I’ve been reading posts on the topic of writers bashing writers, such as the case of Stephan King bashing Stephanie Myers. It bothered me, reading a published author publically putting down another writer- despite my own opinion on her writing. It still bothered me.
I’ll tell you why-
This isn’t new. Other authors through history have done the same. Some are surprisingly vicious about it too. Mark Twain was very vocal about writers such as Frost, Steinbeck, and even Shakespeare. This illustrates how opinionated an author can be, feeling vindicated in their craft to tear apart someone else’s, but it really centers on the topic of opinion,
I think to openly critique another is bad form. You’re not just critiquing the author, but the writing, and even their fans. Sometimes this extends to the genre itself. Opinion or not, such public bashing reflects more on the bash-er than the bash-ee.
What’s your thoughts? Do you have strong opinion on an author’s writing? Do you blog about it? Share in comments.