I’m sorry that I woke up today to read a post on the Huffington Post that insults both authors and readers alike… I wanted to have a nice day and yet this post has succeeded in pissing this avid reader off! I tried to let it go but the more I thought about it the more pissed off I became so we are going to rant for a minute…
In your post you state that Ms Rowling should quit writing if she really cares about it. My response is to say “Um, no maybe just maybe someone that is showing their jealousy of someone else’s success should quit.” Obviously you feel that since she’s had her success she should stop but if that happened in other fields we would have missed out on so much. Should someone like Spielberg, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Van Gogh, Renoir and Robert Heinlein have stopped once they got one successful item? I don’t think so. I don’t think anyone should stop doing something once they succeed a single time. I think if you love something then you should be able to do it as long as you want and as long as it doesn’t hurt others in a physical way. Having a successful author continue to publish work does not hurt other writers but can help bring more people in to reading as a whole which in turn can help authors. I don’t know of a single reader who only reads a single author and ignores all others. If there are some out there they are people I have never met but I don’t begrudge them their viewpoint. I’d love to meet one so I can see why they are so focused to that single view and understand what makes them tick. I’m pretty much a reader that is just happy to have someone be willing to share their gift with me. As many people that know me can attest, I’m ohhhhhhhh BOOOOOOKKKKK!!! WANTS THEM ALL>>>> GIMMEEEE kind of reader.
Now to the second point that really hit me hard, how dare you try to shame the adults who read and loved the Harry Potter series. I gladly admit to being one of them and even admit to making my first stop when I got to Canada a bookstore so I could get the British version of the Philosopher’s Stone. Yes I am that big of a book nerd… I don’t care what age you are or what you read as long as you are reading. To have an author try to say shame on someone for reading something is just shameful because those of us that are fans of the written word should be encouraging people to read not trying to shame them for what they choose to. My personal thought is as long as you are reading something you are expanding your mind and horizons even if you might be reading something that I did not like I will not shame you for doing so. I love to read and supporting the community as a whole is more important to me than trying to tell someone what they can or cannot read. If you cannot see beyond your jealousy and see that what you are saying is more harmful than helpful, well I just feel sorry for your narrow-mindedness.
As for me I choose to read stories from authors that support the community as a whole and have the presence of mind to understand that while it is ok for them to envy another’s success they should not choose to let that envy color their thinking to the point that Lynn Shepherd has. To insult the writing community and readers to the extent that she has with her thoughtless post is just something sad to see and I hope that she looks back on this incident and learns something from it.
Ok… rant over and now on to more fun stories with authors that hopefully understand that one person’s success doesn’t taint the industry as a whole and that a reader grabbing any book is better than no readers at all.