As much as I love the online world, I do think the Internet as a tendency to temporarily overload peoples' good sense.
I was causally surfing author sites this morning when I came upon a certain author's bulletin board. As a general rule, I do not even read such boards because they are often populated by rabid fangirls.
So imagine my surprise when, while looking through the folders on this board, I saw several posts from readers who were "disappointed" in this author's last book.
Yes, this board was on said author's web site!
I'm sorry, I don't understand this.
Now I know what you're thinking. "Wendy, you review books, sometimes harshly. How is that not the same thing?"
Yes, I do review books. Yes, I've given bad reviews to books. But I do not take that bad review and e-mail it to the author or post it on her bulletin board. If the author chooses to Google for the review, well that I can't help. But I don't knock on her door and leave a flaming pile of dog shit there for her to discover.
I'm sorry - but it takes some serious balls to e-mail an author and tell her you hated/was disappointed in her book. How can people think this is normal behavior? It just smacks of rudeness.
I'm not saying you shouldn't be vocal in your opinions. By all means - rant on, rant long and rant hard. I do. But don't slap the author upside the head for it. If they come across my rant while surfing around cyberspace that's one thing. They've gone looking for it. They shouldn't have the rant thrust upon their doorstep.
Seriously, am I totally off base here? Anyone out there think it's "OK" to e-mail an author and say, "Your last book sucked big monkey balls!" Really, curious minds want to know.
Or has PMS, lack of sleep and general malaise about my job finally fried my brain?