So as most of you know, I just launched Delvers 2.

Reviews are very important, especially for indie authors.  So imagine my dismay when I saw a 1 star review posted that seemed to be only about… *gasp* including a gay character in my narrative.

OH NOES!  

This was the review:

 

 

 

 

I was actually kind of torn about this.  You see, I knew this was exactly the type of thing you can report on Amazon.  However, while I don’t talk about politics much and I won’t publicly get on a soapbox about what I believe, I am a freedom-minded dude.  I mean, I believe in freedom enough I was willing to enlist in the Army when I was a teenager.  Anyway, I didn’t report the review, but I did have a healthy dose of , “WTF?  What kind of fucking moron is this?”

So I shared the screenshot (name blacked out) on Facebook.  Outrage ensued, and the review got taken down, I’m assuming because a lot of people reported it.

Well, this entitled asshole noticed, and decided to post /another/ review.

 

 

 

 

Oh, now we’re getting more pointed.

So…I got a 1 star because of the afore mentioned, *GASP* gay character.  Better watch out, that fictional character may make you start craving dick!

Second, apparently, because this brilliant reviewer didn’t believe the book was LitRPG, it warranted a 1 star too.  Okay, mouth breathing moron of the internet.  Please kindly go fuck yourself with a cactus.  Everyone’s entitled to an opinion, and this one happens to be really stupid.

Now, this is when I noticed that this lovely individual was a part of my LitRPG group on Facebook.

This is where the temptation part came in.

See, I know that I have a fairly large audience, and it wouldn’t be difficult for me to start a witch hunt against one mentally challenged individual.  At the very least, I could ban him from my group.

However, that’s a slippery slope.  Also, let’s not beat around the bush…that path would be /evil/.  It would be a gross misuse of power, and if karma is a thing, I’d probably come down with cancer this year.

So this is a cautionary tale.  Someone reading this is an author or will be an author one day.  When that day comes and you have thousands of people who actually pay attention to the shit you say for some reason (I seriously have no idea why anyone gives a shit about anything I say), or you already have an audience, make sure you double think, maybe even triple think what you plan to do with your platform.  It’s one thing to get pissed when some mental giant of the internet tries to shit all over your livelihood or intended livelihood.

It’s quite another to be an epic bully.

This was kind of a significant milestone for my brand when I made the conscious decision to do no evil.  I’m just a baby author too.  I imagine that for the big guys, the seduction of misusing one’s platform could be intense.  Or maybe they were just like me and made the decision once so it would never be an issue again.  I don’t know.  I just know I’m glad that so many authors I respect don’t castigate individuals publicly, unlike some of the celebrities in Hollywood we’ve seen misbehaving on Twitter.

That said:

If you’re a fan of the Delvers series, please help me out by supporting the official release and leaving reviews if you enjoyed the book!  Every little bit helps, and lots of good reviews can help offset the angrybros.  Delvers is going to go some dark places and explore some adult problems.  I doubt this is the first time this problem will crop up.  However, I know all of you are up to the task of making sure all that shit just passes us by and doesn’t sink the ship.

Thank you.

-BC

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  • Nuit Blanche

    You da MVP Blaise, I can’t understand this kind of person, how can they just hate this much.

  • john parkes

    There are always haters, they will always bluster but their opinions have no logic to defend them aside from hate…confronting them gives them a forum and that’s not something anyone should do where the audience is inappropriate like a review page or a workplace because then everyone gets hit with the shit that flies.
    It invites other haters to join in and expands their voice while the non-haters witness it, in the main unwillingly.
    Fiction mirrors the real world in some ways like all art does or at least the imagined worlds we visit, the best fiction mirrors reality in some way and in the real world there are all kinds of people, strong weak, big small, fat slim, evil good, right wrong, gay straight, white black, and every shade between them all…in the real world some people have been shamed into concealment and that has lead to them being seen as outcasts, wrong, or bad and that is/was the goal of those who began the shaming, to end the exile, to end the shame, to end the hate, the victims have to come out of the shadows and be recognized before they can once again be accepted as part of society at large.
    Writing them into fiction is a part of normalizing them and removing the shadows, in our world they are doing well entering mainstream media and when popular people step out of the shadows…gay people have always and will always be part of humanity. It is our job to stop the shaming even if we aren’t gay and anything we can do to lend support is good but not in places where it hurts the innocent, like an amazon author review page, thankfully there’s a way for fans to fix this….each review has a button asking if ‘this review was helpful’…enough ‘no’s’ will have it removed.

  • Jay1590

    Ahh, evil’s not so bad, you should have blasted him..would have been fabulous…much love to ya though

    • Blaise

      lol ty

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