So maybe you can help me figure out what the deal is. It made me a pretty grumpy bulldog (more so) because there seemed no logical basis for it. I mean do people not like brief movie reviews? And it's not like I stopped reading the blogs of other people, not even when Tony Laplume tried to move his on me, but that's a whole other ball of WTF.
On another front recently I had a couple of "reviewers" not like books because "the story was a cliche." To which I sneer and say, "Who do you think invented the cliche, bitch?" OK, maybe Virginia Woolf. Or maybe going back to the ancient Greeks, who were pretty messed up and had gods who turned people into all kinds of stuff. But anyway, I've been writing gender swap books for 4 years, way before it was cool. The ones in question were over a year old too, so it's likely the "not cliche" ones they read actually came after mine. It's an extreme example, but it's like if I review a Beatles album and say it's been done a million times.
Besides that I'm like the freaking Baskin-Robbins of that stuff. I mean my original Transformed series has 15 different flavors and even the stories in those take on different genres and concepts. One of the ones in question features a story where a guy finds a magic ring that turns him into a female superhero with a talking rabbit sidekick. You seriously want me to think there's like a shit ton of other stories like that out there? Go ahead and find one. My latest one is kind of like a Raymond Chandler mystery with a detective who has been gender swapped and is investigating the gender swapping (and later murder) of someone else. How many other books are doing that?!
|Coming Soon: Another "cliche" story!|
There was someone else who gave me a good star rating on a couple of books, but his "reviews" were all: I would have done this, I would have done that, etc. Well, why don't you? And there was never a reason given for why he would do the things he would do, so I don't see how any of the changes would actually improve the stories in question.
Recently I rewatched an episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" from last season where Dennis, the would-be Lothario, finds out that women are rating him badly online. (And now there's the real-life version of that site with Peeple.) He gets increasingly desperate to improve his ratings until it pretty much drives him insane. That's how I feel when it comes to book reviews most of the time. But at least I own my insecurity, right?