshole. That wasn’t enough so he and a couple of other authors ganged up on the reviewer on twitter. They have (had) a hashtag and some of the tweets:
Have these people lost all their marbles? Seriously? What the fuck is wrong with them? They are authors. And their success depends on READERS whom they so blithely insult. Okay no, let’s start from the very heart of the issue.
Negative reviews. For fuck’s sake, if Shakespeare can be slammed as a bad writer, why can’t these people? Do they really think that they are entitled to fucking five star reviews all the time? Seriously? Do they think all their work are masterpieces? DO THEY FORGET THAT READING IS FUCKING SUBJECTIVE? Oh my god. I’m so angry I can’t even articulate myself without wanting to eviscerate something. I understand that being told your work sucks is upsetting, I’ve been through it or does this mean that these people haven’t ever taken writing classes where people shred, decimate, KILL your work in the name of workshopping and helping you be a better writer? If they haven’t, I think it should be mandatory for every new writer to take a fucking class in how to be thick skinned.
Actually, I’m generalizing but IT IS REALLY DIFFICULT to remain detached when you see the whole host of writers throwing their lot in with Krokos and sneering at the people who make their fucking books reach the the NYT bestseller list. We are your audience. Who do you think buys your books? People who haven’t even heard of it? Why would you want to shoot your nose off to spite your face?
Another thing that pissed me off so very much I could have sworn I was about to breathe fire was the last tweet by Courtney Allison Moulton.
That whole threat about not making it in the publishing world because you are publishing negative reviews? That’s gotten old. Really old. Are these people going to take pictures of our reviews and then forward t hem to all the agents they know telling them to “be careful of that bitch, she writes negative reviews so don’t sign her on?” Or are you going to put us on some blacklist for oh, you know, being honest about our feelings and our expressions of it and “destroying our careers” because of our inability to lie through our teeth and suck up to authors.
I feel bad for the original author because unlike her “friend,” she is gracious and despite the fiasco that the original thread turned out to be, I am going to read her book. Her “friend’s” help did her no good and jeez, if I had friends like that, I’d stick closer to my enemies.
I read YA because I like it. I write reviews because I have something to say. I am not doing it to stroke someone’s ego nor am I pandering to the demands of the publishers. I am doing it because I love books.
Today is the first time I have felt disrespected as a reader. I make it a policy to not be too friendly with authors simply because I don’t want them (personality, opinions etc) to shadow their books but in cases like these, I can’t help it because they shove it right in my face. As such I am not going to read the books of people who can’t be bothered to give me the respect I deserve as a reader.