The things I do for this site. I let Candy read and review Cassie Edwards. I dodge her attempts to make me read it to share in the badness that is Desire’s Blossom.
I’m kidding – I love writing on this site like you have no idea. So I took one for the team and read this entire rant/entry from the LKH blog.
Oh my stars, that’s a lot of words. Blue on black, too. My eyes are crossing more than usual.
I do agree with her idea that, yes, if you’re going to be a douche and go to her site and bash her because you don’t like her books, you run the risk of looking like a douche. She gets it, she writes. You don’t like the series. Got it.
The point of most of the comments here at SBTB, where we are brilliant and fair and oh-so-erudite, was that we were collectively disappointed with the direction Anita took as a character, and thus we stopped buying. We are classy about the venue we chose to air our comments, but we still say, ‘OK, this series has descended into sucktown and we aren’t buying it, literally.’ Seems LKH is ok with that.
LKH is right that the concept of the “negative fan” who is obsessive about a book to the point where they’ll do anything to demonstrate how much they hate that book, hate it hate it OMG the rage the seething rage the insanely lucrative rage that causes them to buy the book they hate hate hate with the hate of a thousand suns and a credit card filled with hate, is weird.
I’m with you, ma’am; that is weird. Though, yes, fans are fans, positive or negative, and therefore any publicity is good publicity, yadda yadda. To elicit such a response from a person, preferably one with a wallet with cash in it, can be a good thing in a way.
Where I raised a brow was this part: “There are books that don’t make you think that hard. Books that don’t push you past that comfortable envelope of the mundane.”
Ma’am, I was with you right up to that point. The generosity in your response to others bashing your books leads right into a cotton-wrapped insult about my ability to think intelligently. Way to evaporate my empathy there. Pfft. There it went. Or maybe I’m really stoopid and missed the point of your post. Was there clue cake involved? I’m lost when it comes to the clue cake.
I’m also lost when it comes to the idea that the negatively-obsessed fan doesn’t appreciate the characters as much as she and the adoring ones do. Speaking solely for myself, I was disappointed and stopped reading the series because I liked Anita so much and didn’t feel that her character later in the series matched who she was in the beginning. Many other comments here were in accord regarding Anita’s change, particularly in terms of her feelings of self-conflict. In the beginning, she was wonderfully wrought and so realistic I’d get serious jibblies when I read the books. Two of them are on my keeper shelf because they scared the crap out of me. Now? Two words: glistening orifice (TM Kaite).
So it’s not a question of reality vs. not-as-real-to-me. Anita was real-enough to me that when she changed as a person I didn’t like her as much, and dropped her much as I would someone in my real and actual life who did more harm than good.
Getting smacked in the ass by a rabid fanbase is not fun, no matter if you’re the author with the meanie douche fans trolling your boards, or if you’re the lone voice saying, ‘Man, I read this, and I didn’t like it, and here’s why I’m bummed’ only to have the rabid adoration-bent fans tie you on a spit over a very large flame. I empathize and suspect that a great many writers don’t read too many reviews from sources they don’t trust, even if that distrustful source is their own reader-response area on their website.
But to imply that the reason I don’t like the Blake series is because I’m either (a) dumb or (b) unable or unwilling to accept that the characters should tell me what they want to do as much as they tell Ms. Hamilton, is at least insulting and at most completely and utterly daffy.