We're back. We couldn't stay away from the train wreck. 505 comments because someone called someone else a bitch on the Internet.
We do feel a bit bad at this point about including Wendy's name in the titles of these posts as she is one of the more clear-headed thinkers on these threads.
Reviewer Lucy - who has a private profile so we can't see what else she has been up to - wins the award for the most pretentious and self-righteous post of the thread:
The agent was not the only one who acted inappropriately and behaved unprofessionally. It's wrong to shift all the blame to her when the author was ALSO trying to screw with the rankings on an independent book review site. Absolving her of guilt like it never happened sends the message that this is acceptable behavior. Screwing with the rankings of the reviews because your publisher couldn't buy you the top slot is pathetic. It's sad that this author, Leigh Fallon, and apparently you too can't understand what's intrinsically wrong with scamming a system for a leg up at readers and reviewers' expenses.
Keira didn't call a reviewer a bitch. She didn't correct her agent or ask her agent to delete that tweet the moment she saw it. She let it pass. The only thing she did was not say it herself. I won't be throwing her a parade anytime soon.
We really needed a LOLcat for this. We'll have to dissect this bit of tripe in another post.
Wendy herself tries to shut down any disagreement, although we find this sad rather than laughable:
What also irritates the shit out of me over stuff like this are the fellow GoodReads users and bloggers who are always kissing ass and feel the need to weigh in on other people's reviews, policies, etc. You have a right to disagree with anything I say, but talking about someone publicly is always in bad taste.
Reviewer Anna gets a failing grade in logic:
By publicly calling you a bitch this agent is essentially calling any reader who doesn't love this book a bitch.Others express their sympathy for all that Wendy is going through and how it's so terrible that she's being attacked. /eyeroll
Everyone in this thread needs to grow the fuck up.
Getting called a bitch is not being OMG!!!!ATTACKED or BULLIED or some other over-the-top personal slight. Geez. It was rude, yes, but a mature adult would GET OVER IT.
Crap, we're going to have stop reading that thread again.