NOTE: Please see this post https://camylleon.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/to-err-is-human/ for an appropriate and necessary apology for some of the contents of this post! Thank you!
Bam! I knew it would happen someday. It was just likely to. Partly because the written word is given to misinterpretation…and I don’t mean of meaning, I mean of feeling…and partly because there are a lot of people out there with a need to be important.
Now, I’m not going to link to the blog which vents about me because quite honestly she didn’t do me the courtesy of posting the link. In fact, I was subscribed (“following”) her page, but she was not following mine. No biggie. I figure…if you wanna, you wanna, right? So if she wasn’t following mine, how do I know it was mine that she was ranting about? No, I’m not paranoid. It was definitely mine.
The rant referred to my post, https://camylleon.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/apostrophic-disasters-or-what-i-hate-about-fantasy-fiction/, in which I commented about what I really hate in fantasy writing. And just to reiterate: It’s what I hate about fantasy fiction writing, not what YOU hate in fantasy fiction writing. I honestly don’t give a rat’s ass what you read in fantasy fiction writing. Or even if you read fantasy fiction.
Let me repeat that again, “what I really hate.” It was by no means a reading guide or an insistence that I somehow know more than others. *shrug* And to clarify again, I also didn’t mean to infer that I will never again read any fiction that happens to include one, or all of those peeves. It may happen. I doubt it, I sincerely do…because there is an awful lot of excellent fantasy fiction out there in the world (billions and billions of books) for me to spend my time on which doesn’t include any of them. At all.
Truth is, this wonder kid probably found this post because of a comment I’d made on another blog. I was sincerely trying to help…for those of you to whom I’ve commented, you’ll know I’m sincere. My comment was ignored by the person who posted this, but she did make a very authoritative comment below it, basically marking this person as her territory.
Ok, fine, I got the hint. I’ll not comment on her posts anymore if that’s the way you feel about it. I seriously didn’t mean to intrude on some sort of sacred teacher/student ritual you had going on there. Fact is, the person who wrote that blog is someone I’ve been following and who also follows me, so I thought we were developing a relationship, a friendship, a common bond over the crazy world of spirituality that we both seem to walk in. That’s what I’m here for.
Of course, the ranter in question…the one who rather blatantly ignored my comment on the other page yet who decided to completely torpedo my post without the courtesy of posting a link…does happen to sell things. Gee…maybe she’s worried her income is threatened? Oh…sorry, just me being paranoid. Likely she writes, too, and probably writes dreadful fantasy fiction involving sparkly vampires. No…she writes fan fiction involving sparkly vampires.
For the record, I have absolutely nothing against fan fiction. Why? Because the people who write it know what they’re doing, and why. I know it seems contrary to what I posted before, but the fact is that they’re openly admitting what they’re doing. For some reason to me, that makes it all okay. So what I said above was written with my tongue lodged securely in my cheek. Not that you could tell as I was writing it and not speaking it! 😉
You know, I would have thought I would have pissed someone off about something else. The threefold law, comments about Wiccans, my instinctive-but-not-traditional methods of dealing with Spirits…but, no. I managed to piss someone off by simply stating my preferences in fantasy fiction.
And I will never hide the fact that I was brought up on faerie stories and fantasy, nor the fact that this influences how I do magic. Nor does it make my magic any less powerful or serious.
…and if you’d bothered to read anything but that post, you’d know that I was too. I don’t believe it would make your magic any less powerful or serious…although if you use the Dr. Seuss rhyming pattern, I will admit I would have a very difficult time not laughing. Sorry. It doesn’t mean your magic isn’t powerful if you do…that just happens to make me giggle.
Honestly, as much as I don’t like sparkling vampires, until I have the $$$ that Stephanie Meyer has in her bank, I don’t think I’ve got anything to say about someone’s ideas about how vampires should be.
So you don’t criticize people who make a lot of money off of books? Or you just have respect for media that becomes popular? Because the average writer doesn’t make any more per year than a public school teacher. Stephanie Meyer and JK Rowling are anomalies, not the norm. By reading and respecting only those works that make bank, you’re missing a whole lot of other books out there. Seriously. No wonder you rise to the defense of the banal. And just because someone made money on an idea doesn’t mean that it’s good. In fact, often it’s the opposite. How many books were pushed to the side in this “Twilight” mania? How many authors have been pushed into coming up with lame young adult fiction that has vampires or werewolves in it because it’s “hot?” How many authors have been taking advantage of this phenomena and cranking out even more worthless pieces of crap? Because of a fad.
Yes, many of the people who read series like Harry Potter and Twilight may become interested in reading other novels as well. But with desperate publishing houses pushing authors to create cookie cutter imitations of Twilight and Harry Potter, will they ever dare to set foot outside? Will they ever wander over into the truly classic Science Fiction and Fantasy? Or will they find what they think they’re looking for…what the publishers are telling them they’re looking for.
As the absolute ultimate defense of my undying hatred for Twilight and the righteousness of that hatred, I bring you…
That’s right, because George Takei says so.