Now, because growing up with my family was like being raised in a PIT OF VIPERS, there's nothing I like better than inflamed emotions, ranting, unjustified accusations, shifting alliances and paranoia. Naturally, I'm delighted whenever I hear that an author has gone entirely off the rails and written hundreds of scathing comments online to perceived enemies. I think, "There but for the grace of my evening glass of French rose' go I!"
Many book bloggers and authors call for peace and understanding, ignoring the fact that it's all a lot of fun -- all these emotions run amok! All this exciting intrigue! So, no, I'm not for peace and understanding. I'm for the craziness.
These skirmishes happen with delightful regularity. The gist is usually a blogger writing, "I hate your book and you suck!" and an author responding, "Your stoopid and I am a semi-published author and you are a doodiehead and I'm going to tell the Library of Congress NEVER to give you a copyright!!!"
And then the blogger writes, "What about freedom of speech? You are trying to censor me and now I can't become a famous author if the Library of Congress won't give me a copyright!!!!" And then the blogger-reviewer tells her friends to attack the author and they say, "Authors should NEVER comment on reviews because we have freedom of speech and they don't!"
And authors say, "Hello? You published it on the WORLD WIDE WEB so it's not exactly a private document," and have their friends attack the blogger because the blogger is a doodiehead who should never be published.
And everyone has an amazing time being part of this excitement which is so much better than paying attention to your boring microbiology professor or working on a spreadsheet or doing the laundry.
I don't know how the latest brouhaha started (does it matter?) but it involves something called a YA Mafia that looks out for the interests of its author-members. People are saying the YA Mafia doesn't exist. Yeah, and that one nice gentleman I temped for once at a major construction biz wasn't a made man. (He just wanted me to sit at the front desk and he let me read novels all day.) Anyways, of course there's a YA Mafia! I've been trying to get in it.
In fact, here's the application.
GRATUITOUS VIDEOS OF THE DAY
Since these blogger/author contretemps are all about the girls, today I'm featuring fab girls for my GVDs.