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November 29th, 2007

12:37 AM

Is it just me?

Burning tires

I took one look at the fuss about Adele Ashworth's post on All About Romance and scratched my head. Is it just me or are we all trying too hard to find Drama - or is that DRAMA!!!!!1111one? - where it probably doesn't exist? Personally, I don't see anything wrong with the author's post. I can see exactly where she is coming from. Between you, me, and the dozens of people reading this post, while I can see how a mistake on the author's part can jar the reader from the book and cause the reader irritation, I don't see the point of singling out minor details that do not make any impact on the story and writing a long rant about it. The poster has blown things way out of proportion, in my opinion. As for the author's post, the flouncing part is silly, but I don't think she has said anything that is worth getting worked up over.

Maybe it's just me, but I catch myself withdrawing from visiting the blogs lately because I start feeling that people are trying too hard to find Authors Behaving Badly or Drama of the Week to write about in their blogs. Carol Lynne writes about twincest and all of a sudden there is a jihad against such books. A newly started electronic publisher wants to publish stories with taboo topics, and all of a sudden we have a rash of people coming forth to pooh-pooh at the publisher.

The thing is, many of the people commenting on, for example, Carol Lynne's book haven't read that book or intend to. In other words, they don't care if they are mocking things about the book that may not even be there. Call me weird, but I wish there are more people who have read the book to weigh in and tell me whether the twincest part is well-written or not. In other words, more informed opinion in the comments will be nice for a change. Likewise, there are people who have no investment or sometimes even background information about the matter stepping up in the threads anyway to give their two cents, usually in a patronizing manner that reminds me way too much of a group of people patting each other's back about how smart and superior they are to other people.

It gets to a point where I find myself feeling annoyed too often that even those usually harmless "I don't have anything to say about this but here are 10,000 words of me telling you anyway what I don't want to say but will say anyway" comments from the usual suspects begin to get on my nerves. I don't know, I guess I'm just burned out from constant drama and nitpicking and what not from the blogs. Sometimes I feel that someone should just appoint Nora Roberts the Queen of teh Internets and let her arbitrate things and make laws in blog land because that is probably the only thing many people seem to agree on and will bring some peace and quiet to the place for a while.

I don't want to make this post because I generally like the blogs and I like what they do. I think this blog entry is going to make me very unpopular with these bloggers, heh. But there are more and more instances nowadays when I feel that bloggers seem to be trying too hard to find boogeymen where there are most likely none. People who make comments seem to be doing so more and more because they want to chime in and join the party even when they clearly have no intention to read the book or find out more about the situation. It is as if blog drama is an outlet to see who can come up with the most snarky one-liners or something.

So, once again, I don't know. I may be wrong, you may think that I am exaggerating things here myself, but for now, I'm just going to stay here and roam only to more information-driven blogs like the EREC blog and the POD review blogs until I feel less burned out over the constant blog dramas.

On a happier front, I have three ARCs with me all lined up for 2008 publications. Oh, how am I ever going to wait that long to put up the reviews?

10 comment(s).

Posted by Anonymous:

Hi there. I was just checking out the Recent Posts and I came across your blog. I have to agree that it seems like some people tend to look for monsters where there are none - not only with books, but with life in general. It's sad, really, when there are so many good things to write about. My blog is a general mish-mash of stuff, but I'd like to think it's at least somewhat interesting, at times. If you're interested, please do feel free to drop on by and take a look.

Have a wonderful day; I'll come back and visit again.

November 29th, 2007 @ 1:24 AM

Posted by Holly:

Oops. Sorry about that - I don't know why my name didn't come up...

November 29th, 2007 @ 1:24 AM

Posted by Selah March:

Well, that was refreshing. Cheers to less trolling for drama, more actual discussion of actual books that folks have actually read.
November 29th, 2007 @ 2:36 AM

Posted by Elizabeth:

I agree. I think Jane's post was tacky as hell. The question posed SHOULD have been about the importance of historical accuracy, and NOT to rip on one person in particulr, even if she was the inspiration for the post. I felt like I was in high school again. Seriously. As if it wasn't bad enough that it had gone on at AAR, Jane basically called on her friends to bash Ms. Ashworth's actions along with her. I personally don't like to be in the company of bullies.

Sometimes I agree with Nora's posts, and sometimes not, but the one she did on this particular topic was so spot on.
November 29th, 2007 @ 3:00 AM

Posted by Jane:

Why would this post make you unpopular amongst blogs? I don't mind that you are critical of me or my blog posts at all.
November 29th, 2007 @ 5:49 AM

Posted by sallahdog:

I don't want to make this post because I generally like the blogs and I like what they do. I think this blog entry is going to make me very unpopular with these bloggers,

If it does, that speaks badly on them. Because if you dish it, you should be able to take it in return. The whole incest thing just made me scratch my head. No one is putting a gun to their head and forcing them to read ANY book.

As for the AA controversy.. I read the threads and really saw none.. I do feel for authors, because they really can't win if they try to explain themselves, which is one of the reasons I always shake my head when I see them get into personal battles on the web. They are simply going to lose.
November 29th, 2007 @ 5:57 AM

Posted by Carole:

This post hits the bullseye dead-center on sentiments a lot of lurkers share.
November 29th, 2007 @ 10:53 AM

Posted by Pepper E:

Oh, so much WORD. I won't even add anything else. You have said everything I was thinking.
November 29th, 2007 @ 3:46 PM

Posted by Eve:

I stumbled across the debate last year and winced, since the "Champagne glass" in question was in use then, and the author was right. But the accusations snowballed (went all over the place. I don't know the woman, never read her. I felt sorry for her though as a writer, I'm always going to make mistakes just as every writer in every genre does, with facts or dates or what not, we're human. But too often these debates are apples and oranges and cross the line into personal attacks and not an intelligent and helpful book review. I unlinked from the recent site who tied the poor woman to the whipping post again this week. I like industry chatter, I enjoy being amused and understand wit and humor such as you employ so well, lol. But I'm too old to enjoy that kind of school yard gang sneering. It turns me off. I don't get my reviews from that other site either since In my family none of us agree on anything we read, It's all subjective. I'm on a blog diet for awhile. I need Holiday spirit not meanness right now.
November 30th, 2007 @ 4:26 AM

Posted by Shirley:

I find the dramas a hoot, to be honest. And I don't really care if people like my comments or not. That said, I did get a bit perturbed at La Nora over at KS for some of her comments. Not that it matters, I haven't bought anything by her in more than a decade :)

Thing is, people troll for 'drama' so they can spout venom. Just like bullies in school - they're having a crappy day/year/life and they want to make someone else feel as awful as they do. Those kinds of posts, those I find distasteful.

Speaking of good books, I read the one KS had up the other day by Dee Fenorio(I think that's wrong, but the title is "Test Me"). I enjoyed it, quite a bit. I even got a little misty. The sex was definitely erotic and the story was so romantic, I actually sighed when I finished it!:):)
November 30th, 2007 @ 5:56 AM