I’m probably going to be sorry for this but I’d like to talk about the perceived “reader/author” divide a little bit.
First and up front – I love my readers. I do and they know it and I do my level best to show them how much I appreciate their support of me and my work. I know that without them I’d be writing books for my hard drive instead of getting them published.
That said, simply because I write books instead of putting tires on cars or practicing law or making shoes in a factory does not mean I’ve signed on to not have opinions. Sorry, I’m opinionated. I have feelings and opinions and sometimes I share them and sometimes I start to share them and delete my response because along with my feelings I’m also somewhat of a public figure and so I need to be aware of that.
God, I don’t even know what the hell that sentence means. See what happens when I try to walk a middle line and not offend anyone?
Okay fuckit, here’s the thing – we all have opinions and yes, we know what they say about opinions, right? The expression of an opinion does not, simply by its expression, make me any more bitchy or poorly behaved than anyone else. I’m already a bitch, that comes with the opinionated part. But my having feelings doesn’t make me bitchy. How I express my opinion is another thing entirely and that’s the crux of the issue that gets missed so often. (For instance, see the difference between Lydia Joyce expressing her opinion at AAR and a certain other person – one is opinion, the other is opinion expressed in a manner destined to get people upset)
I don’t like it when people think that because I write books, I have no right to have feelings. See, that’s an opinion. I don’t like it when they talk the worst kind of hateful stuff about authors as if we’re merely laptops with arms. See, another opinion. You see, I’m not an animatronic person placed on earth to serve you. (if I was, I could eat all the chocolate and pringles I wanted and my ass would fit into my jeans. Oh and I wouldn’t have those evil stretch marks).
And I’m not talking about Karen S, let’s say that explicitly right now. I happen to like Karen and her ability to laugh at herself as well as other people. I have my own opinions of the flap at her blog but it’s not even a thing and I’m not going there – enough people have spoken about it.
Frankly, I don’t think there is an author/reader divide at all. I think there are some authors and some readers who get into it – to extrapolate that out to all of us is irresponsible. I love my readers, you can go to my loop and ask em if you like, or you can read this blog, shrug. I appreciate them and their support. And most of all, I respect them. And it appears they respect me too, which means a lot to me.
I’m looking out on the loops and blogs and I’m not seeing it. I see trouble spots but I’m not seeing a “divide” at all. I see some people who thrive on drama and shit stirring (on both sides) but for the most part, the rest of us are doing our own thing and getting along quite well and it pisses me off to have a few people trying to stir people up and make a problem when there is none simply to amuse themselves or get attention.
Not everyone is going to like you. That sucks of course, LOL, as everyone should love me and erect shrines to me with cupcakes and Pearl Jam CDs. But I’m as flawed as anyone else, hell, moreso because I’m neurotic as well as opinionated. I’ve got opinions folks and sometimes I’m gonna share em. If you want to share yours, it’s only fair I share mine. Not that I will all the time you see, but I hold that right just in case something pushes my buttons and my husband can’t talk me down.
Okay, I’m out.