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March 11th, 2009

12:38 AM


I can just feel what little of my cool kid credibility slipping with those fancy and cool kids that hold sway over Blog Land at the moment, but this is just too good.

Point of reference: here

The issue of the day is authors asking people for money to help pay for the house or the funeral or something that is equally pressing and draining on one's financial resources. Some people find such behavior tacky while others don't. Fair enough. I personally have no opinion on this, as I choose to give or not on a case-by-case basis.

But Karen points out this hilarity in the comment thread of that blog post that sparked the discussion:

You didn’t see Nora Roberts asking for hand outs when that fire happened


When Senenca, the charming dolt who posted that gauche statement, realized that Karen had called her on that statement, she rushed to the blog to demand to know why her comment was stupid. Karen pointed out that Nora Roberts was one of the biggest names in the genre and she made more money than struggling midlist authors like Sharon Cullars and Dee Tenorio:

Seneca, the Nora Roberts comparison was utterly ridiculous and you know it. Roberts has sold over 100m books, and her financial status is well documented. You might as well have used Tom Cruise as a comparison.

Of course, Senenca was too wise to admit that she had made a complete fool of herself. The power of the snark, you know:

Please don’t tell me what I know or don’t know.

I have no idea how much Nora Roberts makes, it’s not the type of info I have ever tried to look for.

Having said that, I guess it was silly to compare the two, because I can only assume that Nora makes in the millions. I admit to not thinking about that when I first posted.

The comparison was wrong to make, but I still disagree on the other over-all issue.

Bwahahahaha. To use the same jargon of these charming people with their misguided belief that sheer ignorance can be covered by sarcastic wisecracks: Senenca, darling, this is a LULZ at EPIC FAIL proportions. Leave the snark to the professionals, honey.

Should we start a romance-oriented Fandom Wank to make fun of stupid people?

5 comment(s).

Posted by emily:

Honestly I think this is on the level of AW popcorn munching. Who doesn't make the occassional stupid comment online?
March 11th, 2009 @ 1:10 AM

Posted by JenB:

What annoys me is that Karen's post takes Holly's post (and resulting comments) from "Reader opinion in the reader community" to "All charity EVERYWHERE, forever and ever, amen."

Holly's post and the resulting comments was just discussion and some venting on one particular topic. I don't see why that's wrong.

JenB (of "Public begging is gross" fame)
March 11th, 2009 @ 2:28 AM

Posted by EmmyG:

With unemployment as high as it is, people shouldn't be so quick to criticize others. The next hand that's stuck out might be their own.
March 11th, 2009 @ 7:02 AM

Posted by Karen Scott:

What annoys me is that Karen's post takes Holly's post (and resulting comments) from "Reader opinion in the reader community" to "All charity EVERYWHERE, forever and ever, amen."

Really Jen? Is that how it was? I assume you can read, but just in case you missed it, the words 'authors' and 'readers' formed part of the title of the post.
Also, I think you'll notice that a lot of the respondents were either one or the other.

You yourself made some inane comment on my blog, and I believe you to be a reader, are you not?

I think that perhaps you're feeling a tad guilty about the fact that your comment was one of the most heinous, hence your patently false, "Gee, I don't give a crap what I said, I meant it so there!!" bravado.

You're not fooling anybody dearie.

Let's hope that you don't end up between a rock and hard place, with nobody to turn to eh?
March 12th, 2009 @ 4:35 AM

Posted by MichelleR:

Sure, times are tough, but you don't see Bill Gates asking for hand outs, do you? That's because he has all sorts of class!
March 12th, 2009 @ 5:15 AM