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I was appalled when I read this review:

This story is vile and nasty. I finished it because it was fairly captivating. I hope the other books I have downloaded aren't this bad. I have been reading lots of classics and thought I would step in to the modern time period for a change. Gross! Maybe the author is telling dirty little secrets about himself and what he does in his free time. It is a young man's modern day fetish with pornography. All in all this book is 97 percent trash and 3 percent hope. Do not waste your time or money!! Give me John Steinbeck any day over this young man. Two thumbs down, can I say any more?

Note: I did not include the book title on purpose. I actually purchased the book, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet.


I wasn't concerned that the person didn't like the book, or even that he/she was upset over the content.

But did the reviewer have to attack the author? Does this reader truly believe that authors write books to tell "dirty little secrets" about themselves?

Now I love John Steinbeck, but his characters aren't exactly squeaky clean. :D
 

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I do wish I understood why people tend to attribute actions of characters to the creator. It's like they don't get the idea of "making something up."
 

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Strangely, people often think an author is writing out of their personal experiences. I don't run into that too much while writing murder mysteries but people definitely make assumptions on an author's intentions for what they write. I've even heard it suggested that all authors write in order to propagate their world view, which to me sounds like a very weird and dull reason. I imagine it fits some, but certainly not all. I'm afraid there's no way to prevent people making the sort of accusations this reviewer has. I've read some pretty far out stuff that went beyond accusing the author of being out to cheat people of their money and into making comments about their imagined personal lives. You might report the review to Amazon but I'm not sure they'll do anything about it.
 

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Fredster said:
I do wish I understood why people tend to attribute actions of characters to the creator. It's like they don't get the idea of "making something up."
Some people can't imagine something that's not real to them. So, by their logic, if you're imagining it- it's real to you. I think that's what scares away some readers from shocking material.

EDIT: Not that I'm defending the reviewer. I was taught that if you have nothing nice to say, keep your mouth shut.
 
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