Over the weekend, this article by author Kathleen Hale was published in the Guardian. In it, she describes her deteriorating mental stability and her obsessive compulsions that led to ultimately to her stalking a reviewer to her home in person and to her workplace via several invasive phone…
In case you’ve been under a rock this past week, here’s a rundown of something that has people on twitter buzzing:
On Friday, YA author Kathleen Hale published an article via The Guardian, entitled Am I Being Catfished (spoiler alert: no). Here is the article via a channel that won’t provide hits…
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It is this article, which is fascinating and horrifying for about 13 different reasons.
I will sum it up: the author is tormented by an unprofessional Goodreads reviewer and ends up going to her house to confront her.
Shall I repeat that?
Goes. To. Her. House. The author. Went to the reviewer’s house.
I won’t lie: being online is difficult. Being personally attacked is difficult. Reading death threats is difficult. Maintaining a presence online that manages to be both professional and invested with as much of the real you as you can … is difficult. I don’t always succeed. I trip up, sometimes with my eyes open, and sometimes by accident. But.
IT IS A VERY EASY THING TO NOT STALK SOMEONE’S HOUSE
We can talk until we’re blue in the face about whether or not authors and reviewers should be allowed to engage, and what level of personal attack is allowed before it’s considered abuse, and blah blah blah
AUTHORS PLEASE DO NOT CALL READERS DO NOT VISIT THEIR HOUSES DO NOT CONTACT THEM AT THEIR PLACES OF WORK.
That is my opinion on that piece. I am sorry that this author felt pushed to the brink, but there’s pretty much no room for tolerance of this kind of authorial reaction.
UTTERLY UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR. I will also clarify that Kathleen Hale provided NO EVIDENCE of the reviewer in question “tormenting” her. Every claim she has against the reviewer (who, full disclosure, happens to be a close blogging friend) is hearsay. What the reviewer did was read Hale’s book, heartily dislike it, and write a review on Goodreads—a site MADE FOR REVIEWING BOOKS. Hale was the instigator in every and any conflict that followed. Furthermore, one reviewer is not capable of ruining an author’s career. It is absurd and unhealthy to fixate on one one-star review to that degree.
But like Maggie Stiefvater perfectly points out, even if the reviewer in question HAD done that, it is NO EXCUSE TO STALK THEM, SHOW UP ON THEIR DOORSTEP, LEAVE THEM PACKAGES, PEER INTO THEIR CAR, CALL THEM AT THEIR PLACE OF WORK, AND THEN PUBLISH AN “ARTICLE” ABOUT THEM.
There is no excuse for that. Ever. Ever.
a homeless guy just said to me “do you tell jokes to make people laugh or to make people think you’re funny” and that is the most profound shit ive ever experienced
I asked my old science teacher this and he said “I make jokes to make myself laugh because I know I’m funny.”