I’ve started a half a dozen blog posts over the past month or so, but nothing ever seemed right. I even had one that was going to post this morning, before more events unfolded and things got waylaid yet again. I’m tired of talking about delusional fantasies and idiotic accusations, however. This is all getting in the way of my life and damn it, it’s getting in the way of my posting reviews and posting a gazillion book giveaways. I’ve been remiss in allowing myself to think that I needed to write anything about this before I could get back to reviewing, and I’m going to do my best to get back to that with some semblance of clarity soon.
For now, very briefly, I want to confirm that:
- Yes, I’ve seen the latest attempt to create scandal and seek attention by the infamous Vanity Author.
- I’ve seen HuffPost Books’ irresponsible decision to give Vanity a platform for her complaints.
- Many reviewers are still being stalked.
- Reviewers are still being called douchebags and morons.
- Yes, I continue to get trolls. Sometimes they even feel the need to write 4 paragraph reprimands to me on their Amazon reviews and 6 paragraph rants calling me out on their GoodReads reviews.
- I still believe that bad behavior–meaning author meltdowns, trolling, etc.–tends to breed other bad behavior, particularly among young and impressionable fans.
It’s all just so absurd, and all this isn’t even because of a disagreement about books! This is all because of some over-sized egos and a severe lack of self-control.
I have so many things I want to say about author attacks and reviewer-on-reviewer attacks, but honestly, right now I just can’t deal with the negativity. And I’m tired of feeling like I need to address this stuff before I can move on. So I’m going to simply say that yes, I’ve been watching this escalating behavior, and yes, I will probably talk about some of it at a later date, because make no mistake, it is far from over.
But for now, I’m going to be moving on with regularly scheduled programming. All of this personal drama takes the focus off of books, which is where our attention belongs.
Beyond everything else and most importantly, however, I owe huge, heartfelt thanks to the many people who have voiced their support over the past seven weeks or so. I am stunned at the amount of love and kindness that has been left for me via hundreds of blog comments, GoodReads comments, tweets, and emails. It’s all been pretty overwhelming so I haven’t even had the brainpower to tackle my responses yet, but please know that your messages have meant a lot to me and I sincerely appreciate each and every one. I will never be able to thank you enough, and I will never forget it.
Lest anyone think the support only comes from fellow readers and bloggers who might have similar interests to mine, I’ve also heard from publishers, agents, and authors–and not only from those whom I already know, but complete strangers. Just a few of the authors who went out of their way to express their support for me, both publicly and privately, include Stacia Kane, Mira Grant, Jessica Spotswood, Josin McQuein, Rusty Fischer, Adrienne Kress, Claire LeGrande, Sarah Strohmeyer, Andrea Host, Shirley Marr, and KT Grant. It means a great deal to the reviewing community as a whole when established authors take a stance on a reviewer’s right to free speech, and it certainly means a great deal to me personally as well.
I’d also like to send a special shout-out to Mandy Hubbard, aka Amanda Grace, an agent and author whose last book I didn’t particularly enjoy. I’ve never spoken to her before, but would you believe she came onto my blog post to voice her support in spite of my 1-star review of her book? It’s gracious actions like these that restore my faith in the basic decency and goodness of human beings, and gives me some hope that this author-reader relationship can be a cordial one.
If you aren’t sick of this subject yet, here are just a few posts about this situation, the STGRB site, etc. If you’ve come across additional articles with good editorial, please feel free to leave a link in the comments.
But really…I’m coming back tomorrow with a review. Because it’s long overdue.
The Dating Game and I Don’t Need You to Avenge Me, Thanks by Stacia Kane
Bullying & GoodReads and Consequences by Foz Meadows
Something is Very Wrong with Us, and It’s Not Bad Reviews by Dear Author
Endangering Others Because The Hurt Your Feelings, I Was Waiting for This, and Not About Reviews by Her Hands, My Hands
Latest WTFckery Factor: Author Attacks Reviewer and Fails Big Time by K.T. Grant
On Reviewing and Losing Your Mojo by Bookalicio.us
MOTHER. FUCKING. GAAAAAAAAAH!!!! and Let’s Get Some Things Straight Here, Okay? by Jennifer Armintrout
Speaking Up and Out by Carolyn Jewel
Literary Feuding Sinks to a New Low by The Guardian
Here We Go Again by Claire Writes Words
Professional is as Professional Does by Claire Writes Words
Opinion, Territory, and Perception: The Idea of Bullying on GoodReads by Andrea Host
Bully Me, and I’ll Bully You Because That Makes it Right by Bawdy Book Blog
A Few Words on Reviews, Reviewing, and Bullshit by Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Stalking, Tantrums, and Bullying by Fangs for the Fantasy
Reporting Thursday Food, Fun, and Urban Fantasy
Dedicated Readers Only
The Shit Stops Here by Parajunkee
Authors Behaving Badly #6 by Pocketful of Books
On Negative Reviews and Personal Attacks by Rachel Russell
Thoughts on Recent Drama by Great Imaginations
Authors Behaving Badly discussion
Authors Behaving Badly #3 by Pocketful of Books
When Agents Go Bad by Book Goggles
The Selection Debacle Oh the Book Girl
Mean Girls vs. Shut Those Bitches Up by Two Old Farts Talking About Romance
Bullies and the Internet by Little Read Riding Hood
Self-Expressionism vs. Bullying by Sonomalass
The Dud Reviewer by Molly Johnson
WTF is Wrong with People? by Book Binge
My Message to Authors by Bluest Ribbon
On Bad Reviews, The Selection, and Wendy Darling by C.S. Einfeld
My Thoughts on the “Anti-bullying” Site Brouhaha by Bibliophililc Monologues
Authors and Negative Reviews, by Julie Kagawa
An Open Letter to Authors by Catherine Ryan Hyde
A Really Long Post About the Author/Reader Relationship by Veronica Roth
Updated with additional links:
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire and In All Seriousness by Gossamer Obsessions
Stop the GR Bullies: Get Over Yourself by Ray Garton
Bad Reviews and GoodReads: A Twisted Tale of Criticism by CSION
Bad Reviews: I Can Handle Them, and So Should You by John Scalzi
The Internet is a War That Must Be Won by Stacia Kane
GoodReads and the Rise of Digital Reviewing by Foz Meadows
GoodReads Reviewers and STGRB: When Will It End? by Urban Fantasy
Romance Novelists’ Association Annual Conference remarks by Moira Riggs
Diary of an Author by Meljean Brooks
Sucking it Up: The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Criticism by Ray Garton