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Losing Faith in the Book Community

When I first started blogging back in 2014, I wasn't really in the community, I was just a blogger who kind of kept to myself but the longer I blog the more I see things. I've seen book bloggers try and scam their readers, I've seen others talking about someone taking advantage of BEA and getting way to many ARCs and trying to sell them. After that I was ashamed for being a blogger, I didn't want authors to think I was like this scammer. 

Now, I'm seeing something far worse I think. People bullying others for wanting to read books they didn't like, a better name (problematic books). Not only are they going after the readers and calling them awful names but now they are attacking the authors! Yes, sadly you read that right, people are attacking authors, demanding they tell their publishers to pull their books and apologize for the stuff they've written. An author of a fictional book is being asked and sometimes demanded to apologize.

I've actually gotten to talk to one of these authors and to hear her story... my heart goes out to her. The things they say about her... she's such a sweetheart. It's getting to the point where I don't want to be apart of this community, at all. 

Authors pour their heart and soul into their work, I know, just finished my own novel and I put so much of my life into this novel. Then they have to try and get published, which is also hard. Only to be called horrid names? Personally, I don't even want to get my story published anymore. Why? Just so I could get called horrid names when someone doesn't like my book? Pass.

Then I've heard stories of authors going after reviewers because they left a bad review. Yes, authors, published authors going after their readers for a bad review. In one story an author threatened the reviewer with black magic. No, I'm not making this up. Authors not everyone is going to like your book, everyone has different tastes, that doesn't mean you go after the reader. 

I thought we as readers and writers were more empathic and caring. I also thought we were better than this. I'm so ashamed of us as a community. We talk about tolerance and inclusiveness but what we are doing... that's the exact opposite. I love this community so much and it's tearing me up to see these things happening. I am honestly ashamed to be a part of this community right now and I hope as whole we can raise above this nastiness and do better. I want to hope we have it in us to be better.

Guess that's all I have to say about this. Be kind to each other. Read the books you love and always always my butterflies, have a great day.

*I know this doesn't apply to every reader or author and I don't mean ALL, just the ones doing these things. 

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