The Dramedy of Book Twitter

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Man, I hope I write this in the best possible way. Intent  doesn’t mean shit if you trample over everything like a drunk giant. Get ready for a rant.

I haven’t updated my blog in a while because of LIFE. I already promised myself I wouldn’t apologize anymore for this. I started this for fun, and it will only continue to be that way as long as I don’t feel like I HAVE to update this place all the time. Sure I’d like to be more consistent with my blogging, but I am merely human and truthfully, I don’t give a shit what you think about my lack of updates.

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I have been active on Book Twitter and it’s kept me informed of all the book releases, conflicts, drama, and comedy. It’s also made me laugh, frown, and made me want to rip my hair out all in one go. That is the dramedy that is Book twitter. I follow some great people. They’re intelligent, they’re fierce, and they are also opinionated. I am here for all of it. I want to know what people think about different books. I want to see people point out when things bother them in a novel and I want to listen and learn.

Recently though something has made me want to throw books around. TWO things have crept up on book twitter like the plague. One of those is the super fangirls who attack like little trained minions whenever you comment on their favorite books or authors. You see it A LOT with Sarah J. Maas and Cassandra Clare fans, but also with JK Rowling and others. People have yet to learn that you may love something dearly but that does not mean the entire world will feel the same. I have yet to finish the throne of glass series and her other series. You can love those books till you’re blue in the face but if you call me an idiot for the fact that I don’t find them as interesting as you do, you’re not doing Maas any favors. Stop bitching at people for their opinions. Also, this goes for you people on the other side of the coin too, whether you just didn’t enjoy the story or find it problematic don’t tell people they are morons for reading it. I am at fault for this too once or twice but I am learning how to just let people enjoy things.

The second thing that’s crept up on book twitter, is the conflicting and hypocritical talks about problematic content in books. To clarify, I absolutely stand with people reserving the right to call authors out on their problematic content. I think if something is bothersome to you, there is a way to reach out and speak politely and openly with an author about it. Being more critical of the books you are reading is a good thing. What has bothered me is that the same people who were out there with pitchforks, yelling for the book The Continent to be reedited because of its problematic content, are seemingly okay with Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth who’s book apparently has similar problematic content. Not only is the issue similar, the authors’ explanations and “apologies” are similar too and yet only one of them has their book on hold, and the other one was on the NYT best sellers list. I will let you guess which one.

I haven’t read either one, but I am commenting on the hypocritical bullshit that comes out of book twitter quite often these days. I think diversity is important, But I also think a lot of the white people yelling about diversity use the term loosely and only use it when it suits them. Many of them were ready to stand up for Roth when just a few months ago they were vowing to burn copies of The Continent. Diversity and respect for marginalized voices isn’t a bag of trail mix, you can’t just pick and choose the parts you like.

I like the book community and especially book twitter, but there are some aspects of it that have started to mold the way I read things and what I choose to read. I think I would have continued with the Throne of Glass series had the overly aggressive fans not annoyed the shit out of me. I had no interest in reading Carve the Mark or The Continent but now because people have been such hypocrites about these two books, I want to read them so I can compare and contrast and form my own educated opinion.

I think a lot of the Book Twitter drama could be minimized if we could all just stop calling each other names and respected one another. I think people need to start thinking before jumping on the mob mentality that takes over twitter sometimes, and I really do think we need to let people enjoy things. Truth is a person can find something problematic but still enjoy its entertainment value, and I don’t see an issue with that.

This of course is MY opinion, and you may not share the same view, but please comment down below and share it anyway.

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6 Responses to The Dramedy of Book Twitter

  1. I only have one question – how does one find book twitter?! I’m intrigued haha

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  2. Briana says:

    Personally, I wonder if the differences between Drake’s and Roth’s books don’t come down to sales in the end. Drake has the disadvantages that 1) she’s a debut author and 2) her publisher is not as big as Roth’s. It’s quite possible Harlequin saw that criticism on Twitter and worried sales would tank. (Though I am also curious as to what type of contract Drake has with them and whether the postponement of her book in any way breaches it.)

    Roth, on the other hand, is an established author with an enormous fan base and a powerful publisher behind her. And HarperCollins knew that her book would sell. As passionate as the book blogging/Twitter communities get amount books, we have to remember that we are a small, small percentage of the book-buying public. The majority of the readers never heard about this controversy–never knew and never cared. They bought the book and they loved it. HarperCollins knew they would. The question is not “Will 100 vocal bloggers on Twitter like the book?” It’s “Will people in general in America buy the book?”

    It’s the same thing with Milo’s book. Book Twitter can scream forever about how horrible it is and how no one will buy it. People will buy it, just not them. Simon and Schuster knows this, too.

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    • Well I wasn’t talking about sales worries from publishers which btw Harlequin Teen is owned by Harper Collins. I am very much aware why Roth’s book was released anyway while The Continent was not. I think you missed my point a little bit.

      I was talking about book twitter itself being hypocritical on the matter. There were many that excused Roth when they were ready to Drag Drake just a few months ago. And it comes down to one book coming from a beloved author that fans were unwilling to say anything negative about. Two very similar situations but I saw many different reactions coming from people who were so vocal about The Continent but refuse to make Roth accountable for CTM.

      You’re also highly underestimating the buying power that book twitter has. It’s not a few hundred, it’s thousands of people. Thousands who connect to thousands more who are making videos on YouTube, and connecting thousands of others who have thousands of followers on Instagram. There’s power there but they are hypocrites many times if it comes down to problematic writing or issues with their fave authors. They will pretend it’s not true or defend the writer till the end of time.

      So while you made great points, it’s not exactly what I was writing about.

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      • Briana says:

        Yes, I know you were talking about Twitter. I was just wondering if the different responses from the publisher’s end were based in sales. Because I did see angry people on Twitter in both situations, but the publishers reacted very differently to what people were saying on Twitter.

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  3. What a great post! I appreciate diversity in books. I’d love to see a Filipino main character represented in books, main or side, doesn’t really matter to me – but only if its necessary. I wouldn’t like for characters to be from a different race just for the sake of the book being diverse. I’ll be okay reading an all white character book if the story warrants it. If it makes sense.

    One of the main reasons I avoid twitter is because of this. There’s too much stuff on there. Haha. I get it when one wants to express their opinions about something, but to bully the authors about something they didn’t like about their book is rude. There’s a proper venue for that, like book reviews.

    Thanks for making this post.

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