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It’s a Trainwreck and I can’t look away.

Mrs. Giggles, the first reader blogger in the romance community (est. in 1999), has come under attack by authors who send her books for reviews. Apparently, authors are sending her books and when Mrs. Giggles gives a review that is less than glowing, the author makes a public claim that she never sent the book to her.

What’s the point? Authors, seriously, no one will know to whom your book is sent if you don’t tell anyone. Everyone will just assume that Mrs. Giggles bought the book. Really. No need to go around disclaiming any association with Mrs. Giggles.

The trainwreck, though, doesn’t appear until the end when authors who run the Romance Divas come out in full force to exclaim what a wonderful and unique site it has compared to Mrs. Giggles and how they don’t need to tear anyone down to feel good about themselves while at the same time suggesting that Mrs. Giggles refusal to frequent their site is a sign of she is intimidated by them or that RD isn’t for her because it is “one of the most supportive sites online. We don’t tear each other down or pick each other to pieces just for a good bit of snark. You’d be bored silly. Or shunned completely.”

The reputation of Romance Divas(est. 2004) is “sterling” and quoted in many a published book. It’s an award winning site and we all best not forget that. I hope someone can remind me why we should feel competitive about other people giving their opinions about books.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

13 Comments

  1. Keishon
    Mar 27, 2007 @ 11:31:41

    Well, I know where to go when I’ve had a rough day besides visit DA, go to Mrs Giggles review site, pick a book that has a rating of oh, about a 30 or below and laugh my f. head off. However, I don’t think that I’ve ever visited Romance Divas. It was named that for a reason Jane, meaning don’t you ever f. with them, lol. Give me a break. People are so sensitive these days. I’m off to the bookstore to see what they got out.

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  2. Alison Kent
    Mar 27, 2007 @ 12:14:04

    Mrs. Giggles has commented a time or two on my blog in the past, but I think she’s pretty busy with all she has going on at her own place to need to hop around. And the idea that she’s not really in Malaysia cracks me up – especially when one of the reasons I heard given was that she got new U.S. releases and saw U.S. movies LONG before they were distributed internationally so she couldn’t possibly live there. :snort: I guess the address that I have for her is just one she uses to have things forwarded BACK here after they make the long trip overseas, heh.

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  3. Tara Marie
    Mar 27, 2007 @ 12:16:51

    Don’t you just want to tell some people to get over themselves?

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  4. Sybil
    Mar 27, 2007 @ 13:46:46

    [quote comment="25397"]Don’t you just want to tell some people to get over themselves?[/quote]
    uh

    Are we not suppose to do that? Le sigh… now you tell me

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  5. shuzluva
    Mar 27, 2007 @ 14:11:56

    You’d be bored silly.

    Well, that certainly turns me off. Man, anything that gets Bam to write in from Vacay is a flaming trainwreck that I just couldn’t miss.

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  6. The Good, The Bad and The Unread » Blog Archive » For Those About to Mock
    Mar 27, 2007 @ 14:17:33

    [...] can find more info at Dear Author or you know go watch the train wreck here. Posted by Sybil | Categories: random [...]

  7. Ann(ie)
    Mar 27, 2007 @ 15:22:18

    “Or shunned completely”.

    But would it turn out like this?

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  8. Wendy
    Mar 27, 2007 @ 16:44:37

    You know what I can’t figure out? Mrs. Giggles is positively ancient as far as Internet web sites go, yet these authors are “surprised” when she gives them a less than glowing review? Hello? Clueless much? And like you said Jane – why out yourselves? I just always assumed that Mrs. G bought most of the books she reviewed…..

    (Hell, I’m just glad she’s back to reviewing. I really, really missed her.)

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  9. Karen Scott
    Mar 27, 2007 @ 18:15:07

    Fucktards, the lot of them.

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  10. Emily
    Mar 27, 2007 @ 18:25:18

    Funny how every new ripple of the storm in a digital teacup means more people think it’s appropriate for them to call some other group of people crude names.

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  11. Karen Scott
    Mar 27, 2007 @ 18:34:28

    Funny how every new ripple of the storm in a digital teacup means more people think it’s appropriate for them to call some other group of people crude names.

    I love how passive aggressive that comment was.

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  12. Emily
    Mar 27, 2007 @ 19:13:44

    I majored in passive aggressive, with a minor in laconic.

    I am 100% behind Giggles as I said at Romance Divas, several times–least you think my observation was to do with the points being made here rather than the manner.

    The whole thing started with a misunderstanding but was excelated from there largely by a rampant willingness to insult others.

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  13. Sybil
    Mar 28, 2007 @ 08:49:39

    [quote comment="25453"]
    The whole thing started with a misunderstanding but was excelated from there largely by a rampant willingness to insult others.[/quote]

    nah I think it is only the really stupid ones… oh and the rabid

    Okay and authors who stick their heads up their arse but really if people are gonna do really stupid shit, don’t they do it so others will point and mock?

    So if you think about it, we are just giving them what they want. I wouldn’t be shocked if the whole thing didn’t start because the divas wanted traffic. So whatever.

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