Well, it looks as if one of the bullies finally gets it:
And what do we have to say about this? Well, we agree with her. Of course there are a few points we’d like emphasize/convey.
“Does that sound like a fair, unbiased, objective review to you? Doesn’t to me. I know that most SPA books are, in fact, quite atrocious, to the point that everyone’s talking about how horrible they are as a rule. But to go into a book deliberately looking for things to criticize is not ‘reading a book’.”
True. Although, we disagree about most SPA books being atrocious. Some are. Some aren’t. In fact, many of us here have found that the majority of SPA books we’ve read are actually quite good. So, for us it’s the opposite.
And we don’t agree that the authors she mentions at the end are loathsome. These are authors we hold in high esteem because they had the courage to speak out against the bullies and what they do.
“I’m sure someone will argue that a reviewer has no obligation to write a fair, unbiased, objective review, but what value does the review have, then? It’s just one person throwing rocks at another, screaming, “You’re such a doodie head! I’m going to try to sabotage your career now because you’re personally such a loathsome douche nozzle!”
Aren’t reviews supposed to be about the BOOKS?”
Uh… how long have we been saying this? It’s good to know you’re finally getting it, though, Ederyn.
“As for the fake reviews, we have to trust that an actual customer will eventually buy that book, be totally disgusted with it and leave an honest, untainted review of said work, questioning the legitimacy of all the gushing 5-star reviews. So leave it to the real customers. ”
Or how ’bout this? We have to trust that actual customers will eventually buy the book, love it and leave honest, untainted reviews of said work, questioning the legitimacy of all the nasty, vitriolic one-star reviews that are posted because your troll friends hate the author. So, let’s leave it to the real customers, shall we?
“I hate to be in the position of defending BBAs. I mean, errrgh…I seriously HATE being in the position of defending BBAs, but the ATWR is exactly the kind of crap that gives STGRB credence.”
Bingo! If the trolls didn’t behave the way they do, we wouldn’t have even started our blog. But you have to remember, we didn’t just start our blog because of bully reviews. That was just part of it. We started our blog because of the blatantly vicious attacks on authors who just tried to make things right. A few examples:
- The hate campaign against Kiera Cass started by Wendy Darling when Kiera tried to apologize for her agent’s behavior, but Wendy ignored her and stalked Kiera’s Twitter, taking screenshots back to the “hive.” Then, she went to Publisher’s Weekly and had them write up an article on it.
- The attack on an author led by Kat Kennedy when said author tried to explain her position.
- The attack on Eve Thomas when she tried to apologize. Story in Apology Not Accepted.
I mean, the list goes on: libeling, stalking, threatening, harassing, breaking into private accounts, outing their PII, et cetera, et cetera. THIS is what fuels our blog and the more they do it, the more we have to write about.
“So what’s an honest review? A review that comes from a customer off the street who stumbles across a book, discovers it’s horrible, and leaves a scathing review. It doesn’t have to be constructive, polite, or helpful to the author in any way, for reviews, as we all know, are for the customers. A simple “OMG THIS SUCKS!!” is a perfectly objective review…IF it comes from someone with no prior experience with this book or this author. If you read the book BEFORE the train wreck and hated it, but never posted your review, then of course your review is perfectly legitimate, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t post it now. Just don’t give me that shit that you “…don’t hate the author. I have no feelings about the author whatsoever. This is entirely about the work.” Oh, badger shit.”
Again, here’s another example: a review that comes from a customer off the street who stumbles across a book, discovers it’s great, and leaves a favorable review.
It’s very telling that even Ederyn, who seems to get the whole bully review thing, automatically assumes that the review is going to be a bad one. This is really a fundamental axiom on which the bully mindset is based.
Now, what happened to Ederyn’s book after this post went up?
You see, the snakes are eating each other again. We’ve seen this several times before. In fact, Ederyn was booted out of the Asshat group because of this post. If you pay close attention to the Asshat group’s member number, it is rapidly dwindling, which is certainly due to the bullies’ erratic behavior.
Again, snakes eating each other.
Really, if you want to know how stupid these people are, we know of several authors (who shall not be named here) who’ve posted fake books on GR just to see what the trolls would do. And of course, the one-star fly-bys, the revenge reviews and the derogatory shelving began as soon as the books went up.
That’s right! On FAKE books. It’s like catching a bunch of stupid piranha’s with fake bait. Hilarious!
And speaking of stupid piranha’s, we’ve had confirmation from one of our site visitors that Angela Horn is indeed operating behind multiple socks on GR and Amazon. More on that to come.
Now, we want to end with this, Coaxial’s confession. It’s hilarious. As you read, notice the gross grammatical, spelling, and punctuational errors in her comment:
Now, is this someone who is really qualified to line edit anything?
Oh, irony at its best!