||[May. 6th, 2005|09:04 am]
a rant from Laurell K. Hamilton.Found at fandom_wank... |
Honestly, it's not that bad. Anne Rice's was much, much, much worse.
What it is about authors that turns them into drama queens? Do you publish a book and then suddenly your ego inflates to the size of a riverboat and you stop being able to take criticism?
I don't argue with the "I'll write my books the way I envisioned them, screw what the fans want", because you can't please everyone (writing your books in flagrant defiance of technically good writing and taste is another matter entirely). I do, however, argue with the "you're being mean and malicious and I'm going to cry", because there are always wankers on the internet and an adult should be able to ignore that sort of thing.
It really makes me wonder what the fans were saying. The rant seems to touch upon people assaulting her personal life, not just her books.
At least she didn't cry triumph at lambasting her editors into letting her publish her books without oversight. While Ms. Hamilton is a decent author, her writing leaves something to be desired grammatically and spelling-correctness-wise. I'm actually disappointed in her editors for not fixing some glaring mistakes - in her first book she wouldn't have had enough clout to fight them, I think. (Correct me if I'm wrong.) But she (did have) has a decent grip of plot, description and flow.
Bah. I'm too tired to make sense.
I am deeply disturbed that a professional author can't even spell "privilege." And doesn't bother with a spell check.
Also that she hasn't learned the second law of professional writing, hammered into us in the workshops: if you can't stand the heat, don't read your press.
Cyfis commented on authors being drama queens and egotists. The latter is almost universally true: you have to have one hell of an ego to believe that other people are going to PAY you to read your writing. And a drama queen is just an egotist with a self-esteem problem. Never read her stuff -- never really heard of her, honestly -- but judging by the quality of writing in the post, there's a reason for that self-esteem problem. "Wah, wah. If you ask me to do something, I'm going to do the opposite!"
That said, people can be completely ridiculous about the things of which they are fans, apparently believing that if they like something enough, they own it. Fans sometimes say incredibly cruel things to people they believe are "ruining" "their" favorites, so I find it entirely possible that personal attacks on her were rampant. The fans sound pretty loser-y here, too -- "You can't prevent me from posting things on YOUR web page! That's CENSORSHIP!"
...Stupid people with all their stupid feelings. Why couldn't Stoicism become the official religion/philosophy of the Roman Empire instead of Christianity? Our lives would be so much simpler, then... stupid Constantine.
Heh. I sometimes have problems with privilege. And other words. But yes, she should have spell-checked it.
Yeah. I think it sucks being an author in a lot of ways.
I'm not sure they would be simpler - look at the Japanese. Their lives aren't simple, though appearances in their culture follow a certain amount of stoicism.