Apologists…

You’ll find them everywhere…

Let me explain… maybe there’s a better term, Rabid Fan Boi comes to mind, but the ‘net’s full of people who’ll make excuses for things that suck. A prime example is the popular web comic ‘User Friendly’. The gods help you if you express any type of comment that could in any way be construed as negative. It’s laughable and frightening to see the number of people who feel they’re free to express their opinion about you, personally, intimately and with such venom for even the most innocent of comments. I recall one time, the last I ever posted or read comments on the site, when I simply commented that “I’d like to see a new story arc” after the current one had gone on for more than a week and was nothing more than beating a dead horse by the end. I received hundreds of flaming responses telling me they’re free to call me a fuckhead but I have no place questioning the ‘master’.

Another find was the forums for a new author I recently discovered, Laurel Hamilton, I’d avoided her writing because it was most often labeled ‘vampire erotica’ and let me tell you, after Poppy Z. Brite left horrible imagery in my mind I wasn’t all that interested in the genre. But I caught a short story of hers in an anthology and read a collection of her short stories so I gave her ‘Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter” series a try. I really enjoyed it! At least the first several (6, 7, 8?) novels. I laughed out loud in several places in many of the books they were that well done. Then, something changed in the last few books. Plot was pushed to the side to discuss the male characters gigantic throbbing members, incessantly, paragraphs of not-really-erotica (titillation really) turned into pages and chapters of really badly written porn. REALLY bad porn. The author’s comment on her blog to people who simply asked ‘what happened?’ and ‘why?’ was to tell them to go away. She’s writing these books for herself and if you don’t like it, lump it. Yes, that’s right, the thousands of you/us who are paying exorbitant prices for books these days can go just go to hell. And the way her apologist fan dorks treat people who’s opinions don’t mirror their own, frightening.

A hearty hi-ho fuck you to all you apologists, if you’re free to express your opinion so am I. Don’t like it? Lump it! And a final note to Illiad, it’s rather sad that after all these years your site can’t be self sustaining and you feel the need to run nag screens to try and get people to donate while other sites (I won’t name names) are not only self sustaining they raise millions for charity along the way. You’re doing something wrong… Maybe you should listen to people other than the apologists who keep telling you you’re doing a great job?

Hawk

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