Okay, I really don’t get something. Over the last two years since I jumped into the blogging game, I have seen at least half a dozen cases of well-known authors doing something equivalent to sticking their foot in it and pissing readers off either in small numbers or large. And not based on killing off a beloved series character or something they’ve done in their writing to drive fans away. No. They’re being bad-mouthed and ostracized for daring to be human and have a life and honest opinion. Tess Gerritsen got virtually publically flogged over her opinion about that business relating to that woman who went to such extreme lengths to have a negative Amazon review removed. Some other folks were criticized for dressing up at convention (RWA? I don’t remember–you see how important I consier this stuff). Today another friend of mine was following more of the usual drama over at Dear Author and was so frustrated by the comments of one famous author that she swore never to buy the woman’s books. This was evidently based on the author presenting some erroneous information (which sounded to me as if it were more an issue of being ill-informed). There are other people I’ve heard get riled up because an author had different political views, views on publishing, dared to have a sense of humor (swan hat anyone?).
Honestly I just don’t get it. I don’t get why what an author says or does in public because they’re, you know, human, should have any bearing on whether I buy their books. I mean, if they publicly admit to using puppies in satanic rituals or personally insult me, then that might actually bother me. But if an author writes a good and entertaining story that I enjoy, I don’t give a rat’s ass what that author’s personal preference, opinion, or whatever is on…well, anything. Honestly, I pay very little attention to the personal lives or even the public ones of most of the authors I read regularly. They mostly aren’t the authors whose blogs I follow (which is probably odd, now that I think about it). An author’s job is to entertain me. If they do that in the books I read, then I’m satisfied. That’s all that matters to me.
Any other attitude really, honestly baffles me. So those of you that these things matter to, explain it to me. I’m really curious why it actually matters.