I’m still fairly new to Twitter, but I’m definitely seeing a lot of hate on there and Goodreads, so I thought I would start a post about some of what I’m seeing.
I know that not everyone will like the same books. We all take things differently from them. Some people read into things more than others. Some people want things to only be realistic and others are good with knowing that books don’t have to be real or even happy.
But I see a lot of hostility towards certain authors. Especially popular authors. Why is this?
Is it because people just tend to hate what is popular? Is there something secret that I don’t know about with them?
I understand not liking an author, but I see full on nasty, hate filled posts and reviews. Some of it has to do with diversity issues, but I don’t think that is all of it.
I’m all for writing a negative book review if you hated something. But the full on attacks are really strange to me. Rating a book based on someone else’s review is strange to me, too.
So what are your thoughts? Do you participate in the gang up attacks or do you stay quiet and still give all the books a chance? If you join in, why do you do it?
I’m definitely not trying to start any drama, but thought this could be something to help me understand a little more. I brought up the question of diversity at a YA literature conference this weekend because it seems like such a hot topic. I wanted to know how the authors saw it. I think the best thing they pointed out is that you can’t go into writing thinking you can please everyone. That you just research and do your best to not hurt anyone. But you can’t let it change the way you write or make you write only what you know. (this was a reply from Adam Silvera)