‘constantly getting shit for what I wrote, over petty things such as “incest is WRONG OMG”’

16 Aug

Well, damn!

It would seem that someone is suffering from withdrawals, not getting enough attention lately.

Seriously, people, this is the new comment on a two years old post:

I don’t see what the big deal is with Chancery Stone. I read some of her writing, and it’s not that bad. It’s not my favorite style, I’ll be honest–I prefer less of the sparse Hemingway-esque prose and more lush descriptive language–but the premise is interesting, the characters are interesting, and her writing got that across to me.

Heck, if I was her and I was constantly getting shit for what I wrote, over petty things such as “incest is WRONG OMG” and who-knows-what-else, I’d be bitter too. Luckily, I’ve grown up in an environment where the internet and all its…fuckwittery…is obvious. The web, some iconoclastic haven of free thought? Yeah right. I’ve seen more tolerance and nonconformity in some northeast Ohio trailer parks. Where Chancery Stone went wrong, I think, is not seeing internet forums for what they are. She was too idealistic. Having one’s idealism trampled to the ground by people who miss the point and don’t want to get the point at all…I don’t blame her for getting disgruntled.

I think it’s amusing, and by amusing I mean sick, that much of the criticism against her (fandomwank and the like) say little to nothing about the writing itself. Aside from one grammatically-imperfect sentence and vague buzzwords of the parts people found unpalatable, I couldn’t find anything to judge on my own.

That said, she should have thought before she typed.

P.S. Maybe I’m being oversensitive, but what’s with calling her “Ms. Stone” in a pejorative tone? What’s with calling disdained female authors in general “Ms. XYZetc?” I don’t see disliked male authors being referred to as “Mr.” anything on a regular basis, and not with implied condescension.

So many things here to address…

One big deal is the mislabeling: the romance genre has a few definite conventions, such as a happy ending with the distinct and believable possibility of a happily ever after. From what little I’ve gleaned, this drivel doesn’t have that.

Another big fucking deal is the equating of incest with romance–the injury to victims of incest everywhere is…well, no words for that.

Further, calling people’s concerns or objections to the above ‘petty’ says more about the person commenting than I care to type. (Then again, this fuckwit apparently thinks Ms Stone was too idealistic to understand what she was getting into by promoting her shit in online forums…)

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PS Maybe you are being obtuse: I use Ms Whatever equally for authors I like and for imbeciles such as Ms Stone.

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