So the wankfest continues and some new stuff happens.  Whether we’re ever going to be able to get back to reading and reviewing books is still undecided.

1. Julie McGuire and Jane Litte have a Twitter battle.

Important Links
Jamie McGuire’s Twitter
Jane Litte’s Twitter
Jane Litte’s Beautiful Disaster review.

What Happened?

After the debacle in which McGuire abuses negative reviewers in a blog, Jane Little decided to take matters into her own claws.  A catfight is the obvious result.

L: “I’m posting my review on Sat of ur book & it contains everything you seem to hate and despise in a review.”

Ouch…

M: “I’m sorry you’re disappointed.  I’m disappointed you have entire website about you opinion, but I’m not allowed one blog.”

The rest of the Twitter battle can be found here and here.

As of this moment, Litte hasn’t posted any review other than the following found here.

Jane Litte posted her review on Dear Author, and it’s very tame and professional.

As of this moment, McGuire has still not apologized for attacking a reviewer, and has instead reinforced on her blog that the entire post was an attack on one specific review.

“1. This blog is not directed toward all negative reviews. Beautiful Disaster elicits strong emotions in many people, and not always in a good way. This blog entry was directed at something very specific, and those involved know exactly what I was referring to. I kept the particular issue vague on purpose, and did not post a link because I didn’t want anyone outside of those “in the know” going to that particular review. I hope this answers that question.”

The reviewer in question, Sophie, has continued to be attacked by McGuire’s fans.

2. Memyshelfandi blogs about books being compared to Twilight.  Her complaints are compared to a recent bullied reviewer.

 

Important Links:
The blog post that started it!
Discussed here

What happened?
Amber from memyshelfandi.com writes a blog post in reaction to reviews comparing books to Twilight.  This bothers her.

Leigh Fallon, recently discovered to have launched an email campaign against a review (and it’s author) where her book was compared to Twilight, likes this blogpost.

Links are made between this blogpost and Fallon’s recent cyber attack on Stephanie.

Amber denies this in the comments (Awesome!)

Then, on twitter, suggests there might be one  (…not so awesome.)

 

3. Author Julie Halpern lashes out at Book blogger Allison at The Allure of Books

Important Links:
The blog post that started it
The review that started it
Discussions
Discussions
More discussions

What Happened?

Julie Halpern writes a personal attack on Allison’s recent review of Don’t Stop Now.  The blogger world reels from the ridiculousness of it all.  Then a rash of discussion breaks out.

She posts a second blog post.  It is not an apology.  She blames the bloggers for being too sensitive and justifies her attack.

A third and final blog post is written demanding bloggers stop being so upset about her offensive posts.

The bloggers agree, forgive her and rush to buy her new book.  Then they all die from a sarcasm overload.

Halpern deletes the blogs.  Unfortunately, Google Cache doesn’t delete as fast as she does.

 

 

4. Several Authors rehash old blog posts or write new ones in support of book reviewers.

Important Links:
Julie Kagawa’s reposted blog
Rachel Caine’s rediscovered post
Pam van Hylckama Vlief’s post
Veronica Roth’s post
Phoebe North’s blog post

What Happened:

Julie Kagawa reposts her blog because she is sick of the drama.
Pam posts and addresses some of the bad author behaviour because she is sick of the drama.
Rachel Cain’s old blog post is rediscovered because authors and reviewers are sick of the drama.
Veroinca Roth writes a blog post on her opinion of the author and reviewer condition because she is sick of the drama.
Phoebe North writes a blog post on her pledge as a writer and reviewer because she is sick of the drama.

Everyone swoons and says, “Finally!” because EVERYONE IS SICK OF THE DRAMA!

5. Author Rick Lipman claims book bloggers sacrifice virigins.  Could be true.

Important links:
Twitter status
Discussion

What Happened?

Aspiring YA author, Rick Lipman provides valuable insight into the darker side of book blogger activities, revealing startling new information.

When asked to back up the various allegations, Lipman’s response is, “But why would I lie?”  Compelling and also irrefutable in its logic, we are forced to believe him.  Other twitterers joined in with further insider information, shocking the reviewing world.

“You guys.  I didn’t want to tell you this because I didn’t want to stoop to their level, but: Book reviewers ate my baby.”

“I’m pretty sure book bloggers faked the moon landing.  And are also Satan.”

Some book bloggers are offended, yet ultimately can’t deny the accusations and eventually are forced to agree with Lipman.

What REALLY happened?

I’m not sure, but I think it was awesome.

Kat Kennedy

Kat Kennedy

Co-blogger at Cuddlebuggery
Kat Kennedy is a book reviewer and aspiring author in the Young Adult genre. She reviews critically but humorously and get super excited about great books. Find her on GoodReads.
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19 Responses to “Wank Fest Continues”

  1. I really really love your blog post. I understand that book bloggers from the US won't agree it's funny but I really laughed a lot reading your post :D Love your humor!And just for the record: In Germany we sacrifice virgins too! Just for fun. Because we CAN! *muahahahaha*

  2. I heart you! Gimme moar! Just so I can see cute llama pictures on blogs,Oh wait, this didn't have one! I'm disappointed in your now. Let's start a bitchfest on Goodreads and Twitter because it's a boring weekend after the non stop drama of the week.

  3. I am in love with your use of the Obama photo. A+.

  4. Rishu, you beeyotch. Don't tell international bookbloggers what we're doing for fun here. *sigh* Kat, as always: Brilliant post and thank you for summarizing the bullshit that went down. I missed the fifth thing, and I didn't get the whole Jane discussion. (Btw, I read the book yesterday because of the drama. oô)

  5. I'm not gonna lie this whole thing is FASCINATING. Absolutely fascinating.Love the breakdown of the wankfest.

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  7. Sandra

    Excellent post. Tbh, I thought the authors on Twitter were mocking the situation. Perhaps it was the wrong way to mock it, but to me it was funny nonetheless. The accusations under the hashtag are way too farfetched to be considered anything other than that. *shrugs*

  8. nooo i thaught it ened

  9. There is a review of *Beautiful Disaster* up at DA now.

  10. So much wank, so little time.

  11. I'm with Stephanie. There is also not nearly enough alcohol or chocolate or ice-cream (pick your poison) to continually deal with this.

  12. I found this series of posts linked to by another blogger and now I'm following your blog. I knew something was going on but now I've found your coherent (and hilarious) explanation!I'll be back!

  13. Thank you for summing everything up so thoroughly with your blog posts. I'm with April. I'm still processing the extent of the shitshow but it's nice to do so multiple times removed from it. Phew!

  14. You add Maggie Steifvator to the wank fest for her Bloggers aren't reviewers..Check out Parajunkee , she is talking about it today. Oh so the drama

  15. “Then they all die from a sarcasm overload.”
    very very funny.

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