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FYI: I don’t care about readers, clearly

My previous post about the Amazon reviewers who follow Harriet Klausner around Amazon to harass and mock her has now revealed an unseemly and unsettling truth about me: I don’t care about readers!

Yep, shocking but true. I spent decades of my life reading and writing, studying texts and story, and sweating over revisions of my own work only to hoodwink readers. You got me!

Or maybe I think that Amazon reviews are not especially important. Maybe I think an unknown number of the reviews are completely fake/done as a personal favor. Maybe a substantial number are written because the reader has some weird axe to grind that has little to do with the book at hand. Certainly many of the reviews are written by readers eager to share their honest opinions without much evidence that those honest opinions actually have an impact.

I’ve been trying to come up with a metaphor for this, but nothing seems right. Not every reviewer is being paid, so you can’t call it a whorehouse. Not every reviewer is friend or family to the author, so you can’t call it a theatrical review of a grade school play. Not every reviewer is a twitchy reactionary lunatic, so you can’t call it a recruitment session for the Libertarian Party (I kid, I kid).

I suppose I could ask if anyone reading this can think up an appropriate metaphor, but seriously, fuck you guys.

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.

Comments

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msagara
Feb. 12th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
What I wonder is if people are going after the paid reviewers - the ones that are hired by people who are trying to get their book noticed - in the same way?

burger_eater
Feb. 12th, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
Too hard. Klausner's being harassed because she's an easy target.
martianmooncrab
Feb. 12th, 2014 09:06 am (UTC)
thats good that you dont care, otherwise ... uhm... whatever, its been a long day, I like your books, I know you didnt write each one specially for me, but for your inner voice (not one of the Little Voices..) and thats fine. Thats why there are books, and if readers find them, fabulous.

burger_eater
Feb. 12th, 2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
I agree. Reader reviews are a kindness and I love to see knew ones, but I don't consider Amazon's review space a thing which must be kept pure, especially by harassing a woman online.
martianmooncrab
Feb. 12th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
I dont bother to read the Amazone reviews either, I do check my friends opinions on books at Goodreads, but since Amazone owns them now, its probably going to be iffy.
burger_eater
Feb. 12th, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
I know a spambot who wants to be your friend. It has opinions. Profitable opinions.
martianmooncrab
Feb. 12th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
based on your last 300 searches, we present to you...
beth_bernobich
Feb. 12th, 2014 12:47 pm (UTC)
I checked the comment section again, and they are getting vicious--to Harriet and to anyone who makes even the mildest objection to their tactics. Fuck them is right.
burger_eater
Feb. 12th, 2014 04:42 pm (UTC)
They're the Good Guys, donchano, and anyone who opposes them is Against Readers and therefore deserves what they get.

People are fun.
muirecan
Feb. 12th, 2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
That appears to be projection. They clearly don't care about readers or they wouldn't clog up the review section of books with their tripe.
burger_eater
Feb. 12th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
If they're trying to drive Klausner off the internet, I'm not sure why they think posting comments on a review she barely looked at when she wrote it would do anything. I'm not sure Klausner even knows these people exist.
muirecan
Feb. 12th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
Oh it is very doubtful she is aware of them. And oddly if she is aware of them I suspect she considers them to be a form of positive attention. ::sigh::
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