Jarod: The Pretender (1998), A Stand-Up Guy (#2.13)
Miss Parker: Like he caught me in bed with his wife.
And that about sums it up. After the lice fiasco of ’09 things have been steadily rolling downhill and gaining speed. We moved, twice. One was a complete and utter disaster and after 5 months I probably have enough material to keep up on this blog for three years. The other move…too soon to tell.
While I don’t have a fresh post for you now, I do happen to have a couple of posts that I wrote about half a year ago. They are of the Fiction & Composition category but for now they’re better than nothing.
I was going to give you a review of the latest Kim Harrison book White Witch, Black Curse but ended up so far off track that I decided to shelve that post and continue with the tangent I picked up while writing it.
With the release of WWBC Ms. Harrison has come under attack for the way she resolved a certain situation in the book. I don’t know who said what because I missed all the drama. But, I’ve gleaned from the remaining shards that there have been some people, or maybe just some one, who is expressing their unhappiness in a way that is anything but constructive. Ms. Harrison herself said some of the criticism “has just been nasty!”
From what I’ve seen, Ms. Harrison has handled this with the right amount of class and sass. It thrills me to no end she fully understands she is the author. She gets that people have become emotionally vested in her characters and may not agree with everything she writes. But, she is the author and as she says, “I have the keyboard.” and she’s not afraid to use it. She created a wonderful world and everyone in it and can do with them as she pleases. We may not agree, and heck, to be quite honest, I too felt a little let down. But then, I was feeling let down by the whole situation to begin with. Did I feel this gave me the right to bitch at the author? Heck no! I should thank her for doing her job so well she prompted an emotional response. Credit where credit is due. Hats off to you, Ms. Harrison for a job well done.
Unfortunately there are some stinkers out there. I think in general we all understand it’s one thing to berate a character for their actions. I mean haven’t we all shouted something at the TV or movie screen when someone has done something monumentally stupid or contrary to what we think they should do? In a book it’s no different. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been reading and something like “Oh, you idiot,” has been mumbled. This is realism, it’s true to life, and just like life people don’t always behave the way we want them to.
But going after the author I just don’t understand. Offer feedback, that’s fine. Say what you didn’t like and why. Don’t be mad and berate her because she made you feel something. I think I’d be mad I wasted my money if I didn’t.
Yes, I would have liked to have seen a more….intense….outcome. But it’s over; it’s time to move on. The author has written it that way for a reason. People that have a problem with that should stick to choose your own adventure books where they have some control over the outcome. As much as I liked things the way they were, I know things must change to open up new opportunities. Sucks, but it is what it is. Will it cause me to quit reading her books? Heck no. I’m looking forward to moving on from here and seeing where Ms. Harrison takes us next.
PS: I LOVE Pierce!