Wednesday, 20 February 2013
This entry is my favourite, so far. I’m in tears. :|
Excelsior, fellow book lovers!
Sometimes I wonder why my books haven't asked for my parents' blessings yet.
You don't need to know who I am. Only that I like things. Like books. I am also a bookseller, which is why my hands are so dry to the point of them peeling off like snake-skin.
This blog is meant to be as ridiculous and funny as it is serious. I love books, reviewing them, discussing them, and analyzing them, but I'm also a fan of awesome things that make me laugh.
This does not include cheesy romantic comedies or lemon-flavoured candies. These are neither laugh-worthy (usually) or awesomely yummy (ick).
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This entry is my favourite, so far. I’m in tears. :|
Fan of so-and-so? Find out if you fit the stereotype! :) It’s pretty hilarious, though not entirely true.
I’m kind of proud of what’s happening now.
And also Phoebe North, I do not know you, or your writing, but I really like you. I feel like we could get along. Those guidelines are extremely fair and should be incorporated, for reals, in the idealistic world of authors and bloggers.
Many people were really offended by Julie Halpern's blog-rant about a “negative” review, which actually wasn't so bad. But to be fair, she said she wasn't bitter about losing the baby a few weeks into her pregnancy; I'd say she didn't know she was bitter and pissed at the unfairness of it. She probably took it out on the first “negative” review she saw. No, seriously, hormones people. And her uterus is/was tired. I would be pissed too. Not that I'm trying to give her excuses, but when my grandfather died (though I had him in my life for 12 years) I was pissed at the world too. Also when I bake intensely (like Cake Pops), I get irrational. E.g. me yelling at my sister to “STOP STOMPING AROUND”, when she's actually just sitting down. Stress sucks.
But the fact that authors are responding to the reviewers’ distress tells me a lot. It tells me just as much as it should tell them, when we review their work (even if the review is negative). It tells us (and them) that they care enough to stand up for reviewers (against inappropriate behavior), just as we care enough to assess their work, out of our sheer love of literature.
I mean, that’s the point, isn’t it? The common denominator is that we love literature. Reading, writing, reviewing, arguing, whatever! At least, I hope that’s the point.
Post-update: I, for one, would like to admit that when I write a negative review, I recognize the possibility of the author actually reading it and being hurt by it. I also would like to admit that that has never stopped me before, nor will it stop me in the future. Mostly because if I were an author (which I would love to be), I would not just look forward to those great reviews, but also those very creative negative reviews that actually kinda cut. It’s not the worst that could happen to me, right? And maybe I can use this to improve my writing somehow. Or maybe it will even provide some sort of inspiration.#books #book #review #reviews #reviewer #phoebe #north #veronica #roth #divergent #cool #authors #author #goodreads #good #read #reads #reader #drama #GR #julie #dan #krokos #agents #pr #public #relations #guidelines #pledge
Because I can.#debut #author #challenge #goodreads #gr #2012 #authors #books #book #bookphilia #novel #reading #readings #read #reads #reader #tumblr #story #siren #link #fun #because #i #can #bored
I stole this from Loving Books so I could be not bored.
So, a lovely author named Hannah basically summed up how things on GR go and the drama involved.
Hannah’s Blog: Dear Readers/GR Reviewers.
But apparently this differentiation between appropriate author behavior and inappropriate behavior is non-existent for some (to the point of asking fans to up the good reviews to make them look better, srsly). Here is what one author, Leigh Fallon, had to say about a reviewer on GR:
There is the stupid cow from Goodreads who has been real nasty and keeps doing up really bad reviews of Carrier, then gets her friends to go in and ‘like’ her bad reviews so that that review will be pushed up to the top of all the lists. Now she’s put it up on Amazon! She is a disgruntled old cow who doesn’t like me and how I got published. There’s no point in saying anything about her or responding (she loves that) but what we can do is push her review back down the list by bringing all the good reviews back to the top. How do we do this? Well at the end of each review there is a little button where you can say whether you found the review helpful. Click YES on the good reviews. The more reviews you click YES you click on the good reviews the further down the list that bitch will go. If you leave a comment on the good reviews, that helps too. She’s already got over 20 of her buds to YES her review so we will need to find more people than that to YES the good reviews. There are about 8 pages of reviews (that’s about 7 reviews or something like that) so we can bury this horrible toe rag down the very bottom if you help me out.
As far as I’m aware, you don’t have to have bought anything on Amazon to get your vote to count. You just need to be a registered user. It only takes about 5 mins to go through all the reviews and YES the good ones. I’m not asking to dickie with the system or anything, it’s just moving a horrible review from the top spot. It’s so long, you have to scroll for ages until you get to the good ones. I’d really appreciated it help on his. I’d also love if you could maybe gets some friends or family to do the same.
Thanks a million, guys. You’re the best.
You know what I have noticed though? The pattern is YOUNG ADULT/TEEN authors. I’m sure they’re exactly like Charlize Theron in the movie Young Adult, since apparently asshole is now a personality trait of some teen authors. And it’s too bad it’s giving other YA authors a bad rep., because there are so many brilliant YA authors out there.#goodreads #good #reads #read #books #book #reviews #review #drama #lol. #wtf #what #is #life #authors #author #writer #behaviour #behavior #readers #reader #literacy #bad #gr #leigh #fallon #dan #krokos #awful #young
This. Is. Awesome. MORE, MORE!
"While it is always wrong to generalize…the horror writers are lovely. The horror writers are the nicest people you wanna meet. They’re funny, they’re well-balanced, they’re lovely to chat to, and they get it all out on the paper. Um, humorous writers…if you ever want to gaze upon a tortured, horrible soul; the kind of person who they will eventually, possibly even, if they’re lucky, the best they will ever say is ‘well, he seems so nice’, but they’re not even gonna say that. They’ll say ‘yes, we saw it coming’. Writers of television sitcoms…these people twitch."
"How about romance novelists?"
"I don’t know. I meet a few romance novelists, but I had a plan some years ago…"
"I’d imagine they’d be the worst. The evillest."
"I actually was gonna go incognito to the Romance Writers of America thing. And I had it all set up and I was gonna go with Alisa Kwitney, who was my editor for years at DC comics and then became a sort of a slightly weird and wonderful chick-lit kind of writer, for awhile. And I have a story in my head that I really wanna write about a romance writer. So I said to her ‘Will you take me? I’ll pretend to be your husband or something and I’ll just follow you around very quietly.’"
"I thought you meant in disguise like as a romance writer, looking like Jackie Collins or something. A HUGE WIG. Shoulder pads!"
Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer (A Prelude to an Evening with Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer)
(I have tears in my eyes from laughter.)