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Poltical..... - brozinski

Sep. 4th, 2008 11:11 am Poltical.....

I don't want to get political but does anyone else think Stephanie Myers is being a bit whiny when she stops work on her 5th novel in the Twilight series because somebody leaked an unfinished manuscript onto the web and she feels sad about it?

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 4th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Oh, waaaa. So she's going to risk the ire of countless fans and a possible career-ending backlash because she's upset one of her trusted readers wasn't so very trustworthy? Welcome to the 21st Century, Steph. I have no sympathy for her at all, considering how many people slave away on novels that nobody ever sees. If she's that fragile (or that dumb about controlling access to her work) than maybe she doesn't deserve all the fame and money that's been lavished on her...

Jason

PS Not that I'm bitter or anything...
From:brozinski
Date:September 4th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
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I'm actually afraid most of my derision that is focused on her and her books comes mostly from the bitterness thing. Not that I write books or anything but one of my best friends does and at least the one short story I read was head and shoulders better than the five pages of Twilight I read. GRRRRR
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 4th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
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I haven't sampled Twilight, but I've read a couple of interviews with her and she comes across as the sort of person you and I both know all too well, the sheltered Utahn who is unprepared for the harsh realities that exist beyond the Zion Curtain. "What, you mean I'm so popular that people will download an unfinished draft of my latest book? And that one of my so-called friends is unscrupulous enough to post that draft to the interwebs, where anybody can see it? But that's not right. In fact, it's so not right that I'm going to get up on my high horse and not write another word, because that'll show 'em!" Sheesh, lady, you ought to be grateful you're popular enough to bootleg in the first place. If you're lucky, your publisher won't sue to get the advance back...

Jason
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 5th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
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Uuugghh!! You're so right! I want her to finish the dang thing!! I think she thinks more people read it than actually did...so if she had just kind of blown it off, finished the book and sold copies she still would have made just as much money and been totally fine. Wimp.
Kira Cannon
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 5th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
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Uuugghh!! You're so right! I want her to finish the dang thing!! I think she thinks more people read it than actually did (even though I read the one she posted on her site..hehe)...so if she had just kind of blown it off, finished the book and sold copies she still would have made just as much money and been totally fine. Wimp.
Kira Cannon
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 5th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
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PS-it posted my comment before I was finished so now I have 2 on there that are sort of the same. Haha, aah.
Kira
From:puffbird
Date:September 5th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
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I can understand her concerns about creator's rights, and control of her own work. She may even have guarantees with her publisher about where and when segments of her work get released. However, where it seems here to be a case of one person being careless (or malicious, as the case may be), I hate to see her punishing her whole fanbase for the actions of one person.

On the other hand, this is also someone who is probably very trusting and is surprised to find out that there are people in the world who aren't as trustworthy as she would like to think they are. And if that threw her into a depression, which caused her not to be able to write anymore... *shrug*
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 5th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
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I can certainly understand her being hurt, disappointed, disillusioned, and even depressed over someone she trusted essentially betraying her. And of course creator's rights are a big, big concern in this digital day and age, and she's probably worried that the leak has stolen the thunder of the new book, a not-inconsiderable marketing issue. Certainly a public statement from her on the matter was warranted. But the tone of her statement comes across as self-pitying and even petty, and, as you say, she is only punishing her fanbase if she never finishes the book or even if there's a lengthy delay. I think there is real potential for a backlash and long-term damage to her career, depending on how this plays out.

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that her public reaction -- no matter what her personal feelings may be -- is presenting the wrong image. She's coming across as immature, in my opinion, like she's stamping her foot and throwing out her bottom lip. A better way to handle it would've been to acknowledge the leak, formally express some disappointment, and simply say that Midnight Sun may be delayed while she works out some of the issues the leak has raised.

Jason