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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
This may be a ranty discussion post because I’m EXTREMELY UPSET that I was spoiled MULTIPLE TIMES for Sarah J. Maas’s new release, A Court of Mist and Fury. I mean, it hasn’t even been out for a week yet, dammit! But this isn’t about the spoilers, although I could probably make a rant about that. This is about the way the SJM fandom reacted after the release of ACOMAF. I am both shocked, and slightly annoyed, with the way things escalated across a number of social media platforms. Readers attacking one another just because they didn’t like the direction of where Feyre’s story was going, defending their ships and favorite characters.
Then things took a turn. Some readers took it a little too far and felt that it was okay to bash SJM as a person…
I get it, you’re upset with how certain relationships played out and while I agree that it is PERFECTLY OKAY to critique an author’s work and decisions, bashing them as a person is a NO! Come on people, we are BOOK REVIEWERS! We do not, and SHOULD NOT, be reviewing authors themselves. That was wrong on so many levels.
What’s even worse was how readers were treating each other. Many of us have big personalities in this community and that sometimes can lead to conflict. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we are all entitled to our opinions and even if we disagree with another’s opinion, we sure as hell should at least RESPECT their opinion. Shoving your opinions down someone else’s throat is never right, so why did so many think it was okay to do so? If we can’t share our thoughts with others in the fandom, who can we share them with?
This is really unhealthy and hateful behavior. Things were taken too far and if this is what it means to be in a fandom, then I don’t think I want to be a part of the madness. Fandoms are meant to be fun. We should be able to discuss, listen, and flail about things we like. We should be able to critique things and provide reasons for why we feel a certain way without the fear of being judge. Instead, people pulled out pitchforks and torches and mass mayhem ensued.
With the upcoming release of Empire of Storms, I fear that this situation may occur again. I’m pretty certain it will and I’m not looking forward to being spoiled for yet another SJM book. This is petty behavior and we need to CUT IT OUT! If keep this up, there will be no fandom and I’m pretty sure most of us don’t want that. Let’s clean up our act people!
I just needed to get this out of my system because the fighting greatly affected my reading experience of ACOMAF. With spoilers everywhere, play-by-plays of scenes on my feed, I just could not enjoy this book like I did with the first since I knew how the book was going to end. I didn’t expect for this book to anger so many people, I’m still in shock. Fandoms are meant to be fun, let’s try to keep it that way, please!
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
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