You don't know what kind of lunatics you might cross. If you look at her book page, you'll see this author doesn't even have reviews that personally attack her.
What is she smoking? Why are you so obsessed in finding out one teeny tiny human being who gave your book one star????
Who cares if this reviewer is using someone else's picture, or is actually who she says she is except using a fake name, or if she's a timetraveller come all the way from 1962 Planet Mars??
I use a picture of Dean Winchester, and God only knows if I'm really Jensen Ackles. Does that matter?? I'm not stealing someone's social security or credit card details. I'm not stalking some 20-something Asian girl with malicious intent. I just want to review God-damn books.
Who's the real stalker? Who's the real danger? Who's the real creep in this scenario?? Seriously.
article --> http://bit.ly/1sYsAS6
review in question --> https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/640892161
I recently finished reading Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini and it inspired me to write a piece on one of the world of literature's most common blueprint: the perfect male love interest.
Basically, a Gary Stu.
if anyone's interested, you can read more at my blog.
As if it isn't bad enough just reading about stalkers, abusive relationships, and dangerous men being glorified just because they're hot, something like this goes and happens out there in the real world.
He may or may not be a perfect gentleman, but he is a convicted felon with gang history (and that eyedrop tatt would imply that he actually killed a human being before). But no, come all let's donate to get him out on bail because he's super dreamy.
From this little gem of an author (emphasis mine):
That is what bullies do. One can give an honest review as to why they did not care of a particular book- it doesn’t mean that someone else won’t. They do not have to make it personal nor do they have to go on and on and on in a rant. There is a difference in a professional review and an unprofessional review. The professional review simply states, I read the book- I did or did not care for it- The unprofessional review has to attack the author, the characters and the story line. It becomes character assassination of the author.
I'm sorry that your life is so tiny you feel the need to live vicariously through your characters... which is the only explanation why you would feel insulted when I insult your fictional characters.
If I am NOT expanding on the problems I had with the characters and story line (ie. what fucking MAKES a novel) .... then what am I SUPPOSED to be critiquing on?
Get a clue, woman.
......I'M ON IT!
And it looks so promising.
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So I'm spring cleaning the fuck out of my attic, and came across boxes and boxes filled with old stories I'd written back in my childhood and teenage years.
Needless to say, I went down to revisit my younger "creative writing" years, and am too embarrassed to crawl out.
Last updated: 12 November 2013
updated for: links
I remember almost two decades ago when I used to sit in front of the telly and watch the awesomeness that was Sailor Moon. The anime remains one of my favourites of all times; I played the games when it was out on SNES (yes I am that old), but shamefully, I've never read a single chapter of the manga.
It's about time I remedy that... so I've got myself the re-release and will be posting chapter reviews on my absolutely new tumblr page (more reasons to post sailor senshi fan art!!)
I is excited.
also posted at elfswood
Is it just me, or does it seem like every time you write a negative review of a book, someone somewhere is going to take offence at it?
Maybe it's my writing style, as sometimes when a book riles me up enough, I tend to let the bad words fly and bitter sarcasm show. And more often than not, especially amongst my more popular reviews posted at goodreads, I'm going to end up insulting someone.
So this little post is just to clear up once and for all: my opinion of a book do not reflect my opinion of the people who like (or dis-like) it, and it is never ever in a million years my intention to give the impression that it does.
I'm fairly certain this is also true for all the other reviews out there written by other readers/reviewers/bloggers. So at the same time, this post is also a call for fellow readers to not take reviews personally. If there are reviews that attack readers personally (and I'm sure there may be a smattering of those around), then my advice is: do not feed the troll.
But this also opens up an interesting question: Why do we tend to get offended, or maybe slightly irked, when someone happens to absolutely loathe your favourite book?
Maybe answering these questions can help us understand, and later completely shrug off -- or even come to enjoy -- negative reviews of books we love.
last edit: 20 October 2013
for posterity and my own personal reminder.
This list is NOT intended to cause harm or any sort of distress on the individuals contained herein. However, if it somehow (although highly unlikely) contributes to a significant decrease in their sales, unfortunately that is not my problem and I do not have a moral responsibility in ensuring a writer's financial success.
No bullying here, folks, move along.
by William Peter Blatty
For a book titled The Exorcist, there wasn't much exorcism happening.
There are two ways in which I appreciate this piece of work: as a horror novel intended purely to thrill, and as a finer piece of literature that is able to satisfy all elements of plot, character and conflict, and tie up all loose ends.
In short, I enjoyed this novel as a cheap thrill. It really did manage to spook me out, and the descriptions were vivid enough to make me cringe.
But I was not pleased at the resolution. Our "Exorcist" the novel was named after only made an appearance at the beginning and the end of the novel.
The ending was abrupt, and what was supposed to be a great big sacrifice only ended up seeming like a lazy way to conclude things.
Okay, I'm reblogging this from a user who reblogged it from a user who reblogged it from a.......... well. You get the point. I don't know WHO originally copied the screenshot and wrote the post but I wish I did so I could at least give proper credit.
Well thanks to Silver Thistle, I managed to find out the original poster:
The subject is crap but Dawid's comment makes it awesome so you have to see it.
AnHeC managed to make it on STGRB's brand spanking new BookLike's Sidebar of Popularity for no reason other than her Friends list.
Dawid's comment deserves All The Likes:
I can't express how relieved I am that someone gives a damn about our safety on this site. I am honestly choked up with emotions because this site honestly wants us to be safe.
I wish I had known about this site sooner.
I know y'all are probably tired of this by now, but I'm the type of person who itches at a debate. So many people out there, not being as immersed in the Goodread's community as its more avid users, are under the impression that bullying is actually a thing that happens there.... and I had to chime in with my own two cents.
......because I'm simply choked full of work pretty much ALL the time, which is why I've decided to open up guest posting and co-blogging options over at my blog. Also have a number of ebooks for guest reviewers as my pile just keeps getting bigger and bigger. *sigh
Yes, I am happy with these guidelines.
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Okay I am still hopelessly lost.
ALTHOUGH I do like the tumblr-for-books concept.
I shall dedicate some hefty hours trying to navigate through this BookLikes once I have more time.
In the mean time..... Ranting on Goodreads new policy over at my blog just to get that load off my chest.