I read a long, arduous post on social media tonight, posted by a fellow writer who had quite unabashedly, expressed her disgust for negative comments posted about her book on social media.
At least that's how the post read.
Among the hundreds of replies, the writer had turned on the world's population of writers. But how did she get there? How did she go from posting an excited message about publishing her first book, to absolute white rage. I won't sugar coat, the dreaded C-word was used.
I was hooked on this thread; hating it and obsessed all at once. I just wanted to understand why anyone would want to create such a whirlwind and quite possibly, get themselves banned from social media, just to prove a point.
Here's how I see it: Someone wrote a book. They didn't tell everyone it was some grand piece of literature that would change the world, nor did they choose to hide the fact that they published it in only a few days. Immediately, the haters got on board, slandering the writer for publishing a book with flaws.
I've read a lot of books. I've cringed over many flaws. I also review these books, and I don't point out every tiny detail that was wrong with it. If you didn't enjoy the story then no harm done, and no point not reviewing. Reviews don't have to live in a magical dreamland with unicorns, they just have to be honest.
So why? That's my question. Why do these people get on the bandwagon of hating fellow writers when they know very well how hard it is, not only to write, but to make the decision to put it out there. We jump of the ledge, blindfolds on, ready to dive into the unknown, yet then have no trouble being the jagged rocks waiting below.
I don't get it.
Honestly, the author of this book was just overly dramatic. It went on and on, meme after meme. The worst thing was, everyone fell for it.
Everyone jumped on board. Reacted. Her book, that was written in only a few days and apparently has many flaws, is now trending. Hundreds of people have now looked it up and are talking about it.
Is it just clever marketing?
(If this writer turns into that kid with the giant glasses who held a massive street party when his parents weren't home, I'll give up.)
Artists of any form rely on feedback. This doesn't mean you get to bully and harass other humans. Whether you're the artist or the critic, the same rules apply.
When did we decide it was okay to treat people this way?