Thursday, January 11, 2007

Rant on

Yes. I suppose I was overdue.

What is wrong with authors who put a dedication in a book that blatantly offends readers? Seriously. I'd love to know.

I rented/borrowed the last book, I think it was Forever and Always, by Jude Deveraux, in the Forever series.
And there in the front...dedicated for all to see...it said (and I'm paraphrasing): You should have trusted me more.
This, in reference to the way she apparently has offed some Montgomerys.

Excuse me?

I'm supposed to take that sentence and be happy with it? Should have trusted you more? Are you freakin' kidding me?

I have expectations when I read a book. And when an author, ANY author, doesn't meet said expectations...he/she immediately goes on a mental list of authors I'll likely not visit again.

And what do authors expect? Let's go over this one, shall we?
Authors, once again...ANY author, hangs their ass out every time they publish a book. Any book. You have exposed yourself to the world at large. Or, at least, you're readership. And guess what? You're not going to hit a homerun every time. And maybe you should have taken that into consideration when you decide to pretty much say "screw you" to your loyal readers.

Mrs. Giggles wrote that LKH put a bastardized version of Latin in the dedication of Micah that pretty much said...If you don't like it, kiss my ass.
Not. Bloodly. Likely.
Or better yet...you first.

What are these authors thinking? That they are above criticism? That their collective words flow like wine to thirsty readers?
Please.

You submit to the public...you become a public figure. EVERYONE will have an opinion. Like it. Lump it. But suck it up.

That whole Deveraux debacle quite pissed me off. And yes. I have a LONG memory.
Trust you? Hell. I did trust you. I picked up the damn book. And here's the rub-I didn't like it.
Hmm. The trust has been tampered with. Isn't that a pity?
Want to put another pithy dedication in a book?
I won't be seeing it.
Grins*

4 comments:

Tori Lennox said...

Tell us how you really feel, Crystal. *g*

Honestly, that dedication IS pretty tacky. Sheesh.

Rene said...

Ah, crap, Tori took my comment.

Too many authors believe the fangirls until they believe their books are unapproachable. These people believe their own press and when their loyal readers start rejecting them, they can't fathom it. Not all authors are like that, but there are a few.

I quite reading Jude after "A Knight in Shining Armor" which I thought was a total piece of garbage.

Olga said...

I don't understand authors who'd offend their readers either. Btw, Chrys*, I'm so glad you've got a house! As for Sharon Sala, I've met her briefly in person once, and she's incredibly nice and lovely!

chrystal casey said...

I am so glad you got a house. As for Sharon Sala, I can't say enough good things about the woman. Not only is she a great writer and person, she has graciously offered to help us unpubs in OKRWA by reading and critiquing manuscripts for us. She just recently passed on a manuscript to her agent and the woman got Jordan Dane a three book deal coming out sometime this year.
As for the dedication page, I agree. If the author gets shitty or cocky I don't buy their stuff anymore. After all the public is supporting them and if they basically say f*** you then I can surely say it right back by buying someone elses work.