Dear John, Aren't Readers Bastards?
It’s an entry by Laurell K Hamilton’s
He/she heard about the latest trend of taking potshots at MJD and wanted to offer his/her support.
The letter to MJD starts:
Hi MaryJanice! I saw that they have started picking on you too! I am so sorry. I kept hoping it was limited to Laurell. But more and more I am seeing it is not.
Because we do hear it from other authors too. I am not sure what it is about the internet that inspires people to be rude! Other than anonymity. But for some reason, people who wouldn't dream of saying it to your face, feel free to post it on the web. It is like junior high, they have to be right or their world ends apparently.
He/she goes on to add:
I love how some folks have higher expectations for everyone else, want special rights for themselves, that they don't extend to others.
As long as you agree with them, then it is okay to say something, but if you disagree or defend yourself, then you are some kind of horrible person out to cause them harm. They never consider that their opinions (and that is all they are, opinions, not facts), might be painful for someone else. That being rude and nasty is neither clever nor cute.
And just because a few folks tell you that it is, doesn't make it so. There is always someone out there ready to tear down anything. They seem to revel in doing so. Why they are so miserable and cannot find some joy in life is I don't know, and is just sad, in my opinion.
This bit tickled me no end:
You’re an excellent writer! Funny, witty and craft a heck of a story! Else, I wouldn't read you. And Laurell would not now be out on tour answering the question about who writes something similar readers might like and giving your name and Charlaine Harris as good choices.
Pass me the fucking sick bucket. Some people will do anything just to get in on the action.