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?