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Anyone else tired of it yet?

July 24, 2006

I’m a blog hopper. When I’m not writing (like I should be doing right now *g*)I like to skim the blogs and see what’s what in the blogging world. But if I have to read one more post on the big author reader divide I’m going to get a serious migraine. I like a little bit of gossip now and then, but contsantly hearing about the author saying this, and readers saying you can’t say that, and authors again saying what readers can’t say or think.

It’s one huge mess and it feels like junior high or something and there are the two clicks: readers and authors, and then those who walk the line in between, not really interested in being caught up in the power struggle over who is right and who is wrong every time some “issue” pops up. The simple matter of it is there are authors who say the wrongs things at times and there are readers who say the wrong things some times. The internet allows people a forum to speak their minds. Of course people should take advantage of it, why the hell not. If people are gonna listen, then by all means spout off.

But people cannot expect that because they’re “speaking from the heart” or “being honest” or “giving an opinion” that others aren’t going to get pissed about it. No one likes to be critized whether its an author getting a negative review, or a reader hearing they shouldn’t be allowed to speak their mind on any specific topic. It all comes down to being respectful about it. It’s all in the delivery. Like the difference between your favorite author and others you still read. It’s not the words they write, but “how” they write them.

If you disagree with something or someone, fine, its your perogative, but try to be a little humble and polite about it whether you’re the one giving the criticsm or taking it and leave the superior “they must bow to me because I’m the author/reader” attitude at home.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Stacy~ permalink
    July 25, 2006 10:52 am

    Hi Sydney. I’m tired of the whole issue, too. My thing is I have nothing, absolutely nothing against people speaking their mind. What I hate is the insults. The sense of entitlement. The necessity to be cruel and viscious and rip a book to shreds with apparent glee or attacking another person (could be author or reader doing the attacking).

    I’m a reader, and I don’t want to be lumped in with “readers who attack”. I also think authors should be allowed to speak up as well (though maybe a few should learn to lie low LOL), after all, it’s their career choice, and have every right to defend it. But authors also have to be careful not to come across insulting and rude to the readers. Not that Big Brother is hanging on every word, but it’s pretty obvious these things get out and multiply.

    I’ve been called a fangirl, which I don’t actually have a problem with, but it comes across as an insult. Like I’m at the bottom of consumer barrel. Well, I make enough money and have selected reading as my vice, so my place in the reading pool allows me to spend anywhere between $200-$500+ a month on books.

    Anyway, I’ll get off the soapbox because I don’t want to end on a negative note. I just want to say that being one of the circling sharks is so not my thing. I don’t find it enjoyable. That doesn’t make me all sweetness and light; it just means I’d rather spend time discussing issues that truly make a difference, ya know?

    Have a good one 🙂

  2. Sydney permalink
    August 2, 2006 5:50 pm

    And that’s the whole point, not that it’s not okay to share your opinion, but “how” a person does it. It’s the insults that make it just a nasty issue it can’t die a fast enough death for me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Stacy!

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