Lately, there is once again a lot to do about authors attacking reviewers when the latter write something in a review that the authors don’t like. Some of these reviews can possibly attack the authors, but that’s definitely not always the case. I even saw a reviewer that wrote a positive review with only one paragraph where she heckled something being attacked. Like, what?
Usually I don’t pay that much attention to these kind of stories. I mean, I do feel bad for the reviewer because I know how much time we all spend on our blog and getting attacked is absolutely undeserved. But I file the author somewhere in a do-not-read category and go on living my life. Recently however, I discovered that the author of one of the books I hold the closest to my heart, has also been attacking reviewers.
And I was devastated. I still love the book and adore the message it sends to the world, but I kind of started hating the author for what he’s doing. So I’ve come to a very difficult question: can I still love the book without hating the author? (I’m not going to mention his name as I sort of don’t want to others to have to ponder over this question.)
The same thing happened when I discovered that another author that actually became an auto-buy author for me, is homophobic and is spreading the most disgusting of messages through his interviews. Can I now still keep on buying his books that I absolutely love without feeling like I’m supporting his other messages?
I’d love to end this post with a clever insight in how I’ve found an answer to my question, but I honestly don’t know what to do. I wish that I was able to detach one from the other in my head, but it’s proving to be difficult. Did you ever have to wonder about this? What would you decide?
Did you ever wondered about the same thing? What would you decide if you noticed that a loved author is sharing things you don’t agree with?