A couple of years ago, I followed a Super Famous Very Big Deal author on twitter. When I did this, he was right in the middle of slamming someone who had written a 1-star review on amazon, claiming that his books weren’t as good as (another famous author). He slammed the reviewer, but also slammed the author he’d been unfavorably compared to. I found it incredibly tacky, and because he was so Super Famous Very Big Deal, nobody really called him out on it. But, less than an hour after following him, I unfollowed and have had a low opinion of him since then. To this day I see the attitude that “If you dislike my books, you’re obviously wrong.” I also see some authors try to say “the point of the story is X, Y or Z” and that’s not quite how it works. It’s up to readers to determine the point of the story and what to take away from it. Even if it’s something the author doesn’t like or never considered.
I’m not sure why some authors insist on responding to reviews personally. It’s a stupid and pointless endeavor. The whole point of publishing a book is that it no longer belongs to just the author. It’s a good thing when people have differing opinions. If I see a book that has nothing but 5 star reviews across the board, I’m suspicious. I think most people are.
What this author did was super tacky, and unfortunately, there’s no cure for that. But you can’t let it silence you, and you can’t be afraid to say what you’re thinking. The book did its job. It got a reaction that you felt strongly enough to write down. It’s a shame this one particular author can’t do her job too, part of which is accepting that not everyone will feel the way she does about her book.
My advice would be to leave your review up, but step away for a day or two and focus on things that matter to you. All of this is contained within the tiny screen of your computer. Remember that. It has no power over you.
I hope this was helpful, I hope I introduced you to some new titles. Go get your fantasy-read on. (x)
Yes, we do! No where near as many as we’d like, i’m afraid, but I can point you in the direction of a few at least. As someone who is cis and not non binary I apologize if I get anything wrong in the following recs. The recs below are a mix of non binary and genderfluid, I hope you don’t mind.
First is Static, with a genderfluid main character who can literally shift between male and female genders, we’ve written a review on it here if you want to check that out. There is also a trans character who’s in it pretty often. Make sure you pay attention to the trigger warnings because there are quite a few. I’m not 100% sure if this is what you want because the main character goes between identifying as male and female rather than being non binary.
According to riptidepublishing “Blacker than Black by Rhi Etzweiler is a non-traditional vampire novel (they eat chi) set in a sort of dystopian future, and that features non binary characters who tend toward androgynous.”
Wallflower by Heidi Belleau is a new adult self-discovery/contemporary romance novel that features a genderqueer character. Again, not precisely non-binary, but the character explores being both male and female and ultimately does not put a label on anything. (description of this and blacker than black taken from Riptide’s tumblr.)
Every Day by David Levithan has a non binary character who switches bodies every day though I don’t think the fact that the character is non binary is touched on much, I haven’t read it personally so if anyone else knows let us know.
Xavin from the Runaways graphic novel series is an alien who doesn’t see gender in the same way as humans, while she uses her female form most she does take male form pretty often too. Xavin becomes romantically involved with Karolina who is a lesbian.
Compared to the rec list I published earlier this is so short, and I’m sorry about that, I wish I had more for you. I’m opening this up to any followers who might know more so keep an eye on the tags in case they reblog this with suggestions.
The American Hogwarts Houses
Look at your school of witchcraft and wizardry. Now look at mine. Now yours. Now back to mine. Sadly, your school is not mine, but if you all got off your broomsticks and started using a real sorcerer’s deodorant, it could smell like mine. Abracadabra! I’m a horse.
My sister has given me the perfect excuse to buy a beautiful new edition of The Wizard of Oz