Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger's All Consuming Books and For What It's Worth - every second Monday book bloggers spill the beans on some juicy book blogging questions!
Blogging controversies? How do you address them? Do you join the Twitter frenzy? Write a ranty post? Stay on the sidelines and hope they go away?
How do you think we should address plagiarism scandals? Bad author behavior? Negative comments on our blogs?
The internet is a hot bed of controversy, drama and gossip by it's very nature. We can say things that perhaps in real life, face-to-face, we probably wouldn't say - at least not in the same way. Book blogging is certainly not immune to controversy - 2012 seems to be the year of epic blow-ups, and it's not going to go away any time soon.
I'm not going to say that I don't get drawn into controversies, because that would be a lie. What I do try and do is research things without jumping to conclusions without all the available information to hand - I want to make up my own mind. And although it's not in my nature to write a ranty post (well, at least I don't push the publish button, you should see some of my draft posts!), I'll always give my opinion when asked and show it my actions.
Plagiarism is a lazy, shitty thing to do, and if it happened to me, I would want that person named and shamed. I know that sounds confrontational, but why should someone who is STEALING someone else's work be allowed to go on as if nothing ever happened, and benefit from it? And yes, to err is human, but plagiarism is not a mistake.
Bad author behavior is unnecessary and detrimental to only one person in the end - the author. And yes, I completely get that reading a negative review of something you have slaved over and inherited grey hairs for must be a gut-twisting, sickening and disheartening experience, but it's part of the parcel - getting defensive and nasty won't win you any fans. I could throw out some cliche sayings here, but I know you're probably already thinking them ;-)
As bloggers we are outraged by bad author behavior, but we should also mirror that thinking into our own behavior. We all have books we hate and some of us write negative reviews to express our opinions - but I cannot stand the trend of writing reviews that personally insult the author - keep it to the plot, the characters whatever irritated you about the book.
This also brings me to the final point about dealing with negative comments on reviews. Luckily I've never had what I perceive to be a negative comment on one of my reviews, but when it does happen (and it's inevitable), I would want to exhibit the exact same behavior I expect of authors who receive negative reviews - either be constructive in my response, or just let it go - life is too short!
What are your thoughts on drama and controversy?