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9 responses to “When Fandom goes bad.”

  1. Moz

    So glad you found the author’s blog. I find that sometimes that helps. Other times I want to write comments that amount to “stop blogging and write. Write the book. Write. The. Book. Now!”

    So I read people like Charlie Stross (antipope.org) who are both funny and attract enough comments that I can be amused without thinking every two seconds about when the next book will arrive.

  2. Aishwarya

    Sorry to disappoint, but Rivers of London and Midnight Riot are the same book, as far as I know! Rivers of London is the UK title.

  3. blessedjessed

    Woohoo! Someone else who likes the Ben Aaronovich books. I would recommend Kraken by China Mieville for another view of London’s supernatural underworld.

    As for bad fan behaviour, I once had the misfortune to spend a night in the San Francisco fog outside a gig venue just so as my friend could give the singer of her favourite band a bracelet. I was not impressed.

  4. WildlyParenthetical

    Yepyep. Some of the treatment of authors is really appalling. The idea that people have a responsibility to write, even if and when they don’t want to, or are struggling to, or have, y’know, a life beyond their writing, is really kinda yuck. Being a bit of a fantasy reader myself, I know the frustration of waiting on the next book, I really do. But that frustration is mine. It’s really got nothing to do with an author… an author to whom I ought to be grateful for having created such a rivetting story. I remember waiting on the third book of the Tamir Triad from Lynn Flewelling very impatiently, for example. But having worked in a bookshop where I had tried to chase down the next book in a fantasy series for someone and had to give them the horrendous news that the author was not, in fact, going to release the final book, I guess I had an extra bit of motivation to hope for, but not expect, the next book…

    Robin Hobb wrote a rant a while ago now (2008) about the importance of people not blogging if they’re writing books (which was then turned against GRRM – because he blogs, omg! – with some comment, if I recall correctly, from Neil Gaiman as well). The rant has disappeared now (with a blog in its place ;-)), but she posted a comment elsewhere which manages to both talk about priorities and argue that writing requires training-work – you have to be disciplined about doing it, or it won’t get done. What’s interesting to me, though, is that in amongst her new blog are the occasional references to days of writing which are excruciatingly painful (both physically and otherwise). Writing takes more than merely sitting down in front of a computer, and so some days, weeks, months, years, will be harder than others. It feels so wrong to me, then, to demand that authors just up and publish; a real misunderstanding of how unpredictable, and hard, that writing process can be.

  5. Julie

    I find the complaints baffling. I mean I am extremely lucky atm as all my current fave authors are putting out one (or two!!) excellent book(s) per year, on schedule.

    Whereas, Garth Nix wrote Sabriel and then we all sat on our hands for ten years wondering if it was actually going to be a standalone book, before he wrote Lirael, then Abhorsen.

    I read a lot of Author blogs, so when the book is delayed because a thousand terrible things have happened (the river is flooding, beloved pets have randomly died, etc), I know, and I find myself caring more that the Author gets themselves back together personally than that they quickly turn over a book that might not be as awesome as it might have been had they sorted themselves out first and then finished the book.

  6. Mindy

    the Author gets themselves back together personally [rather] than that they quickly turn over a book that might not be as awesome as it might have been had they sorted themselves out first and then finished the book.

    I hadn’t thought of it in these terms before, but yes, this.

  7. lilacsigil

    Here is the famous “George RR Martin is not your bitch” post from Neil Gaiman (not that I think anyone is anyone’s “bitch”, but that’s how he put it!)

  8. Rebekka

    Still frustrated that there’s no final Obernewtyn book from Isobel Carmody still, though, much as I do intellectually realise she’s not actually, you know, working for me (as Neil Gaiman put it).

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