Goodreads refugee. Former blogger at Hippies Beauty & Books. College student. YA reader. Wife. Book hoarder. Professional Makeup Artiste. Mom to 4 kittehs, a dumb Bloodhound, and occasionally, a turtle.
I couldn't sleep last tonight (still haven't) so I got bored and decided to take a sample of how many reviews would either be deleted or changed under Anne Rice's petition on Change.org.
Basically, I went to Amazon and then went to Kindle eBooks. Then, I clicked on Romance and went to the Gay Romance section. I opened 50 random book pages with decent amounts of reviews and made sure that the authors weren't published through a major publishing company. I then counted up the total number of reviews for all 50 books:
Total # of Reviews: 3,401
I then went through every review and counted the amount that came from people who used their full name. I did not give credit for people who used only their first names, partial names or names that were obvious false:
Total # of People That Appeared to Use Their Real Name: 599
How exactly is this supposed to HELP authors? I know this is by no means a comprehensive study, but come on!
BTW: It took me three and a half hours to dig through all of that shit.
Dear Anne Rice,
Hi. It's me again. It's been about a year since we first met on not so friendly terms and I'm irritated that I feel the need to talk to you again. Open letters are highly passive aggressive and I typically do not care for them, but I don't feel like being attacked by your fan poodles so I'll just rant here on my own personal space.
Shall we begin? Off we go!
First, how can I put this kindly? Nobody is fucking scared of you or your meager petition on Change.org. The reason that Nola was met with (mostly) civil conversation is because she didn't come waltzing into the forum with a big ego looking for an argument as you have done time and time again. Are you laughing because you think everyone who participated in the discussion were on their best behavior because of a so-called change you helped inspire?
Well, I hate to burst your overgrown bubble, but perhaps we aren't the evil, wicked, hate-filled, mean, nasty, gangster bully trolls you make us out to be. Many (most) of us are genuine, kind, and considerate people who just enjoy reading. We have families, friends, loved ones, careers, and quite a few of us are highly educated folks, including book smart and street smart. We have the capacity to enjoy life. We do not hide out in back alleys with a hit list of authors we want to attack and denigrate.
We are flawed since we are human. We get angry, snarky, fed up, and yes, perhaps mean at times. We get frustrated. We are human beings and I think a lot of us are fucking tired of being treated like complete pieces of shit.
You know what else we are tired of happening? Being worried every time we write a review of a book or chapter sample. Being worried that some author is going to flip their shit and attack us because of a bad review or other opinion we express. A lot of people are tired of being harassed, mocked, having our conversations taken out of context, blatant lies made up about us, and feeling like we are being watched constantly for anything that could paint us in a bad light.
But I'm not scared of you and I'm not running from anyone. I'm still here. I'm still reviewing how I want to review and if you don't like it, maybe you should take your own advice:
"And frankly, if you're not willing to broadcast a review write a book for the whole world to read and share their thoughts on, well, maybe it's best not to review write period."
I was browsing through Buzzfeed, a typical daily activity for me, and I came across this:
In particular, I had to laugh at the critic given reviews and how, had they been reviewing books instead of movies, the site that shall not be named would probably label them as hater, stalker, gangster bully troll reviews.
My personal favorites:
“She’s [Britney Spears] not yet an actress, not quite a singer…” – Richard Roeper, Ebert and Roeper.
“Josie and the Pussycats are not dumber than the Spice Girls, but they’re as dumb as the Spice Girls, which is dumb enough.” – Roger Ebert,Chicago Sun-Times.
“It would be great to see this turd squashed under a truck, preferably a semi.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.
“If any of these characters had even a double-digit IQ, there’d be no movie.” — Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review.
Doesn't anyone research anymore?
This is getting out of hand. I'm so sick of this bullshit reporting that I feel like I need a damn vacation from the internet.
Edit: Hey, look! I finally found a voice of reason!
We could all use some cheering up, so I've found a few extra Caturday gifs this week. Enjoy!
...and a bonus video: If Jurassic Park was about house cats instead of dinosaurs.
I'm not going to get into the whole Anne Rice bullshit, at least on a personal level. Been there. Done that. And I know the woman cannot be reasoned with. Once she has formed an opinion on something, she sticks to her guns and doesn't back down.
But this interview with Anne Rice that was posted today pisses me off because of how she portrays people, many of whom I've encountered at least once before and many that I consider to be smart and generally speaking, friendly:
So, I have a few thoughts that are probably not original because this has been talked about frequently over the last day or so.
1.) As for Anne Rice. I think she is a bitter woman who has failed to progress with the age of the internet. Sure, she has a popular Facebook page and adoring fans that kiss her ass with everything she writes, but this is a person who (back when she first arrived on the publishing scene) only had to deal with professional critics and maybe the occasional mean fan at a book signing event. She had to endure critical, maybe even mean, reviews from newspapers, television, magazines, etc.
But now we have this shiny, relatively new thing called the internet, with even more new critics. Regular readers who can upload their thoughts to Amazon, Goodreads, etc., with relative ease.
Also, anonymity. Anne does not like this and has been highly critical of anyone who posts negative reviews, who does not agree with her, and has aligned herself with a website that is known for their harassment of readers. She also mistakenly believes that Amazon is a bookstore only, when it reality, Amazon is much more.
So, in response to what she perceives as "Gangster trolls", she wants Amazon to disallow anonymous names. She wants everyone to shit on their privacy rights and use their real name when using Amazon.
2.) This is bullshit. Not only is it bullshit, but it's hypocritical of an author who has in the past used a fake name for publishing books. But, let me back up because I'll get to more of that later. Back to the bullshit part. It's bullshit because there are so many reasons why a person should use a fake name on a place like Amazon. First, general security. It takes less than a minute to find out where someone lives, works, what their phone number is, etc., just by having a real name in hand. Amazon knows this and that is why they allow handles to be used. I'm positive that Amazon wouldn't want the bad press and controversy that could come with a reviewer being physically attacked by an author (or hell, vice versa) because that wack job decided to pull the other person's name from Amazon to dig up more information.
I'm currently writing a paper for school on a completely unrelated topic, but I am researching Amazon for a marketing project. In 2011, 45 million people on the U.S. Amazon site alone shopped and purchased at least one product. I'm sure that number is higher now. 45 MILLION PEOPLE ON JUST ONE AMAZON SITE. So, Anne Rice wants all 45 million people to divulge their personal information because of a handful of mean people. And I'll be honest here. Yes, there are trolls on Amazon. Every site has trolls. And even with some sites that require users to use their real names, the trolls remain for the most part.
Second, besides general security, there are many reasons why a person would want to use a fake handle on Amazon. For an example, I have a friend who is gay and I'm the only person who knows it. This person reads LGBTQ novels and writes reviews on Amazon under a handle and has gone so far as to actually have two Amazon accounts; one for their real name, one for the handle. I have another friend who was harassed by her ex-husband after he found her through Amazon when she was using her real name and ended up having to move to get away from him and, of course, is now making sure her real name isn't linked to Amazon or any other site she uses.
3.) I'd like to address how hypocritical it is for authors like Anne Rice to want to get rid of anonymity. First, she has used a fake name in the past. Many authors do and to me, that's totally okay. They do it for a variety of reasons and I've never had a problem with it. Second, what is good for the goose is good for the gander. If authors aren't willing to drop their pen names, why should I have to drop mine if I used one (which I do not. I use my actual name on Amazon, but that's my choice).
And finally, I never hear any complaints when a person who uses a fake name leaves a 5-star review of a book. Never. This has NEVER happened to my best knowledge.
Which leads me to conclude that what Anne Rice really wants is to silence the negative reviewers because she can't, and others can't, go after them on a more personal level. And that, my friends, is complete and utter bullshit.
My last post today, I swear. :)
I'm so happy that my hometown finally made it clear that stupid fucking show, Amish Mafia, is completely fake.
I've lived in Lancaster since I was 4ish-18 and then back at age 24ish-present day. There is no Amish mafia and Amish people, of which I know many, do NOT act like these people in the show. Discovery Channel films around Lancaster and pays desperate people to be extras on set. I have friends that went to school with some of the "Amish" characters (actors) in the show.
You wouldn't believe (or maybe you would) how many times I've been asked if
A.) I'm Amish
B.) Is Amish Mafia real
No and no.
Sorry. That's my rant today that I had to get out of my system.
I just realized that I've never posted my own kitties here! This should have been done on a Caturday, but it's a bonus. :)
This is Autumn. She's the Queen Bee and more of my husband's cat than mine. She's very prissy and this is basically what she does all day long when she's not giving me dirty looks.
Tuxedo cat is named Tinkerbell, the baby of the house (which I'll get to in a bit) and Nadie the Bloodhound. Nadie is kind of special. She runs head first into walls and doors. Tink likes to give kisses. She's the friendliest cat I've ever had. She loves everyone, including the dog. I think her good personality comes from being half-Siamese.
This is our big boy. I mistakenly let my husband pick his name. Lord Fluffington. The vet gave us a really funny look when we first took him to her office. Lol.
He knows he is handsome.
This is the baby. She's quite a bit bigger now, but impossible to get a good photo of because she's always running around. Her name is Toodles (from Peter Pan) and she's extremely attached to me. All of our cats are rescues but we found Toodles all by herself in our backyard, screaming her little lungs out. I had hand-fed her for a few weeks and she follows me around now like I'm her Mommy Cat.
Cat #1 goes to the vet tomorrow to get spayed. She's already a grump and she's going to hate us. Cat #2 (the baby) just went into heat for the first time and now Cat #3 (who is neutered) wants to hump her. I say hump because he's too fat to do anything else. I feel like I have teen kids in the house. At least I can sterilize them since they aren't human.
I guess I'll be making another appointment with the vet when I go in tomorrow for Cat #2.
I'll just be blunt about it. This book fucking sucked. It has never taken me a few days to finish a book (unless I'm super busy), but Christ on a stick, this book was stupid.
I kept a running tally of all the things that annoyed me while I was reading.
- All of the characters sounded exactly the same. I couldn't tell them apart beyond seeing their names in print. They lacked distinct personalities.
- The narrative is told from the point of view of a few characters, which is why the problem above became annoying.
-The character names bothered me. Especially Deenie.
- None of the female characters were likable. At all. They were horrible people.
- The male characters kind of sucked, too. Too many stereotypes.
- This book was so focused on sex among teens. And SEX IS BAD, which brings me to my next point...
- Awful Red Herrings. HPV vaccines were used as Red Herrings and it consumed the book, along with sex. The way the author used it sounded preachy.
- I wasn't sure what this book wanted to be. Sometimes I thought it was horror, then thriller, then medical thriller, drama. I don't fucking know.
-The author wrote in very choppy sentences. It drove me crazy.
- Questionable things done among female friends. I honestly had to check to make sure that Megan Abbott is female because some of the things she had the female characters do with (or for) other female characters sounded absurd and icky. Two of her characters didn't mind sharing their panties. In one eyebrow raising paragraph, one character gets her currently-being-used tampon turned sideways and stuck and her female friend actually reaches up her vagina to help retrieve it. What the actual fuck? I suppose maybe there are some people that are that comfortable with one another to do that, but no. Yuck.
- There was no plot. It just was very bland and pointless the whole way through.
-The author had an obsession with people's mouths, their lips, licking lips, lips parted open. It got really tiresome to read.
The only reason I kept reading this book was to find out what was causing all of the chaos. When I finally reached that point, which I sort of suspected, I was like, "Thank you, Gods and Goddesses. I have reached the end!" The only good thing about this book was its length. 303 pages, a typically short read for me. I don't think I could have survived any more.
So far, I'm not feeling this.
I'm not going to give up on it but this book is making me uncomfortable and I'm finding issues with the author's writing style. She writes kind of choppy, like her thoughts are incomplete. I'm not sure how to describe it exactly, so I'll just find an example.
Okay, here we go:
"Now, in class, all these thoughts thudding around, was hard to concentrate, and even harder given the rocking in Lise's chair, her whole desk vibrating."
It seems off to me and there are similar types of things all through the text. This is an ARC, so I'm not sure if it's due to that or if that's the way this writer actually writes. I'm trying to ignore it, but yeah, I'm failing.
The character's names are irritating, too. But what is really bothering me the most is the content of the story itself. I'm not a prude at all, but this story is like, obsessed with sex so far. It's actually how the book starts out, with the main character losing her virginity. And I'm over here like,
I've also never had friends that were comfortable sharing panties with me or actually PHYSICALLY HELPED dislodge a stuck tampon up my wooha. Yes, both of these things are in this book.
This will be my first Megan Abbott book. I've heard good things, so I'm hoping for the best. This is an early read since the book won't be published until June. The blurb appealed to me even though it's not really something I would normally seek out:
The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.
The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.
As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town's fragile idea of security.
A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire, THE FEVER affirms Megan Abbott's reputation as "one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation.
(Okay, I don't know what this picture is. That is not the book cover.)
I'm going to keep this straight to the point because I know there are other people who haven't read the second book yet, nor have they read this book, the last book the the Skychasers Trilogy.
I had some issues with the first book, fucking LOVED the second, and I'm not entirely happy with Flame. The first 280-some odd pages of the book were really good, but as I got to the last 20 pages or so, I realized that the author was going to leave a lot of plot holes.
Well that didn't happen. instead,(show spoiler)