Tuesday, April 22, 2008
So romance author Deborah MacGillivray got all wound up about a mediocre review on Amazon.com, to the point she's encouraging her fans to mark the review as "abusive", ensuring its removal.
Worse, she has apparently dug up some personal information about "Reba", the reviewer. What possible use could she make of this information? You're mystery readers, use your imaginations.
Worst of all, however, was the response when Tess Gerritsen posted a less-than-serious blog entry about the whole mess (there are several follow-up posts, visit her home page to read them all). The comments generally ran to the negative, to the extent that Tess decided to shutter her blog (temporarily, we hope).
Tess won't miss the Internet - she has a career and a life. These other people? Getting in Internet pissing matches is what they do. I think I'll miss Tess's opinion more than theirs. Unfortunately, she's going away and they aren't.
Update: First, I forgot to mention where I heard about this.
Second, J.D. Rhoades has a nice post on this subject at Murderati.
Finally, I believe I have found the reason for this behavior (not-safe-for-work language).
posted by Graham Powell at 10:29 AM