Monday, March 12, 2012

The One Where I VENT!!

You know recently in the book blogging community there has been a fair amount of drama.  Authors saying that we book bloggers "suck," bloggers saying that Authors and certain books "suck," bloggers comparing certain paranormal YA books to Twilight and various and assorted other drama.  I hate drama, it's unwanted stress and yet it seems that certain people in the blogosphere seem to get their "jollies" from it.  I didn't get into book blogging to partake in a boat load of drama, I got into book blogging to share my love of books with other like minded people.

Which brings me to my vent.....

It is REALLY and I mean REALLY starting to piss me off that the drama llama's, that what I call the peeps who seem to get off on causing drama, are out in force again. This rounds victim happens to be E L James' book Fifty Shades of Grey. APPARENTLY, this book started out as a Twilight fan-fiction. After some editing and re-working it was released as it is today.

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1)
For me personally, I don't give a flying fig if it started out as a Twilight fan-fiction. I read a book and base my opinion on the book that's in front of me...NOT the book/fan-fiction/etc. that it may have been or been based on. Isn't that what we as book bloggers do?  Base our opinion of the book on what is currently is, NOT what it might have been? What makes the situation that much more frustrating for me personally, is that their are people on Goodreads who are yet AGAIN writing scathing, tacky and in my opinion classless "reviews" of this book.

You know, when I was growing up my mother always told me things like "do unto others that you'd have others do unto you" and my personal favorite "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all."  I guess if your going to review books either professionally or as a blogger that last one is harder but it IS possible to write a negative review without tearing apart an author or a book.  I see it everyday when I go through my google reader.  IT CAN BE DONE!

I guess I better post this before it turns into a novel.  Again, I sit here and wonder when are we going to get back to the books?  Why is it so hard to yet AGAIN take the high road?  Why do the minority have to make things so much harder for the majority?


  1. I totally get what you mean. I used to be an avid reader of fanfic and there were so many fanfic author who I simply marveled at for their writing abilities. I'd often wish and hope for them to become published authors and now that some of them are, I'm happy for them.

    I honestly haven't read this book yet, in either form, but I heard the series just got a U.S. publisher. I think that is awesome for the author.

  2. I have yet to read this series. With all the drama from the Today show, it will guarantee one thing, a drive in sales. Since the show aired sales have been high, and the book has been #1 on Amazon's Top 100 paid Kindle buys for the past 5 days. At a price tag of $9.99 for each e-book. The author must be loving this! Curiosity draws them in like moths to the flame, and it seems not all negative is bad, in this case at least, but I do agree with you, "it IS possible to write a negative review without tearing apart an author or a book"

    New follower!

  3. I love this series so I am very sad to see all the drama surrounding it. I read it a long time ago when it first came out so I had no clue it was Twilight fan fic and never would have guessed. Someone recommended it to me on goodreads so I just read it having no clue what i was really about. I've read several interviews from the author and she was just inspired by Twilight to write. I think that is wonderful. I can understand some people not liking the book. It is very adult and explicit with some BDSM and that won't be for everyone. But if that is not for you it doesn't mean that others who enjoy it should be put down. It actually has wonderful characters and a great romance.


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