So I wanted to open up a discussion about a problem I am noticing more and more across various social platforms: some authors, generally not highly-publicized authors but no promises, have been attacking reviewers for bad reviews of their book.
Just a warning ahead of time, the screenshots are a little blurry but still readable, and if you’re not a fan of bad language this post might not be for you.
I hopped on Goodreads today ready to scroll through my feed and noticed a huge conversation surrounding a review of The Black Rose by Eliana Bonaguro. The posts have since been deleted that the author made, but after reading a negative review on their book that someone had written the author decided it was a good idea to start attacking that reviewer in the comments on their review. A ghost account also started insulting the reviewer at the exact same time, which we have come to the conclusion was a “sock puppet” account the author created, due to the fact that it has since been deactivated. In this screenshot, you can see the author stating that apparently every woman that doesn’t live in New York is “small minded” and “ignorant.”
The author and this other Goodreads user, first name Noah, started attacking every aspect of the reviewer, including their education, weight, and whether or not they are employed. They also started attacking anyone who joined in the conversation in defense to said reviewer. And I quote “You are either an ignoramus or really stupid and cannot comprehend what you are reading…Now go stuff your already fat face with some pie, would you?”
I’m not even going to touch how ignorant and horribly redundant that insult was. I mean, honestly, as an author you can’t come up with something more original than calling someone fat?
There were also various posts by the author, not only on that review but on other reviews on Amazon, claiming that the reviews were fake. As I said, the comments have since been deleted, but here are some screenshots:
Even better is when the author starts getting technical, like she knows something, and accuses a user of SLANDER because she has a shelf on Goodreads called “shit-list”. Clearly you don’t know the definition of slander.
“the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation.”
I hate to inform you, this website is all about expressing opinions ON BOOKS. Calling it slander is ridiculous. To further analyze this screenshot, the author tells a reviewer to “Go to NYC and see if you can handle it…Keep making false allegations and I will find out who you are…” Do you think you’re hard because you live in New York? Cleveland has a higher crime rate.
Look, the fact is that this author has only damaged her own reputation after this situation went down, and things like this happen all the time not only on Goodreads, but on other social platforms. This needs to stop. As an author, you must have read books by other authors. Are you trying to tell me you’ve never once hated a book you’ve read. Stop with the bullshit, please.
We need to get to a place where reviewers and authors can agree to disagree. Everyone is going to have an opinion, and it’s probably never going to be the same as yours.
I only want to ask two things of you guys, my readers. Firstly, do not contact the author in any way on any social platform attacking her for her ignorance. The situation has been put to bed and there’s no reason to drag it out. Secondly, if you had any inclination to buy her 99 cent book, I ask that you refrain from doing so. I’m a firm believer that we shouldn’t reward people for bad behavior. 99 cents or not, money is going towards her and she doesn’t deserve it.
Have any of you ever been involved in a situation like this? How did it affect you? Have you ever seen a situation like this and still bought books by that author?
In case the author somehow reads this post and thinks that I am uneducated like she has previously accused other reviewers of being, I want to say that (a) I never read your book, I’m not here to analyze any aspect of it. I simply wanted to open up a discussion on your deplorable behavior. (b) I hold a dual bachelor’s in accounting and forensic accounting. I am a college educated woman and earned and paid for the degree myself.
I was not asked to write this blog post in any way, this was entirely my own doing.
UPDATE: it is now almost 3 AM and I have spent the last few hours of my life being attacked by this “author” on a goodreads update. I finally just blocked her. I don’t know how this happened. This author’s small minded-ness is astounding, and I don’t know where she got the idea that any of this is okay. Oh by the way guys, this author says a dual bachelor’s is no accomplishment. I’m not even going to begin to touch that one.
Update: the situation perpetuated into even the next day until goodreads finally got back to me letting me know they deleted her account on goodreads. I want to say thank you to everyone who showed support for the reader community throughout that entire situation. Even when things like this happen there is something that shows me that the Goodreads community is still a positive one. I appreciate you.