17.1.09

Now this is just ugly

Young girl reviews book negatively. Author goes on offensive. (þ: Bookshelves of Doom)

I've had authors not like what I've said about their books. I've had readers not like what I write on my blog. And I've not liked books or blogposts I read. You know what? You put something out there, you open yourself to praise and condemnation. It's fine if you want to disagree with what you read or to defend your position, but to deny that someone's opinion is less than valid is just wrong.

5 comments:

Aravis said...

Yes, that was horrible. He posted an apology in the comments, offered to answer any questions to name a character after Nona, and to add her to his panel of young pre-readers from whom he likes feedback before submitting. Interesting to see how this develops.

camillofan said...

I happen to believe that not all opinions are equally valid, if validity has anything to do with being well-informed and/or thoughtful. I've rushed some insufficiently-considered things into cyber-print-- "opinions" I probably wasn't entitled to because I hadn't done my homework-- and I regretted it.

That said, I also think one ought to assume, unless internal evidence utterly prevents it, that others' opinions are formed and offered in good faith. Grown-ups who bully kids (online, in front of the whole world, no less!) for expressing theirs deserve to be reprimanded, and (as Aravis pointed out) the author in question certainly had to take his lumps! Did you see his contrite comment among the many "this author is an idiot" ones attached to the post you linked?

Lazygal said...

Yes, I saw his apology. My suspicious mind suggested that it was based more on the amount of angry comments than sincerely being sorry he'd said what he'd said.

Aravis said...

That was my thought as well. But at least he made the effort all the same, rather than ignoring the situation, or arguing further.

camillofan said...

Or maybe he just realized he'd been a jerk and genuinely regretted it. The older I get, the more I have to believe that's possible.