Quick, Brush It Under The Carpet!

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I can’t open my Twitter account today for some reason, but I can tweet this from my blog site, so I’m really hoping that new friends will read this, and not unfollow me in a perfectly legitimate fit of pique, at being so rudely ignored. Hi guys – wait for me!

I wrote a book review the other day, and when I logged on to Amazon to load it up, another review of the same book caught my eye because it had awarded only one star. I had awarded five because I had loved the tale, and had found it both engrossing and well written.

Intrigued, and wanting to know what had so appalled this reviewer, I read on and saw that the reason for the one star and scathing words was that the book apparently not only condoned rape, but positively encouraged it.

So now we have politically correct fiction?

The book was actually about a woman in an abusive marriage, and her journey out of it, to find wholesome and “normal” love, and beautifully written. To me this sort of writing does not condone or encourage anything. It merely brings to the fore a problem in our society. We should notice these deviations and wrongs, and avoid them, not mimic them.

If you are a rapist, I don’t believe that you can blame your violent repulsive acts on the reading of a book.

If you read about any sort of abuse, does that encourage you to rush out and do the same?

If you read the Kama Sutra, would you insist on your mate balancing on one ear with his or her toe…. Well, never mind that one.

Don’t slate anything merely for the sake of slating. You just make yourself look foolish really.

Right, I’m off to read about eating quite a lot of chocolate, and to pray to the Gods of Twitter to please let me back in. Till later friends. xxxxx


4 thoughts on “Quick, Brush It Under The Carpet!

    Joss Landry said:
    October 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Love your comment about the one star. I also review books and it truly amazes me how anyone can read a story, all the way through, no less, and give another author such a bad review. Then I remembered, some stories really move you with their intensity and their strong content. If a story can bring out such strong emotions in a person, the author has accomplished his or her purpose. I find it hard to give any story a less than good score—thre and up. Each one has flaws, of course, what story doesn’t. But it’s not the flaws we are there to pick apart, it’s the good points we remember about the story that will either appeal or not to other readers. Thanks for your honesty, Jo.


      jorobinson176 responded:
      October 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you Joss! You are right that bringing out such strong emotions in a reader is actually a talent to be proud of. I hadn’t thought of it like that. I do sometimes wonder why some people go to all the trouble of actually taking the time to write a really nasty review. If I read something that I think needs a tweak, I would rather mention it quietly to the author, than shouting it from the rooftops. The good thing about that particular one, was that it was a lonely little petunia in an onion patch of many other five stars.

      Thanks again Joss!



        Joss Landry said:
        October 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm

        Hey, us gals have to stick together. Truth will set us free. Peace, Jo. xx


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