Seriously, I have no clue who she is, and yet, she’s throwing a royal hissy about a negative review by the Boston Globe. She has been twittering about it and the things she is saying…wow. She even went so far and gave out the reviewers contact information so people can “Tell her what u think of snarky critics.” Is it me or was that totally out of line? There was another tweet she did that totally caught my attention…
Interesting, reviewers can say what they want. But when writers speak up they’re “going after” reviewers.
I’m sorry, but isn’t that the point of a reviewer? To say what they thought about something, whether it be good or bad? Of course we can say what we want, it’s our opinion. It doesn’t matter if you agree with it or not, because in the end, it’s our opinion we’re writing about. It has nothing to do with the individual, but the work in question. I know a lot of authors who don’t read reviews exactly for this reason (or I assume). They don’t want to get hung up on someone’s opinion because it doesn’t speak for everyone. Not everyone is going to like everything someone puts out, so why go off on one person who doesn’t think your novel is the bomb?
Oh beautiful. I just saw this exchange between Ron Charles and Alice Hoffman:
roncharles: @AliceHof Posting reviewer’s phone & e-mail address and encouraging hate mail is just plain immature. Write a sharp, witty response instead.
AliceHof: @roncharles Her information was public. Sorry my wit isn’t as sharp as your Ron.
AliceHof: An email to a reviewer is hate mail? But a a hateful review is a love letter?
Just because her information is public, that doesn’t mean it gives you the right to encourage people to use it to harass someone. A negative review doesn’t make it hateful and just because you don’t like what she said, it shouldn’t matter. It’s one person’s opinion, not the entire worlds. So you don’t agree with her review, deal with it. It’s not your opinion that is being written about, it’s the reviewers opinion and encouraging people to tell her it’s wrong is not only childish but shows an intense case of insecurity.
Now the real question, am I wrong, overreacting? Can reviewers not say what they think in a review or do they need to walk a fine line between the authors feelings and what they really think?
Updated: Between the time I wrote this post this morning and earlier this afternoon, Alice Hoffman’s twitter account had been deleted. Now the question is if she’ll claim she was hacked and none of the comments were hers or she realized she completely screwed up and might apologize. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.
Another Update: Now that Ian is in bed, I finally have the chance to post this and guess what. Alice Hoffman has already owned up to the major faux pas she committed over the weekend and apologized via the New York Times. I have to give her kudos for that, but I sincerely hope that she learned something from this little escapade of hers. We’re in the 21st century and the gap between writers and readers is quickly becoming nonexistent through the internet. One simple action via Twitter, Facebook, mySpace or any kind of blog won’t take a few days to find, but will be found instanteously and then will spread through the interweb quickly. It won’t be one or two people who see the mess, but one or two thousands (millions) who are surfing the net. What could be buried in the past is no longer an option.
So you’re probably tired of hiring this already, so I’m going to end this now. Plus, I feel like I’m just rambling now. But I am curious, who all saw this earlier? What were your thoughts?