This controversial post seems to be making the rounds in the book community and rubbing readers the wrong way in the three hours since it’s been posted. Though I’ve never read this particular author’s books, I admit to being taken aback by the thoughts shared here, which makes me never want to pick up anything this author writes. Bloggers are generally well-versed in how to review books politely. It’s common knowledge to avoid tagging authors in negative reviews, but to completely exclude them from raving reviews seems counterintuitive.
Lately, my bubble has been burst on multiple occasions by authors’ rants. It seems they are forgetting who is paying their bills. For the most part, readers and bloggers are supporting the book community at their personal expense. We pay for books, book signings, retreats, and devote our precious free time to reading, photographing, and talking about the books we love. Yet, many authors lately like to call out readers and bloggers for not living up to their expectations. Is it too much to ask for a little humility?
I hate to say it, but I find myself retreating away from the book world due to things like this happening. I am losing respect for people who have made a difference in my life because they seem ungrateful. I think we need to bring back the separation between authors and their readers again. Everyone is now instantly accessible through social media and our personal feelings toward authors are only serving to dilute the reading experience, in my opinion. This is why we continue to hold more off-the-grid authors like Stephen King and J.K. Rowling in high esteem. They aren’t ruining their careers by complaining publicly about those who buy their books.
The bottom line is this: if you don’t like your readers, don’t write.
I’d love for others to weigh in here. What are your thoughts?
**NOTE: Since this post was published, the author deleted her post and completely backpedaled to paint herself in a better light. In her initial post, she asked readers to stop tagging authors in ALL reviews, good and bad. Now, she says she meant negative reviews only and is blaming white people for disrespecting a black woman’s boundaries.**
Make up your own mind on the issue.