Ugh. This type of thing makes me so indignant. There were a few incidents when readers were disrespectful to some of my faves, and I was angry, but I let it go. Then, I saw a reader attack an author in regards to their sexuality, and then I decided a post was requisite. The question I will be pondering as I write to you today is, “Why are some readers disrespectful to authors?” and discussing common instances of this unnecessary hatred.
Fans Attacking Authors Because of Ships
Do I have ships? Of course I do. But, I’ve always seen it as a bit of a joke. Or at least, I thought it was a universal joke in the book world. When I choose a ship, sometimes it is because I like a particular love interest with the main character; but usually it is because I like certain aspects of that character, although I wouldn’t necessarily pair them with the MC. But, then again, if they do end up with the MC, and I didn’t want them to, I am not affected. I may be like, “Oh. It’s too bad that happened. It shouldn’t have, in my opinion.” but I’m not like, “HOW DARE THE AUTHOR RUIN MY SHIP FANTASY! THEY ARE WORTHLESS, MEAN, AND STUPID. THEY MUST OBEY ME. I AM THEIR RULER.” Not only is that reaction petulant, it is also hurtful to the author.
Although it’s never “just a book”, it is indeed fictitious. Books are art, and although everyone has different opinions and interpretations of the art, there is no need to feel betrayed because the original artist’s interpretation differs from your own. I find it appalling that people actually attack authors because of their creation. An author’s success shouldn’t mean increasing disrespect, hatred, and/or threats to their personal safety. Nor should a person ever ever eveeeerrrr think it is okay to claim something untrue relating to another person’s sexuality. That is not only too personal, but also ignorant to think you are so entitled to your opinion, that you can cross whatever boundary you please.
Fans Attacking Authors Because Of Their Characters
You can attack an author either subtly, or aggressively. Whether you do it intentionally or not does not mean you did not attack this author.(I should say this a little louder for the people in the back). It does not mean you tell that author that that is not the way you are saying it. You don’t defend yourself which then is an attempt to belittle the author’s emotion, as if they are being silly. PERIOD.
We can all speak up against this injustice. We can treat these creators with the respect they deserve. Maybe not all of us can be friends, but it never hurts to do your best to be kind to an author you truly like.
Next week, I plan to discuss when authors attack readers to make it even, (and also because this is an issue),and to get both sides of the situation. Also, because no matter how controversial it will look, I have different opinions for each side of this situation.
What are ways you are kind to an author you like? Have you ever been unkind, unintentionally or not so? Do you agree with what I said, or disagree? Have you ever experienced disrespect from an author (not naming names)? How did you respond? What are some of your favorite authors? Let us discuss your thoughts on any of these questions, or this post in general below!
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