On stalking, negative reviews and giving up

Most people by now are completely aware of what has been going on in the YA book community for the past week. For those of you who don’t know, an author by the name of Kathleen Hale has accused a one star reviewer of destroying her career and proceeded to stalk the reviewer, eventually knocking at the reviewer’s door unannounced (x, x). If that was not all, another one star reviewer in Scotland has had its author, Richard Brittain, who lived in London, drive specifically to her working place to knock her on the head with a bottle and leave (x, x).

Perfectly acceptable behaviour, right?

Wrong.

It’s no wonder that the book community is up in flames. With Brittain being released on probation, and Hale acting all mighty and proud whilst authors such as Anne Rice clap her hands at her, with publishers allegedly releasing bloggers’ addresses to asking authors, how could it not be? Plenty of people are terrified of continuing blogging, and I can’t blame them. I’m scared too.

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