My sister shared this image on her Facebook account, it made me laugh out loud, giggle and chuckle all at once, that was until I read all the comments.
The comments were mainly divided into 2 categories. One group was busy thrashing the Author E.L James for churning out ‘trash’ such as the 50 shades series and for successfully making millions off of it. The other group was busy thrashing the author of the meme for its feminist view.
Made me wonder, though! I am in no way trying to endorse the 50 shades series, I remember reading the books skipping pages after pages because there was nothing in them that deserved my time. I know I read it only because I hate not finishing a book/series that I started. Having said that, I must say that as a writer I sympathize with the author when ‘haters’ publicly thrash her work.
Yes, I agree it was not the best of literary works, yes, she still managed to make millions from it, yes, it was on the bestseller list. Well, if it was on the bestseller list, and managed to sell more than 4 million copies in less than 3 months, then maybe it resonated with a lot of people who prefer this genre of books. In such a case why not respect the author for that aspect and keep personal attacks on her writing capabilities away from the ‘review’? Maybe it is just me, but that’s how I feel!
Moving onto the second group of haters – the ones I never tire fighting with – the feminist haters! The ones who wait at the nook and corner of every social media platform only to pounce onto the first women centric post they see to classify it as “Feminist” or better yet “Feminazi” and start thrashing the post and the author of the post thereby starting a war of words between the supporters and detractors of Feminism!
Something I’ve noticed with these kind of people is that they, for whatever reason, need something to be constantly offended over.
If today, it is the 50 Shades Trilogy and the Twilight series. Tomorrow, it’ll be a different book/series/blog post/meme. Rinse, repeat.
What do you think? Are we going overboard critiquing others? Do people constantly need something to be offended over? Or am I just playing the devil’s advocate?
(Image Source: The Reader Nook)