By now I'm sure everyone has heard of the author meltdown over at Big Al's Books and Pals. If you haven't, go read it and come back. I'll wait.
I'll be honest, I found it amusing at first. What the hell was she doing?! Sabotaging her career--that's what. This will blow over, a lot of people will forget, but I'm sure many will remember her name. They won't buy her books. I won't lie. I'm one of those people.
Her behavior has completely turned me off, and she couldn't write the most beautiful novel of all time, and get my money. Because she's left a bad taste in my mouth that will never go away, and I know I would never be able to forget that long enough to enjoy one of her books.
At what point do the 'readers' stop bullying the woman? Clearly, she is unstable.
I'm all for us sticking together. It's part of what I love about the blogging community. But to go to Amazon and rate a book one star, and base it on her behavior rather than the novel, is petty. How is that any better than her meltdown? I know most of us strive to review books as a whole, and never let one aspect completely sway our rating. Guess what? As annoying as it may be, poor grammar is ONE aspect.
The author's behavior has nothing to do with the story she wrote.
Where's the line?
Authors, for the flying spaghetti monster's sake, don't attack a reader for a negative review. It will not go well for you. These things never, ever go well.
Readers, bloggers, etc. Am I alone in the opinion that this has gone too far?
(Please don't think I'm attacking anyone for discussing this via Twitter and such. I'm not. At all. I'm referring to those who continue to leave nasty comments on the blog, and on Amazon.)
(And apparently the comments are now disabled so nevermind on the blog part. :p)