Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Authors Behaving Badly #11

Authors Behaving Badly: When 
Authors React Badly to Negative Reviews and Criticism!

Or: How NOT to Handle Bad Reviews!

When an author puts a book out into the world they must know it's not going to get completely positive feedback. All books, throughout history, from Hamlet to The Da Vinci Code, have people who love them and people who hate them. And most authors handle the negative reviews pretty well (even if they're crying inside).

However, some authors decide that they want to fight their critics. Some get personal. Some get downright nasty. Did someone say car crash?

I was originally going to post one article on this but so many authors have behaved badly that I thought I would make it a weekly feature! I bringz you all the drama every Thursday from authors who have been a little naughty.

11. Alain de Botton Attacks a Reviewer!

Who Is He: Alain de Botton, a Swiss writer and philosopher, author of 'The Architecture of Happiness' (among other novels and essays).

What Made the Fur Fly: Alain de Botton don't like no dissin. No soiree.  Book Reviewer Caleb Crane posted a review of his book, 'Pleasures and Sorrows of Work' stating, 
“The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work” succeeds as entertainment, if not as ­analysis, when de Botton allows himself to geek out, as when he flies to the Maldives to follow a tuna’s journey to a dinner table in Bristol, traipses after a painter who has devoted years to an oak in East Anglia or rummages through a graveyard of mothballed airplanes in the Mojave Desert. The misfires seem to come when he steps into an office. Whether that means he desperately wants to work in one or couldn’t abide to is for him and a career counselor to determine. “The Oxford Companion to Food” recommends stir-frying cabbage to reduce the smell." (Source)
Alain did not take this assessment of his book very well. Although his original comments have been deleted and gone to the big Recycling Bin in the sky, according to the 'New York Observer',

In his post, Mr. de Botton told Mr. Crain that he had “killed” his book’s chances in the United States, and included the astonishing line, “I will hate you till the day I die and wish you nothing but ill will in every career move you make.” (Source)
Slight over-reaction maybe?! Just a tad?! He did seem to repent slightly later on however, saying,
 It appears this morning that Mr. de Botton actually is a little sorry. Starting three or so hours ago, he has been posting reflective little dispatches to his Twitter account, starting with a quote from Montaigne (“To learn we have said a stupid thing is nothing: we must learn a more ample, important lesson: we are but blockheads”) and followed by an admission that the message he left on Mr. Crain’s blog was “clearly an insane thing to write in a new public age.” “I do apologise,” he continued, “and hope you won’t think ill of me forever.” (Source)
I love the dramatic language he uses! I'll say this for him- he's a very passionate man! If he is truly sorry good on him but minutes after issuing his apology he was at it again,
A little later, after apparently searching his name on Twitter and coming upon someone who’d referred to his latest book as “subpar,” Mr. de Botton wrote: “I won’t bite, but do sum up what makes it sub par? Sorry about outburst.” (Source)
HOWEVER, he then apologised AGAIN. Can't quite make up his mind if he loves or loathes his reviewers it seems! He said on Twitter,
“i was so wrong, so unself-controlled. Now I am so sorry and ashamed of myself.” (Source)
Hmmm. Very odd behaviour.


  1. I think this one is pretty funny just because the 'bad review' isn't even that bad at all. It actually makes the book sound pretty interesting even if it has some faults. It seems a lot of authors need to run all their comments on the internet through a PR person...

  2. Much more enjoy a isolate a record of artists or possibly all the outline to develop your inventory with Computer and additionally chanel replica bags methods. This approach allow for to discover all the ratio about individuals or possibly all the span of individuals so, who levied th ice billed unit with which usually methods. To make sure you take a persons vision for the visitor, a few possibilities or possibly profile have to be structure short-term and additionally chanel replica handbags. If he does not the individual will probably erase or possibly deny the e-mail without having to be look at. Passing along an email within the mess in the most lands is normally if you don't generally known as like spamming is mostly a punishable misstep. For that reason remember to dispatch an email simply to the desired addressee to not have allowed by the law conflicts. Visitor an email mechanically is normally the key area of e mail marketing. All the status about e mail marketing hinges on the kind of e home business you will chanel wallet, there is small number of benefits and drawbacks on the e mail marketing programs, individuals have confidence in requirements home business you will do. The best quality tactic to publicize the market is normally with e mail marketing. Everyone look for different techniques for carpet cleaning endorsing the market supplements and additionally now-a-days they then are offering the most beautiful service plan for louis vuitton outlet promotional, they provide for top service plan for text promotional additionally in various venues in the world. For lands want U . S ., USA, Tibet and additionally UAE everyone look for various vendors manifestation the most beautiful service plan for e mail marketing. Holiday season is related to to make sure you prada outlet. How to find your distinct packages for the Holiday season? You'll want thought to make sure you remodel your personal property by means of beautiful bedroom furniture. To convey your personal property an exciting new and additionally revived check, interchanging unwanted bedroom furniture is a better opportunity.

  3. The goal of a rugby game may be to advance that ball and even score points inside the other crews end zoom. The football will be advanced as a result of throwing it to a new one player which is actually a passing have fun or keeping it which is actually a running have fun.

  4. Kind of sad seeming, he clearly isn't taking criticism well!

  5. ddddd0914longchamp outlet,
    swarovski jewelry,
    indianapolis colts jerseys,
    nhl jerseys wholesale,
    michael kors wallet,
    nfl jerseys wholesale,
    chanel handbags,
    michael kors outlet,
    oakley sunglasses,
    new york jets jerseys,
    cheap ugg boots,
    mbt shoes,
    los angeles lakers jerseys,
    mulberry outlet,
    coach outlet online,
    hollister,hollisterco,hollister clothing,hollister clothing store,hollister kids,hollister co
    hermes belt for men,
    jordan shoes,
    stuart weitzman sale,
    hollister clothing,

  6. These banks comprehend that things happen - you get laid off from your employment, you had sudden and high medicinal costs, you were experiencing a separation, and numerous more other legitimate and reasonable purposes behind having terrible credit. What they are keen on is figuring out whether you have possessed the capacity to advance the push to recover your credit on track. Auto Title Loans Chicago

  7. The installment terms on a trader loan are adaptable, as there is no settled term to pay back the credit however the advance is organized for a 6-10 months term. Numerous banks won't fill a UCC1 frame on your business, settling on it an extraordinary decision. Car Title Loans Chicago

  8. On the off chance that you may auction the property before the credit is completely dispensed, you might need to search for a Housing Loan bundle with a lower cancelation expense. Low cancelation charge is a particularly critical component to property theorists who regularly undercut the property inside a holding period. Payday Loans Chicago

  9. You can likewise discover that you are so vulnerable to changes in loan fees in the market. Enter the essential sum, financing cost variety and the advance time frame, and you can know how changes in the loan fee can influence your month to month consumptions. Furthermore, in case you're a financial specialist, you can take a gander at a home credit number cruncher that gives you the potential yield from your venture. payday loans san-diego