A little respect might be appreciated

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What I cannot condone from any author, especially one of my favorite authors, is linking to a reviewer’s blog or review and allowing people to slam the reviewer.

– A disgruntled blogger

Apparently it has become acceptable to hold an author directly accountable for the actions of her fans.

Recently, Anne Rice posted a negative review of the novel Pandora to her FaceBook  fanpage – as she is wont to do quite frequently with all manner of reviews. The review received severe negative publicity from fans of Ms Rice, as is to be expected with any fanbase from any author.

It has now been decreed, apparently, by the general blogging populace, with the exception of some, that Anne is directly responsible for the actions of her fans.

The arguments are thus:

  1. Anne has over 700, 000 fans and should know better than to throw them a bone, and
  2. Anne deliberately extends her feelers through the internet for negative reviews and then posts them to her page so that fans may bombard the poor, suffering authors.

Firstly, and most importantly, as an Anne Rice fan, I am beyond insulted by the suggestion that we are nothing more than slavering zombie masses, driven to do our Master’s bidding. Because this is the implication given by the primary argument. We are individuals with our own minds, our own drives and desires. Many of us (and I do understand that I am generalising, but one must when dealing with close on one million people) have Anne Rice to thank for those drives and desires, having grown up with her words or finding them later on in our lives. But WE ARE NOT dictated to by Ms Rice; not even subconsciously. Some fans are civil, some are not. One cannot assume that we are going to jump whenever she rings her proverbial Pavlovian bell. I resent the implication that we are minions/dogs/hounds, or whatever. It is blatantly rude to suggest so.

Secondly (and perhaps I should say that this is just as important), there is no conspiracy to what Anne Rice has done. I am sick to death of hearing people accuse her of deliberating over these issues and then choosing to create flame wars. From my experience, Anne is a woman who revels in moderate to semi-heated, polite discussion. Her reposts are intended to inspire argument and nattering, not to create misery in the lives of bloggers. I can even see this side to her in her novels. Her characters take ample opportunity for heavy, intense discussion. Why is it so hard to understand? Why make an urban legend out of a simple interest in opinions regarding her work?

One of the severe backlash responses has been that the Anne Rice fanbase is unfamiliar with the term ‘freedom of speech.’ This amuses me immensely. Really it does. How can an individual accuse others of stomping all over their right to say what they will, and then become greatly offended when the same is done to them? Anne reposts commentary on her work. It is her place as an author. Believe it or not, she is entitled. If bloggers did not want the negative attention, then why opt to blog in the first place? As a blogger, it is your own responsibility to set your security settings so that moderation of comments is enabled. If you find a comment offensive, remove it or simply do not accept the approval. I, for one, have never left a comment unapproved unless it has been verbally offensive (foul language when it is uncalled for – and then I contact the author to request a rewrite). If you approve a negative comment for the world to see, then you are as guilty of inciting hatred towards the author or yourself, as you accuse Ms Rice, herself, of being. It is attention-seeking nonsense.

Perhaps my argument here is that the bloggers complaining of how unfair it is that they are insulted should not be in the ‘business’ of blogging at all. Grow a backbone. I am sorry to be so blatant regarding this, but really. We are taught from a young age that we will receive criticism for our decisions. Learn to accept it and move on, or go and order yourself a stiff drink at your nearest bar and let the agony of being a crucial part of the internet settle down. The internet is a great, big world, People. It is full of rude, disrespectful individuals. Do not allow yourself to be convinced by your own terrorised thoughts that one person is steering those hundreds of cussing comments towards you. And please, for the love of God, do not spread this ridiculous opinion to others as well.

You are as guilty of inciting aggression towards Anne Rice as you are accusing her of inciting it towards yourselves and others like you. Think carefully on your actions, and try to see past your own prejudice. This kind of inappropriate behaviour is what is wrong with the internet community; the flaming and swearing, and general distastefulness of commentary posted everywhere.

One woman cannot control the actions of many. And I would much prefer to have an active author, who responds to commentary and requests responses, than a silent one who pays no mind to her fans.

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  • Reply Sue Quiroz April 30, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Thank you for your comment on this…well done!

    • Reply Lafaeyette April 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you, Sue. All the reasons listed above and many more. I am so tired of this hatred!

  • Reply Amber April 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, except the one thing about swearing being bad, I swear. *shrug* it’s how I was brought up I suppose. Anyways, I totally agree, especially with the part about how she’s now attacking Anne, not the other way around. I find her “open letter” to be very rude, and directly attacking Anne which seems so much worse than the original crime of “sending 700K people to someone’s blog and not telling them to be civil” Cause you know, everyone would have played nice and been totally respectful of a woman ripping up a book and telling Anne to go to hell if only she had added those words.

    It has been edited on the book destroying blog that the book was already in bad shape, the go to hell is also gone, and it was always her intention to shred it. I wonder if this changes anyone’s views of the act of destroying it. To me personally it does not. It’s not about the book being destroyed per say. It’s the disrespect. I feel like she was truly spitting in Anne’s face and I just hate to think of someone, especially someone Anne’s age, being treated like that. I am sure age shouldn’t make a difference in a perfect world, but I was raised by grandparents, my grandpa is only a year younger than Anne, though he has had a stroke and lives in a nursing home, I would be beside myself and have to restrain myself, and may not succeed, though I’m not a violent person by any means, if anyone were to say break something he created even if it were broken, because they didn’t like it in front of him, because it would crush him even if he didn’t show it. Quite honestly I do think Anne was being a little catty around it but I can’t at all see why I can blame her for it. She’s a 71 year old woman from Louisiana, they do not pull punches in the way Anne does. Compared to many she handled it with the dignity and grace we have come to know and love in her, and then some. Me personally I am not a follower of her works, I follow her person because facebook made me realize she really is quite an awesome person. I could care less about book reviews, it was the act of blatant and total disrespect that really upset me personally.

    • Reply Lafaeyette April 30, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Hey Amber!

      I didn’t mean to imply that swearing is bad. I swear often, in my novels, my poetry, and in my posts :). But if it is deliberately aimed at an individual, I try to block it, unless it is in jest. For instance, I had a Twilight fan call me a fucking bitch. And I don’t care to respond civilly, so I sent her/him an email asking them to elaborate or change their comment. I never received a response.
      I absolutely agree! I think her passively snide commentary is rude and horrifying to me. But perhaps she was never taught about respect for one’s elders or for people of stature. Oh well.
      Yes, I found that little edit interesting. It was not mentioned initially, and I feel that perhaps it was added in to protect her ass (<--- see? 😛 ). Your respect for her is inspiring. I only wish more people would display such gratitude! Thank you:)

  • Reply karie engels April 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Very well said 🙂 Thank you for posting.

    • Reply Lafaeyette April 30, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      It is always my pleasure :).

  • Reply Tyler Brainerd April 30, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    On freedom of speech:

    More than the points you’ve made, it’s all the more amusing to see people entirely misunderstand what freedom of speech means.

    Freedom of speech is a right guaranteed by the government in specific circumstances. It does not mean that you are allowed to get up in a movie theater and start yelling crazed rants.

    Similarly, it is Anne’s page. She is able to post whatever she wants, and she is also allowed to remove whatever she wants. The government does not protect a persons right to complain on a facebook page.

    • Reply Lafaeyette April 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Hear hear!

    • Reply AggieCowboy May 1, 2013 at 3:33 am

      I would add that Freedom of Speech does NOT mean Freedom from the Consequences of that Speech. Nor do First Amendment Rights apply only to a certain section of the U.S. population.

      Way too many people think that they can have the cake without paying for it. Doesn’t work that way.

  • Reply Migyur Dorje April 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    “Think carefully on your actions, and try to see past your own prejudice.”

    Exactly so, another reason I keep posting the wisely famous and famously wise quote by Dr. Paul Farmer: “The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that’s wrong with the world.”

    Thank you for helping remind everyone that everyone matters and that it is a really good idea to see one’s own self clearly before you comment on another.

    • Reply Lafaeyette April 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Ah, thank you. It is wonderful to see people thinking clearly on this issue.

  • Reply SilverSilence April 30, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I am in agreement with you on this one, considering that yes, blogging isn’t that bad, truth is, that everyone has their own opinions in that matter. Aside from that, it is the fans who make the decision if a book is good or not, and most of the time, I don’t let this stop me from reading, if I did that, I wouldn’t have discovered Anne Rice in high school or even some of the other writers I have come to enjoy.

    Respect is earned, not given, I’m of that opinion since I was little. I’m of the opinion is people should continue to post their blogs because sometimes what others do have to say about a book is important. Most writers actually do listen to us, and do use this to improve what they are doing. I know that Misty who wrote Herald of Valdemar does listen to fans and if you ever read any of the Tales of Valdemar Anthologies, these are written by fans and authors who like the series. These were edited by Misty herself.

    In regards to this article, yeah, sometimes Authors wants to make a point, that was possibly the reason why it was posted. I’m still staying out of the idea that Anne did something wrong, it was her fans who took it too far. I’m a fan of the series and sometimes even I go too far. I say people should continue blogging as much as possible, because sometimes you guys are the reason there are more books out there.

    • Reply Lafaeyette April 30, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      I have no problem with blogging, as I said. But I do honestly think that people need to hold their heads high and take some responsibility for the actions that lead to them receiving bad commentary. To blame it on the author is hypocritical, considering the nature of the internet.

  • Reply LtSaraD April 30, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    seems to me she was just sharing the review because it was just so absurd for the reader to dislike the book so much as to destroy it.

    i love Anne and don’t think anything beyond that, i didn’t even read beyond the first paragraph because it sounded like the woman just wanted to be absurd and get attention. i did however pick up my fav, the tale of the body thief, off my shelf to read it again because of the blog. it gave me cravings.

    • Reply Lafaeyette April 30, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Haha! I handle much ‘conflict’ the same way. Whatever they say, it seems to be the things that bother them regarding Anne’s work just inspires me to read it again!

  • Reply Angel April 30, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Perfectly written!! Thank you!

    • Reply Lafaeyette April 30, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      It was my utter pleasure!

  • Reply Annamaria Marzo April 30, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I totally agree with you. I cannot, I repeat, cannot even imagine that Anne Rice would post that link in her fb page just so people would attack the blogger. This brings me the image of a person releasing his dogs on someone. It’s insulting to suggest Anne would do such thing.
    One that at least bothers to follw her page

    • Reply Lafaeyette April 30, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      Indeed. It is also insulting to the “dogs” as I have seen us fans referred to in a couple of comments today.

  • Reply Annamaria Marzo April 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I totally agree with you. I cannot, I repeat, cannot even imagine that Anne Rice would post that link in her fb page just so people would attack the blogger. This brings me the image of a person releasing his dogs on someone. It’s insulting to suggest Anne would do such thing.
    One that at least bothers to follow her page knows that Anne is someone with an open mind. She posts those bad reviews so people can see her work through a different perspective. She is a curious person. She truly wants to know our thoughts on it: if we also have the same critics.
    She’s being democratic, not only showing nice reviews, cause that would be biased, but also the bad ones so we can make constructive critics.

    • Reply Lafaeyette May 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Thank you, Annamaria. I only wish people would be more trusting and less likely to accuse others of vindictiveness.

  • Reply Ariadne April 30, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    This is well argued, but my opinion is that you are wrong. This is not a freedom of speech issue and framing it as such only distracts from the real problem here. I have been a huge fan of Anne Rice for a long time, but the problem here is that with great power comes great responsibility. With every action, a reaction. Cause, effect. And the fact of the matter is, when you have 700,000 people listening to you, sometimes you DO need to be careful to what you say.

    If you call an entire community’s attention to something that you already know they won’t like, you cannot fail to be aware of the result: that they will defend the thing they love, sometimes viciously. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. No, Anne Rice can’t control what her fans do, but yes, at the end of the day she is RESPONSIBLE for what happens when she directs those fans to read something which is so obviously going to inspire them to react in a childish, rude and negative way. She set the events in motion.

    The leader of a country doesn’t go to war, but s/he sends troops. I’m not saying that it was Rice’s explicit agenda to send people to actually harass bloggers, but she MUST have been aware that would be the consequence of posting this link. Fans are passionate people, and some of them are badly behaved on the internet, and some of them feel posting a link like this is like giving the author’s blessing. It’s not the first time it’s happened from her facebook page.

    As an author, of course Anne Rice has every right to react emotionally in some way when she sees someone chopping up her book to make some rather mediocre decoupage. But I do believe it crosses a line of etiquette when she directs her readers, many of whom also react emotionally, to that person’s blog where those readers will undoubtedly spew their vitriol.

    What can Rice learn from such an experience? That her fans support her? That her fans love her characters and her writing?

    How can she not possibly know this already? Of course we love and support her. But I, personally, am disappointed when I see someone I respect fail to own to the negative consequences of her actions. Anne Rice has every right to feel passionately about her work, and to express her opinion. But she can do both of these things – and generate online discussion too – without facilitating 700,000 followers in harassing some poor unknown girl with a blog.

    • Reply Lafaeyette April 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      I cannot agree with you for the points listed in the article above. I do not feel that Anne should have to take responsibility for the actions of her fans. But I do thank you for voicing your opinion. It is indeed appreciated.

    • Reply Tina Ann Forkner May 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      I agree with Ariadne. As I just posted on one of the other blogs: As an author myself, who notably does not have a fan base like Anne Rice does, I’ve been reading these blog posts, reviews, and comments about Rice’s Pandora with a mixture of horror and amusement. The truth is that bad reviews can be hurtful (I’ve been there myself) but where is the respect for freedom of speech (for the reviewer)? For every bad review of Rice’s work, there are hundreds of positive ones. One bad review isn’t going to affect her sales. I thought the review was well-written and that turning the battered book into an art project was pithy. I love the idea of using copies of books for art instead of trash.

      • Reply AggieCowboy May 1, 2013 at 6:08 pm

        And what about respecting Anne’s Freedom of Speech to have a discussion about the bad review with her fans? What about respecting the Freedom of Speech of her fans?

        The First Amendment doesn’t guarantee freedom from criticism. If you want to express your opinion, then you also have to accept the criticism of that opinion. Anne at no point requested that her fans attack the reviewer or even to comment on her blog. She asked for a civil discourse on her FB page.

        In this age of the anonymous internet, it is naive to expect that you won’t be criticized for your comments, especially when you diss someone as popular as Anne Rice.

      • Reply Lafaeyette May 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

        We have already discussed the issue of freedom of speech. As much as it is the author’s right to post, it is Anne’s right to repost and the fans’ right to comment, no matter how ugly it must get. It is one of the chances one takes when one responds to a famous individual’s work – positive or negative.

  • Reply Bea April 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I find it incredulous that people think that whilst they can be critical they themselves are above it. I have read the blog that this is about and the post on Ms Rice’s facebook page and I simply do not understand why grown adults chose to behave in a manner befitting a playground.

    The concept that Anne should prefix every post that she makes with ‘be civil’ is simply beyond my comprehension. She is not a class teacher looking after a group of children who have not quite learned how to behave. She is an author who likes to read others opinions, she posts to create debate. She is also a human being who is subject to the same emotions as every other human being to have ever walked the planet.

    I can only completely agree with this blog, people need to realise that the internet is a place that is accessible to literally millions of people and you have to own the stuff you put into it. Keyboard warriors are all well and good but once it is out there you have no control of what happens so before hitting send its a case of thinking about whether you really want it to be read by other human beings. Life isn’t all hearts and flowers, frankly something that I am rather grateful for.

    • Reply Lafaeyette April 30, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      That is a very succinct way of thinking of it, and one that I had not considered. Maturity. She should not have to preface commentary with the instruction to behave. Quite right, Bea. Thank you!

  • Reply Kassi (Nova) April 30, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I actually commented on the link post to that review. All I had to say was that I thought it a shame that someone took the time to so thoroughly trash someone else’s art, and that “Pandora” is actually my favorite of the Vampire Chronicles. So many people reach for the obvious choices in “The Vampire Lestat” and “Queen of the Damned”- and yet, here is this side story that I always felt was underappreciated.

    I think some of Anne’s fans are a bit too retaliatory when it comes to people who give her grief or feed her something negative. I thought it very brave for her to seek out criticism and then ask her fans if her work could have been better. What a humble thing to ask! Anne Rice simply wants to get people talking- and I think she finds alternative viewpoints intriguing. I have never felt that she is trying to build a mindless following to agree with everything she thinks and says. She will try to inform, but I’ve always felt she expected to be given things to think about too.

    That said, I think her fans would do best to write their own blog entries about what they loved about her work, if they choose to advocate for her, instead of visiting negative reviews and attacking the people who wrote them. I completely agree- she has no control over what her fans do, and she never asked them to do anything except tell her their thoughts.

    • Reply Lafaeyette April 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      I quite agree…. Hence – all of this! 🙂

  • Reply PandoraVox April 30, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree! I’m such a longtime fan of Anne’s that I remember going into bookstores looking for her next novel and them not knowing who she was! I’ve had the privilege of meeting her on a few occasions and found her to be very personable and just lovely in general. I also follow her FB page and find many of the things she posts there of interest. My mother and I were once in her home in New Orleans and her library was not only extensive, it was dewey decimaled MUCH to the thrill of my Librarian mother. I think you can learn a lot about a person from the books on their shelves and it was apparent to me that Anne was a devourer of knowledge and information. This has been supported by the varied things she posts on FB and the questions she puts forth for the “People of the Page”. As you and many others have stated, she often posts articles and reviews that are in opposition to her views. The thing I enjoy the very most about her page is that she shows her human side. I have never felt, as a “Person of the Page” that she was posting such so that I would go out and defend her honor. She has never even so much as implied her wish that I do so and in fact, many times she advises that we be polite and civil. So for the bloggers and commentators to be aghast that she post it to begin with and to blame her for what others say and do is ludicrous. I am particularly affronted that the author of “The Open Letter…” seems stuck on the fact that she found 3 instances where Anne did NOT say “please be polite and civil” and is inferring that the very lack of that exhortation is in fact encouragement to NOT be polite and civil. After all, how dare Anne Rice (who is apparently not allowed to be human) assume that we are individuals who are individually responsible for our own behavior and that unless we are specifically told to do so we will not be polite and civil because we’re all animals (yet we can read!).

    Lest I be confused as a brainwashed disciple of Anne Rice I would like to add the disclaimer that while I have read everything she has written up to Christ Our Lord, I have not loved every word she has put to page. Some of her work I find better than others. Some, I *gasp* didn’t care for. Some, however, I found to be life changing works of art and prose.

    • Reply Lafaeyette May 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      I do agree, I have not enjoyed all of Anne’s work, but this is not a site for reviewing, as such. It is a site where I vent. As all bloggers do. But one MUST realise that blogging invites negative responses from time to time. Sad, but true. There is no need to attack the author in response.

      • Reply The Light's Bane September 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

        I am curious which ones you did not like. I loved the VC, but I unsure if I should read the witches series. I think the ones from the witches series are more stuck up. Its impossible to hate the vampires for being rich because they get no human advantage such as rich people being healthier due to healthy food and the best medical care available. Witches on the other hand do get a human advantage. I liked Jesse because she never let it get to her head, she never seemed to think like she was better than anyone else. Do you like the Wolf Gift books? I thought her wolves were really unique. I’ve never read a another werewolf book like that. Never read the 2nd one yet but I loved it when Margon explained their history in the end and that they didn’t have to suffer not knowing like Louis did in the VC for so long. I also have yet to read Ramses the Damned but I suspect the more human-like immortals like the morphenkind, Taltos and Ramses immortals have less mental health issues.

  • Reply Lisa Vollrath April 30, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I follow Anne’s FB page, and I enjoy the articles and reviews she posts. I rarely feel the need to comment on the reviews, since everyone is entitled to express their opinion of her books.

    This calling out of Anne in an “open letter”? That, I had to comment upon, because it had nothing to do with Anne’s work. It was simply a rant about whether she had a right to post links to other people’s writing, Isn’t the fun of following Anne that she does share other people’s opinions, and encourage discussion? I felt that calling her out, and the subsequent whining about being held accountable for that call out, ridiculous and misguided.

    Don’t get me started on the childishness of slashing up a book with a scalpel to express your dislike of it…

    • Reply Lafaeyette May 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Quite. I am offended by the notion that other individuals may be treated as people whose “feelings” can be hurt. But an author is apparently no longer a person. Incredulous.

  • Reply IrishOne May 1, 2013 at 12:22 am

    I agree 100%.

    I also think that Anne truly wants to hear the opinions of *everyone*, not just like minds. I think it shows true character that she posts both positive AND negative reviews. If she only posted positive reviews, then she would be accused of something else, no?

    She also has asked in the past when posting links for people NOT to attack.

    Keep on, Anne! She is an inspiration in so many ways!

    • Reply Lafaeyette May 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Yes, she is. A lovely polite woman. I don’t understand why people would think otherwise of her.

  • Reply AEmilius May 1, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Well said. I can’t believe how far and quickly this episode escalated. It’s so sad, and people are instantly buying these bloggers victimization, as they buy their often irrelevant and unfair reviews.
    If anything, these people should thank heavens for the publicity and for getting any kind of attention from a true bestselling author. While what they write, as was the case with the original Pandora review, was a pompous, ill intentioned, shallow and completely shortsighted bucket of mud hoisted to the rank of “review”.

    • Reply Lafaeyette May 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Absolutely. It has gone too far now.

  • Reply Lisa May 1, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I completely agree with what you’ve said here. I think when you literally tear an author’s work apart and then bash it on the internet, there is bound to be some harsh feedback from fans who adore Rice and her novels. I think it’s fantastic that an author of her caliber is willing to share everything out there, good and bad, even from those amateur writers such as myself that no one would have known existed otherwise.

    I had actually written a positive review on The Wolf Gift that was shared by Anne Rice and received both negative and positive feedback. Lucky for me, none of it was offensive by any means, although it was pretty obvious a few of them did not actually read my review. Rice may not have control over what responses others have on what she posts but she definitely provides a huge and sudden flow of traffic to what had been nearly lifeless just moments before being posted on her Facebook. As a writer and a fan, I appreciated this, even though my own experience came with criticism. That’s just what happens on the internet.

    • Reply Lafaeyette May 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Yes, it is the malice behind the action that is bothering people, not the act of ‘making art.’

  • Reply Carl Daigrepont May 1, 2013 at 6:51 am

    The reason the plans fell-through for the prompt filming of “The Vampire Lestat” (the best of the series) is that Anne and all of her fans ,were so hurtfully negative towards Tom Cruise during the filming of “Interview” (the best Vampire Movie ever made), that Tom soured on the whole idea of playing him again.
    David Geffen was no longer interested, Neil Jordon was irritated and Warner Bros. was convinced they had lost about $30 Million at the Box Office due to the massive outburst of venom from the “devoted fans”.
    So, without these participants, the project just sat-there.
    And now we have “Queen of the Damned”, a film that manages to
    shred not one but TWO of Anne’s best books.
    Go-on, folks, keep bitching and abusing people.
    We’re already being called “fanatics” in the media.
    I guess no one considered just BLOCKING this girl…

    • Reply Lafaeyette May 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      This is not intended to cause yet another flame war. But I do think that with all the negativity crowding out Anne’s good qualities at the moment, this really needed to be said. I apologise if you feel that we are behaving like buffoons.

  • Reply Amelia Cole May 1, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I applaud you for this article. I have been horrified by the reactions of people to this issue, especially when it becomes blatantly obvious that they themselves are not “People of the Page” and so have no idea how Anne usually runs it. If, for example, you did not know the regularity with which she posts reviews about her own work, both positive and negative, it would be easy to assume that she was hanging this “small-time blogger” out to dry. But she does this often, and I can only assume that the virulence of this fan response was as a direct result of the blogger’s own unreasonable and excessive bias against Pandora.
    Considering how often Anne DOES preface her posts with “now everyone remain civil”, it beggars belief that these frankly ignorant outsiders are feeling the right to judge her for the inappropriate reactions of a few fans. Yes, there are 700,000 of us, but speaking as one of them, I certainly read that article and didn’t post anything.
    As you say, we are not her flying monkeys to be nudged in any direction and then descend to attack.
    Thank you very much for this reasoned and intelligent defence of one of our favourite authors, who’s own reaction, or lack thereof, to these specious accusations is only serving to furnish me with even greater respect for her than before.

    • Reply Lafaeyette May 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Thank you, Amelia. I was so hurt for Anne’s sake by the way her fans turned against her.

  • Reply A. May 1, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Just a thought:

    If you hate something so badly that you have to write about it and post it in public, it might also be that you loved it more than you think you did.

    I saw that post you’re referring to, and while the author of the blog seemed to apologise to her fans before she shredded the book, literally, she never once apologised to the author. It’s as if she did not care how hurtful it would be to have someone rip apart some part of you in public, and make no mistake, an author’s work is a part of them…
    did the book hurt you that much to read?
    Seriously?

    If I dislike a book, I put it aside, I don’t rip it apart and make art out of it. Speaking of… the cups with Pandora’s words on them, I kind of want one- because I like Pandora.
    I will not make one however. I have been taught, “handle a book as gently as you would your grandfather’s head”. Handling books with reverence just makes sense to me. I have disliked plenty of books, but I am sure they hold a gem for someone else, and it could just be that the loss was mine for not finding it.

    • Reply Lafaeyette May 1, 2013 at 9:46 am

      I do so agree with you there. The act of despising a thing is the act of acknowledging that it has done something to offend you because it has meaning for you. I do believe the author may just need to respond to her feelings, acknowledge them… And join us “fanatics” on the dark side…. Giggle giggle.
      There is ABSOLUTELY no reason to destroy a book. She said it was falling apart. Yes, fine. But then make a new cover or put it away safely so that no more harm can come to it.
      The cups were cute though ;).

  • Reply A. May 1, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Yes, her ‘lack of emotional connection’ had a strange way of being demonstrated.

    • Reply Lafaeyette May 1, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Well…. That’s what happens if you pick a book far into the series and then read it as a ‘stand-alone’ novel.
      According to the blogger, all books should be able to stand on their own.

  • Reply AggieCowboy May 1, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I’d like to throw something else out there…

    Anne requested a civil discussion of the review. Writing is an art that is practiced and improved throughout a writer’s career. Each work is an author’s baby so it is hard to stand back and detach oneself from it in order to see it from another’s viewpoint. When a reviewer trashes your work, you want to know why. Is there something that you missed, that you can’t see? Does the reviewer have a valid point? What is the lesson there to help you improve your craft?

    Anne has a HUGE fan base to draw from to help answer those questions. Her posts often generate an intelligent debate, but, unfortunately, with so many followers there are those that are more militant in their actions. That cannot be helped. People can be extremely passionate about the celebrities or causes they care about.

    With regards to every novel being a stand alone novel, I agree with that. Every novel should be a complete story. HOWEVER, a serial novel builds on the histories established in previous novels of the series. To expect a reader to slog through all the background and histories already established previously whenever they pick up the next volume is unreasonable…and turns the reader off. Now, granted, Pandora is not part of the original Vampire Chronicles, but it is based in the same world. A novel set in the worlds of Star Wars or Forgotten Realms don’t (and can’t) rehash all the history of every character.

    And with respect to the book reviewer. The onus of her review is on her shoulders. Anne’s fans would have found it without Anne’s post. The reviewer handled it badly. Her own followers attacked Anne without even a cursory attempt at doing any research on their own. And therein lies the problem. Internet Zombies. Anyone can post anything to the internet. That does NOT however make it the gospel truth. Critical thought seems to be a lost art.

    And with that, I’ll shut up even though I could go on and on.

    • Reply Lafaeyette May 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      I know the feeling, I could talk about the stupidity of this situation for days and days on end.

  • Reply Ben May 2, 2013 at 3:16 am

    One woman can’t control the actions of her fans, very true. What she can control is not throwing them a bone. They aren’t slavering zombie masses, but there are slavering zombies among them. Having a little grace and not punching down and responding to a thrown dart with a vast army is preferable.

    • Reply Lafaeyette May 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      I understand where you are coming from, I just still feel that Anne has come off worse for this than any of the said bloggers, who are crying victim, because life is so unfair to them. They think they can hide behind being “small-time” bloggers, and the “little folk,” but it’s frustrating to watch Anne being ridiculed.

  • Reply Jessica M. Vázquez June 2, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Agreed. I remember that review. It was… shocking. But this whole situation is beyond stupid. 🙁

  • Reply The Light's Bane September 24, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I support burning books and flags for political purposes but this was just meaningless. I do not think Pandora was badly written, some may be uncomfortable with the style of the subject matter but that doesn’t mean they have to be a big baby and destroy something because reasons. It’s like- OK, you don’t like it?! So what! Then you think people are not going to call you out when you put yourself out to public on the internuts? They call this attention whoring. Good job blogger.

  • Reply Seer March 16, 2015 at 5:47 am

    “No, Anne Rice can’t control what her fans do, but yes, at the end of the day she is RESPONSIBLE for what happens when she directs those fans to read something which is so obviously going to inspire them to react in a childish, rude and negative way. She set the events in motion.”

    And make sure that you don’t dress provocatively when going out in public as we all know by now that boys will be boys so we can’t expect them to realize that a little leg or cleavage is not an automatic invitation for escalating physical interaction. And don’t blame your stalkers for ‘loving’ you to harassment, captivity and death, ’cause you know, like, they luurrrve you and they just wanna be with you, like really close. All the time. Forever :).

    Responsibility is really easily transferred isn’t it?

    {{sorry for so many comments on old threads, just cruising the ether while I still can 🙂 }}

    • Reply Carmen Dominique March 17, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Not to worry, I like resurrecting old threads. And, yes, I agree with you, and, mostly, that is the trouble. One cannot blame the author, for the actions of her fans. It’s troublesome slippery slope that leads to arguments such as, are those responsible for committing murders in the name of Manson not to blame, simply because, the devil made them do it?

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