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Anne Rice Sics Her Fandom on Unaffiliated Lone Blogger for One Poor Review


If there’s one valuable lesson a creator can learn, it’s not to engage with reviewers. With very few exceptions, railing against a negative review reflects most poorly on the reviewed, who are likely to come off as petulant, not the reviewer. Unless a creator can prove definitively and objectively that a reviewer has misrepresented their work in some way (as has occasionally happened in video game reviews where publicly available play statistics and screenshots reveal reviewers who played merely the first few hours of the game, for example), it’s better to simply ignore the review, and it should seem obvious that this maxim applies even more stringently when the source of the review is a lone fan rather than a professional.

So when Kayleigh Herbertson picked up a used, abused dime store copy of Anne Rice‘s Pandora in order to use its pages in a craft project and wound up reading it for a lark, and then reviewing it, she should not have expected to be called out by an internationally famous author who tacitly invited her fandom to harass Herbertson in the comment section of her post.

In my opinion, it is a laudable mark of a creator who really understands internet fandom in all its highs and lows when they accompany their interaction with a recalcitrant internet detractor with a gentle reminder to their following, no matter how small, not to take it upon themselves to teach the detractor “a lesson.” The tendency of groups of internet users to align themselves into a sort of mob or loosely organized campaign is well known, and like most aspects of human nature it can be used for great good and great evil. And sometimes it can think it’s doing one and do the other. Or start out doing one and do the other. That’s kind of what people do, with or without the internet’s help.

As Herbertson said herself, in the notice that she edited into the top of her review, she’s got a following of maybe one hundred. Rice’s fandom would likely never have found her review if the author herself hadn’t posted a link it on her Facebook page with the words ‘Punishing Pandora And A Surprising Opinion on Anne Rice” by Miss Articulate is a review by some one who loathed the book so much she cut it to pieces. Comments most welcome.” Welcome by whom, is the next natural question, since the first comment on the post is now an all caps scream calling Herbertson a hag and wishing that she’d contract a venereal disease. Rice also quoted from Herbertson’s bio page in the comments on her Facebok post, a tacit and well taken invitation to her followers to lambast the blogger there as well.

It should be said that not all of Rice’s fans have come to the review with their caps locked: some are engaging nicely with Herbertson, even recommending other books in the same series as Pandora that might resolve some of the issues she had with it, and casting aspersions on the folks who are being blatantly offensive in Rice’s honor. Additionally, this is not exactly surprising behavior coming from Rice, after she infamously waded into the Amazon reviews of one of her novels in 2004, calling them slander, falsehood, and lies, likened the review section to a public urinal and called the folks who’d written the reviews (or at least their opinions) stupid and arrogant. But actually inviting her following to harass a small time blogger, unmistakably her intent here, is low indeed. Rice later thanked her followers for a “spirited discussion” (according to the Daily Dot she did not, herself, comment on Herbertson’s post), saying “I hope Miss Articulate is pleased with the numbers who have discovered her blog.”

I certainly hope that Ms. Herbertson finds Anne Rice’s least polite fans to have short memories, and that her internet life returns to a more normal pace soon.

(via The Daily Dot)

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  • http://twitter.com/Proi_RS Robin S

    Anne Rice? The internet: you’re doing it wrong.

  • Anonymous

    What an asshole. I was a moderate fan of Anne Rice’s material before, but see if I ever buy another one of her books again. I refuse to give money to a multi-million dollar bully.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    Well, that’s really good for Anne Rice.

    She’s caused bloggers and other internet peeps to drudge up things that happened almost a decade ago, which considered together show she’s nothing more than an arrogant, self-righteous bully with a legion of mindless fans and a targeting reticule.

  • Stehpy

    Or you could just pick them up at a used book store like Mrs. Herbertson so in a word from Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka “[She] Get[s] NOTHING!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicole.e.currie Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    Wow, I’ve never liked Rice’s books, but I was recently considering giving Interview with a Vampire a try. Nevermind. I refuse to give money to such a terrible bully.
    Someone reviews your book and doesn’t like it? Grow up and take it. Not everyone is going to like your work. Suck it up. Don’t send your readers after some random reviewer, because that’s you being a *insert whatever expletative you consider best here*.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beth.rolufs KittySoft Paws Rolufs

    I thought she found Jesus or something a while back. Is that how those good people are supposed to behave?

  • http://twitter.com/Yuricon Erica Friedman

    Some of Rice’s writing entertained me, some bored me, but this kind of behavior is petty beyond forgiveness. Anne Rice, you’ve lost the battle and the war here. Not only is Miss Atirculate unbowed, you look like a pompous ass.

  • Arakiba

    I always said Anne Rice was nuts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    This is tripe. I’m very sorry. Ms Rice is not responsible for this internet-wide flame war. Bloggers who strive to undermine her integrity are.

  • John Sharp

    I SAID good DAY!! x

  • http://twitter.com/callmebecks Rebecca A. Weston

    Sorry – what integrity would that be exactly? A blogger read her book. A blogger didn’t like her book and stated her opinion. That’s it. Rice may not be responsible for typing out every comment left on the review, but she knew exactly what she was doing by posting it on her Facebook – calling her fanbase out to grab their pitchforks and defend her.

  • http://twitter.com/dgyoung3 Don Young

    This is some fox news level spin. I follow her page and her twitter, she regularly posts good and bad reviews/essays and solicits comments. In case you missed the whole Facebook craze, there is a little button under your posted status that says “comment” which you can use to comment on that post. She was not asking people to harass the reviewer.

  • Anonymous

    Not that I would have advised Rice to do this but it does raise the question: who critiques the critic? Working for a site that reviews games (like you mentioned in your article) I can say that all our critics take quite a beating every single time they review something and it comes with the territory.

  • http://amidstdancers.blogspot.com/ Shard Aerliss

    Anne Rice gets angry shocker. Love her work, mostly, but she is not a stable lady at the best of times. These things, I’ve noticed, tend to happen when she’s not pouring herself into a book. She’ll get worked up over something, take to her computer, get it all out of her system in the form of a novel and the world will be a bit calmer for her again.

  • Anonymous

    The bloggers involved in this were much more respectful and mature than this terrible sensational account. I’m sorry, but this whole article reads like something from a LiveJournal page, seeking to do more harm than good. It’s trying to inadvertently incite another Internet Lynch mob.
    Miss Articulate’s craft was not malicious, and I have apologized as an Anne Rice for overreacting. I even joked on my own blog response,posted at fantastyfreak.blogspot.com, that I would have loved to buy the “Pandora” pot if it were sold on Etsy.
    Let’s not temper the rage inside of ourselves. Anne Rice never posted the link, as a way of fueling any internet lynch mob. She was actually very respectful to the second blogger that responded to the frenzy unleashed by Miss Articulate’s post.
    I’d advise “The Mary Sue” to be much less “Fan Wank,” and be a bit more level-headed about this affair.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    Heaven forbid she post a review on her own FB page. She has done this many times. With both positive and negative reviews.

  • http://twitter.com/EmberDione Kim Pittman

    What crap.

    Here’s the honest truth for all artists: No matter how good something is, someone somewhere is going to HATE it.

    Roll with it, and move on. Clearly Ms. Rice knows her business and sells her books. She really just needs to ignore the haters.

  • Heather Moore

    A blogger didn’t just write her opinion…she detailed how she cut the book up. That’s just a literature fail. Not saying I agree or disagree with either of the two ladies involved and their respective stances; however, an author owns the piece of work, and is completely entitled to have an opinion on a review of said work. I do not, in any way, believe Anne Rice ‘released her minions.’ I do, though, know her page has quite a few immature people. She could ban them, but isn’t that juvenile? I think this whole thing has been misconstrued, over-exaggerated and the responses show at what level of maturity some people are. This is sensationalism at its best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    I agree with you, Heather. But the sensationalism is not actively at Anne’s hands. She just did what she always does.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    “Unbowed?” Really? She changed her initial story, responded to trolls, and all round made a fuss out of absolutely nothing.

  • http://twitter.com/DanielReasor Daniel Reasor

    The Jesus books didn’t sell as well as the Vampire novels, so that experiment didn’t last long. It was basically a phase she went through.

  • Heather Moore

    There are always two sides. Look up Anne Rice’s FB page, find the original post about Pandora, and read through the comments. Anne Rice commented herself several times, and was nothing but well-spoken, unbiased and shocked at the uprising. If you dig back further, you will also find that she recently had a similar viral bombardment of people fighting to stop male circumcision attack her page. She has been on the receiving end, and I trust she empathizes. However, you can only be so civil with immaturity before it becomes annoying.

  • Heather Moore

    I should clarify; sensationalism at the hands of the bloggers united, or whatever the heck is going on. :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    Your points are all valid. Sadly, however, the naysayers have dug their heels in and are not about to let this rope go any time soon.

  • http://twitter.com/callmebecks Rebecca A. Weston

    I might agree with you if she didn’t have a history of kicking up trouble with people who write negative reviews, as noted in the article above.

    As for cutting up the book, she didn’t cut it up because she disliked it. She bought a heavily beat-up used copy of the book for a craft project before she even read it – then happened to read it and dislike it. And then proceeded with the craft project. I don’t see anything wrong with that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    And, as was not noted in the article above – *sighs* – she reposts EVERYTHING.
    The original post said absolutely nothing about the fact that the book was old. She only mentioned that well after the flame war started.

  • http://twitter.com/callmebecks Rebecca A. Weston

    Sure – it’s a free country. I just don’t think it was the most professional move.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    In what way was it unprofessional? I would prefer her to be verbal and interactive than silent and faceless. And regardless, professionalism aside, is it fair to direct this much hatred towards her?

  • Pillamelai

    I don’t think you understand what integrity means. Hint: it has little to do with one’s literary works’ quality.

  • Heather Moore

    I find it irrelevant what state the book was in. There was motive in the article for including that bit of info. The article could have stood well without that added piece of disrespect. Then a later added edit to clarify the initial point. Miss Articulate seemed fairly articulate to me, so I find it hard to believe she accidentally forgot to clarify that in the beginning. It added a sort of dramatic flair, and she liked it that way. That simple decision is the crux of this whole debacle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    Gosh. Thank you so very much for that condescension. I learn something new every day. Thank goodness I have you to teach me all these big, confusing words ><

  • http://twitter.com/callmebecks Rebecca A. Weston

    I’m not hating on her – I don’t even know her. I just don’t agree with what she did. And I don’t think it was the smartest move professionally.

    On a side note: I think at this point, it’s obvious that our opinions of what Rice did in this instance vary greatly. :-) In which case, let’s save the Internet a little extra negativity and call it a case of “agree to disagree.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    “Grow up and take it…” The same could have been said for the bloggers who continue to fan the flames of this minor incident.

  • http://twitter.com/callmebecks Rebecca A. Weston

    I bet she’d be the only blogger on the Internet to ever do something just for dramatic flair – if, in fact, that was the case. :-)

    Look, I took her article one way; you took it another. Just different point of views, unfortunately.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    Fair enough, I guess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    I concur, Rebecca. Thank you for being civil :)

  • http://twitter.com/sarasakana Sara Sakana

    Oh honey, after all the smug, smarmy, melodramatic posturing you’ve done all over this article you have no room to be lecturing ANYONE about condescension.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    Smug and smarmy? I’ve been nothing but polite. Forgive me for responding to sarcasm with more sarcasm. Sadly, it seems to be a new thing – that people cannot simply respond to a request for elaboration. My comments will come across as smarmy if everyone refuses to respond. Then they simply hang in the wind.
    My apologies for how you feel, but so far, this article is not indicative of Anne Rice fans being rude, but quite the opposite.

  • Heather Moore

    I, luckily, am one who can disagree agreeably. :) I would lke to add though, I might have came to a different conclusion if I hadn’t followed this thing from the start, and also, having been a “fan” of Anne’s FB page for some time now, I was able to pick up the “vibe” of the page. IF Anne Rice instigated this thing, it would have set a precedence—at least on her own FB page. The whole bit about her previously having done this on an Amazon review…I cannot comment on that. I am completely in the dark on it, and if a link was given, would be more than willing to read it and contemplate the arguments made regarding that. :)

  • Ayan Lang

    This reminds me of a vintage (analog, even) Anne Rice dust-up. Back in the 90s, Al Copeland (of Popeye’s and Copeland’s Restaurant fame) bought an old building in New Orleans and converted it to a restaurant. As Copeland’s design aesthetic would blind a glitter-bedecked flamingo at fifty paces, there was good-natured media panning of the tacky ambiance … until Anne Rice stepped in. Taking out a full-page ad in the Times-Picayune, she lambasted Copeland for desecrating a historic building that she loved so much she’d immortalized it in The Vampire Lestrade, calling his restaurant an abomination. Copeland responded with a two-page ad which stated his intent to sue Ms. Rice for libel and defamation, claimed he’d added much-needed jobs, and added that if she loved that building so much, she should have bought it herself rather than leaving it to rot. Anne did not come out the better for that incident, as 1) only Mr. Copeland had run his ad through a copy editor and 2) every restaurant in the district promptly rolled out a new specialitie du maison called “Red Beans Anne Rice.”

    Oh, found the original! http://www.journalfen.net/community/fandom_wank/1132356.html?thread=169342532#t169342532

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    You are one of the more polite and sociable people commenting here.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I’m going to comment on her blog…I wonder what sort of reaction I’ll receive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    It would all depend on how you comment. But either way, looking at the tone of things, someone will try and shout you down.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t she the one who’s told her readers not to do fanfic of her work, and siccing the hounds on those who do?

    What an interesting relationship she has with her fandom. Do as I say, enjoy no fun that is not of my creating, and dissension with be met with great vengeance and furious anger.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    Well, when one of us is attacked because an author can’t take a bit of criticism despite being published for nigh-on three decades (right?), I think we will naturally band together and say it’s not on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    What’s not on? What is it exactly that you think she did? She reposts everything, not just the negatives. I’m a blogger. And I’m not banding into this little group. It’s disheartening to me that people can behave this way.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    She might not have asked directly, but she still pointed out that review.

    It’s considered pretty much improper for authors to really have much to do with reviews of their books unless they’re factually incorrect. Why? Because authors have fans. Fans are, stereotypically, a bunch of mindless, reactionary nutcases who are looking for a fight. If they’re not fighting against criticisms of their chosen subject, they’re fighting amongst themselves over said subject. When an author with a following as big as Ms Rice points out a bad review (and one in which the reviewer commits the perceived sin of destroying a copy), then the bunch of little cretins descend upon said review(er) like a plague of locusts.

    So by highlighting this review – and I don’t know exactly what Ms Rice said – she opened the reviewer up to a bunch of knee-jerk reactionary thugs who have nothing better to do with their time than wish death, disease and misfortune on somone who did nothing but express an opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    What’s not on? Well, having much to do with reviews if you’re an author, really. Especially if you have a wide group of fans. And when you factor in Ms Rice’s previous behaviour, it’s hard not to fault her for this.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    After careful deliberation, I decided to be obnoxious. Between this and the Comics Alliance thing, I’m feeling particularly passive aggressive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    So you’re calling her a bully because she is reposting comments and sending viewers to the sites of bloggers? Maybe I’m crazy, but it feels extreme.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    On the blog? Good for you. Or not. I’m afraid to take sides now. It’s like putting your hand in a tiger’s cage.

  • Heather Moore

    I try to be fair in all things. However,I am not beyond knowing that not all things are fair. This whole mess is a let down. And I’m not even an AVID fan of Anne Rice. I appreciate your comments, as well. :)

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Well, on her Facebook page. I could repost on her blog but I’d have to log in and it’s a bit of a hassle just now.

  • Anonymous

    Took a looksie on that blggers page and DAMN that got pretty ugly, pretty fast! Kina douchey thing to do Anne, but I guess thats one way to get some attention since your books aren’t as popular as they used to be. I’m curious as to how Rice came upon the blog herself.

  • Anonymous

    Anne? Is that you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    Classy.

  • Anonymous

    I think the answer is “the readers,” or in some cases, “the editor of the publication.” I mean, those are the real gatekeepers. With a reviewer disagreeing with the author (particularly in the age of the Amazon review!), it could just mean it wasn’t the right sort of book for that reader. And that’s powerful information, too. It’s still inappropriate for the author to step in it.

  • Anonymous

    Sadly, however, regardless of Anne Rice’s intention to link this blog post on her Facebook page, the result is what it is; that some of her fans went to the post and harassed the author.

  • Anonymous

    ” Anne Rice never posted the link, as a way of fueling any internet lynch mob.”
    Intention is not magical.

  • Anonymous

    Or, you do not agree with the way she acted; I’m hoping that’s what you meant. Please stop with the ablist languge (ie “nuts”, which is similar to “crazy” which is a great way to not empathize and cast people into the Other status).

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know about changing her story. But “responding to trolls” is a victim blaming tactic; only the person in that situation can possibly know what’s best for them when they’re being harassed. Not to mention, (and this is key, here) however they react is valid. I also don’t get the “all around made a fuss out of absolutely nothing,” Well, human beings react to things (between positively and negatively) for reasons. I feel that phrase is yet another way to Otherize someone, rather then empathize.

  • Anonymous

    While, to an extent, human beings need a type of “armor” to go through life, to be able to cope with the bad as well as the good, the “grow up and take it” I do not agree with. Anne Rice reacted the way she did; it was valid. It also had consequences, regardless of her intentions. The only thing I would encourage to her is to think about the consequences, to respond instead of react.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    Oh, of course, that is my intention – to undermine the ‘humanness’ of the author of the review, by victimising her… Kind of like everyone is now doing with Anne Rice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    Then why blame her if she is blameless?

  • Anonymous

    Bully? Not sure, but it’s great you put it in a form of a question, as only Kathryn can confirm or deny it. Again, regardless of the intention of Anne Rice by posting reviews to her Facebook page, the result is some of her fans going there to harass the author. That’s not okay.
    Also, not fond of the ablist language (ie crazy). It would be great if you could find another word to use. I understand that it’s hard, since society gives us all these exclusive words to hurt the marginalized. Myself, I prefer “silly”; still fits.

  • Anonymous

    And that’s why those stores and thrift stores RAWK!!

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    Pardon my language but Anne Rice has been a bitter bullying c**t for years. This angers me, but it doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.

  • Anonymous

    Do you mean Anne Rice or Kayleigh Herbertson? Only Anne Rice has the Facebook page (that I’m aware of, anyway).

  • Anonymous

    Hmm, no, I’m not stating that. I’m saying Anne Rice is responsible for the consequences of her actions; she posted a link, invited her fans to comment, and they harassed. Yes, the people who harassed are responsible for what they did. But who directed them there? And the responsibility of directing them there falls on Anne Rice.

  • Anonymous

    I used to be the greatest Anne Rice fan when I was 13-14 (= ten years ago), no greater vampire tales have ever been written, imo, so this is particularly disappointing to read. That’s a ridiculous attitude on both Rice’s and her fans’ part, though not entirely unexpected: Rice is known to be constantly communicating with her readers, which, in turn, are know (part of them, at least) for their “cult mentality”, if you allow me this slight exaggeration.

    I’m not clicking on the links because I like to avoid reading negative opinions on my favorite things so that I don’t end up engaged in internet wars, but did she, the reviewer, tagged Rice, and that’s how the latter found it? Because if that’s the case, that’s also incredibly rude and disrespectful, though it doesn’t justify this behavior, of course. Unless there were threats, a call for boycott or something like that in the review, which doesn’t seem to be the case either.

  • Anonymous

    Well, technically, even her vampire novels are deeply christian; I seem to recall Lestat wants to become a saint in one of them?

  • Ayan Lang

    I would guess that Rice has some kind of web crawler set up to automatically return search results on key terms “review” and “[book titles].” The blogger didn’t do anything but publish a blog post, as far as I can tell.

  • http://www.commonplacebook.com electrasteph

    This is a fairly compelling argument for turning on comment moderation when you run a personal website. Larger blogs can usually handle this sort of thing gracefully, but on an individual level it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ga-Whitehead/1525435900 Ga Whitehead

    Anne, Just post links and says what do you think? I have never seen here control the discussion or bully anyone. The only bully I see is you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1040683755 Steve Gray

    what absolute total rot

  • http://www.facebook.com/Meshadek D Jason Adams

    Anne did not invite anyone to attack anyone. She asked us for feedback and comments. She shares both positive and negative reviews just about every day. This is nothing new or out of the ordinary.

    Honestly, if you blog a review, do you not expect it to be consumed by people on the internet, and then have no response? It is idiotic to think that you can post whatever you like on the internet and be safely removed from any negative reaction. Especially when you say yucky things about someone that iconic and celebrated by a huge fanbase.

    Anne always demands that we are respectful and civil, but she’s not our mother (unless you’re Christopher) or our censor. She has been known to remove terribly vulgar or obscene, or even brutally hateful comments, but for the most part, these conversations are between fans by the fans and for the fans with a little Anne here and there.

    Anybody who puts words out in to the universe and doesn’t expect them to sometimes come back and bite them in the ass is rather naive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710117952 Angela Kay Shipp

    You should get your facts straight. She did not ask her fans to attack, as always in any of her Facebook post she always asks for opinions and her fans give her that, they say what they think. Nice job on perpetuating drama…Mary Sue who????

  • http://www.facebook.com/vladdy.rabinowitz Vladdy Saaid Rabinowitz

    She never incited or invited her followers to trash the blogger, she only shared the link. She has very passionate fans.

  • http://twitter.com/Tele_Marigold Tele

    Ms Rice is not a bully. She does not tell anyone to comment on anything. She posts links to good or bad reviews and leaves people to make their own judgement. She also puts forward many thought provoking articles from across America on a variety of subjects.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GovernmentSecrets Christopher Thomas

    This is hogwash. Is an author expected to maintain a stiff upper lip in the face of any and all criticism, no matter how ridiculous or outsized? Authors are people too and have the right to address criticisms or vexation with their detractors. She saw a review – publicly posted on the internet – and shared her confusion about the severity of the review with her fanbase. I don’t see what is wrong with that. I do agree that no author should sic their fanbase on a critic because the internet goes overboard, but Anne cannot be held culpable because some of her fans go too far.

  • Anonymous

    I’m an avid Anne follower, and I can say for sure that she spends hours and hours of the day on the internet, and I’m sure one of her interests are looking for reviews. Facebook doesn’t actually let you tag pages, anyway, since the pages would get flooded.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Meshadek D Jason Adams

    Anne’s post was thus: “Punishing Pandora And A Surprising Opinion on Anne Rice” by Miss Articulate is a review by some one who loathed the book so much she cut it to pieces. Comments most welcome.

    This is not a call to arms, this is not a request to go attack a blogger. This is an author asking for feedback after a negative review. Anne posts reviews frequently, both good and bad, and always welcomes comments. Miss Articulate just got sensitive because Anne’s fans responded. Fans do that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/clay.poupart Clay Andrew Poupart

    You completely misrepresented what Anne Rice did and said re: the review in your article Anyone who follows her social media knows that she routinely post links to reviews, articles, etc of various points of view, and that she encourages open, civil discussion. She can also take criticism as well as dish it out, which is more than can be said for many bloggers, forum posters, fans, critics, authors, etc. The suggestion that she “sic’d” her fans on anyone is ludicrous, unfair, inaccurate, and insulting. Ms. Rice invites comments on any number of subjects, never encourages rude or abusive behavior, and is not responsible for the actions of anonymous internet trolls. This piece is, with respect, little more than an unwarranted hatchet job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Meshadek D Jason Adams

    Anne’s post was thus: “Punishing Pandora And A Surprising Opinion on Anne Rice” by Miss Articulate is a review by some one who loathed the book so much she cut it to pieces. Comments most welcome.

    This is not a call to arms, this is not a request to go attack a blogger. This is an author asking for feedback from her fans after a negative review. Anne posts reviews frequently, both good and bad, and always welcomes comments. Miss Articulate just got sensitive because Anne’s fans responded. Fans do that.

    If you write and publish, expect response. You’re not in a bubble. You’re not immune to public scrutiny. This blogger attack against Anne as a bully is ridiculous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Meshadek D Jason Adams

    Where is the call to arms? Where is the attack?

    “Punishing Pandora And A Surprising Opinion on Anne Rice” by Miss Articulate is a review by some one who loathed the book so much she cut it to pieces. Comments most welcome.”

  • http://twitter.com/Tele_Marigold Tele

    See my comment above. Anne Rice has done nothing wrong. ‘Miss Articulate’ bought a second hand book to use it for a craft item and then decided to write a rather scathing review of it, in which she states that Anne Rice’s books should be numbered and the readers advised they are part of a series. As a frequent reader of Anne Rice’s material myself I’ve had no problem reading the books out of sequence unlike Miss Articulate. Perhaps she needs to spend less time destroying books and more time reading.

    Calling someone names on a social media site is bullying and we all know that bullies suffer from low self esteem and are frequently of low intelligence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Meshadek D Jason Adams

    Someone cried wolf and all the shepherds came running with their hooks and blades.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimber.tank Kimber Tank

    In point of fact that is not what happened at all. I’m a fan of Anne Rice. I have ‘liked’ her page on Facebook. What she posts, when she posts a review, especially a bad review, is “Please keep comments respectful”. ALWAYS. Definitely in this case. I know, because I read the review, and commented on Anne’s FB page. That some fans decided to attack the blogger speaks to the immaturity of those isolated fans. NOT to the character or integrity of Anne Rice herself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Meshadek D Jason Adams

    It is exactly what these bloggers are doing and they called her a bully for it… Pots and kettles…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1607435943 Zira Michelle Brinton

    It’s beyond forgiveness to ask your fans what they thought of a review? Ms. Rice does this will all sorts of reviews, from great ones, to slanderous ones, to mediocre ones. She doesn’t bully anyone, and the ONLY bully here, is this friend of the reviewer who thought she would try to harm Ms. Rice’s reputation by continuing the same type of shameful, bullying nonsense that the original reviewer had. Friends tend to have similar tendencies.

  • John Fontana

    Such manufactured rage. I would be thrilled and honored if such a famous author invited discussion about something I wrote. As far as nasty comments go, that is the fault of individuals, and, very unfortunately appear under any item that allows comments on the web, be it Youtube, any blog, news article or Facebook page. That is what is disgraceful, not the fact that Ms. Rice invited discussion – that part should be considered an honor. Also, every blog – including this one – has the capability of disabling comments for any article, it literally takes one mouse-click to accomplish this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1044845097 Rainrodrea Libro

    if you follow Ann Rice, you would know she shares all sorts of reviews with her readers and not only ones regarding her books, but other writers… as well as other topics. This chick needs to get over herself. When you put yourself out in the WORLD WIDE WEB… you have to roll punches.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amanda.miller.927980 Amanda Miller

    You can’t put something out on the internet for all to see and expect everyone one to be oh so nice and sweet. Anne Rice leaves links on her page all the time to both positive and negative reviews of her works, she never says “go and attack them” she often tells everyone to be civil. I have tried to read her new novel The Wolf Gift several times and could not get into it, it seems quit slow and boring to me. I found the same of The Mummy, so I can understand someone picking up a novel of hers and not find it enjoyable. I still don’t see how some rude person with no manners attacking someones review on one of her novels her fault, just because she left a link on her page?? Well if someone comes across this article of yours who did not know that Anne Rice ran her own personal facebook page, and then goes on there and cusses her out does that mean we can blame you personally? Because they wouldn’t have found out about it without you leaving this article? Why not leave the responsibility of the rude comments on those who made them, not on those who left a link on their page? Or wrote a criticizing blog post shall we?

  • codywarlock

    You don’t mess with “the queen of Facebook”. Just sayin…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/erinrose7 Erin Hoolihan

    Being someone who has Anne Rice pop up on her news feed often, she’s not the problem. You assume that she doesn’t put reviews up of her own books to discuss, which she does regularly. On a daily basis she puts up articles for discussion and rarely gives her opinion unless it’s an equality/religion issue. She’s not the problem, her fans are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bamka Kate Jett

    Playing devil’s advocate here because–let’s face it–Anne Rice has quite a bit more clout and visibility than the average creator, but is it not fair to have someone critique a work, and receive a response from the creator for that critique? If I were to make a delicious recipe that I got tons of fame and money for creating and sharing with the masses, and then someone posted a review saying that it was a terrible recipe, am I not allowed to respond? In this case, Anne Rice herself didn’t respond directly, and merely shared this opinion with the masses–something the blogger by posting online was doing anyway.

    Convoluted metaphor and “what-ifs” aside, I guess what I’m saying is that Ms. Rice has a right to acknowledge criticism about her work, just as the critic has a right to critique. If it were my own work, I would want to engage with the blog poster as well. I’d say it’s a far cry from inappropriate. The fans were perhaps inappropriate, but their wrath is the risk one faces when posting opinions on someone else’s work for the entire world to see. Welcome to the internet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Meshadek D Jason Adams

    Only inasmuch as the author of the blog is responsible for the consequences of her own actions. She wrote a nasty review. People do it all the time. The author author of the original work asked for feedback from her fans on her fan-oriented facebook page regarding a scathing review. This is not out of line or out of the ordinary.

    The problem here is that the bloggers feet they should be protected from the consequences of their own actions and that Anne should be eviscerated for allowing people to read their reviews.

    If this were the only review Anne shared with us, there may be substance to the rant, but Anne shares reviews, both positive and negative, with her fans every day.

  • http://twitter.com/Tehlanna13 The Tree

    This is a pretty pathetic attempt to place blame where no blame existed. It’s well known that Anne Rice links reviews to her fanbase on Facebook in an attempt to stir conversation. If you’d actually read the post in question, you would have known that. Instead, you decided to get up on some kind of White Knight quest and poo poo Rice for doing… absolutely nothing wrong. Please, step back before you hurt yourself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Meshadek D Jason Adams

    She points out just about every review that comes across her desk, both good and bad. She didn’t highlight anything. And this is the original post she made: “‘Punishing Pandora And A Surprising Opinion on Anne Rice’ by Miss Articulate is a review by some one who loathed the book so much she cut it to pieces. Comments most welcome.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=638655722 Michael Lambert

    If someone takes my car for a joy ride and wraps it around a tree, it’s not MY fault for leaving the keys in the ignition… sometimes ‘responsibility’ actually has to be owned by the individual and not deflected.
    The fault is that of the people that made the comments, and theirs alone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1131864054 Amber DeJong

    The fact of the matter is, a blogger wrote a nasty disrespectful blog and then put it on the internet and it was seen by anne who I imagine had no clue how many followers she had, who can know anymore really, and shared it with her followers as she does on a nearly daily bases with both positive and negative reviews. What I see now is a continued distortion of the situation. Congratulations you’re attacking a 71 year old woman for not liking when a little brat spits in her face.

  • Steel Indigo

    I don’t even have to read this. This is NOT what happened at all. She posted the review. Asked for a discussion in Facebook and nowhere else. She didn’t ask for anyone to make any comments but some of us did because we didn’t agree with the review. It wasn’t a professional review it was a personal attack on Anne Rice. It was uncalled for and very rude. Most of us could care less what she did with her own paperback but to insinuate she was a bad writer after reading on book and none of the others is overstepping a review. She had the right to her opinion but so did everyone else. Not all came from FB by the way. Some were regular readers and others were from Twitter that heard about the review as well and wanted to see what this lady wrote. Seems to me that you who wrote this article jumped on the attention bandwagon and are trying to cash in on what happened from a one-sided point of view. Never once did Anne Rice sic anyone on her or ask anyone to make comments on her blog. It was so scathing and nothing but a low bashing for whatever purpose I don’t know. Maybe notoriety and attention and she surely got that. I like some of Anne Rices’ books but when I read the posted supposed review I was disgusted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.stephenson Jon Stephenson

    It is unfortunate that you have chosen to characterize Anne Rice in the manner you have. As someone who has been a fan of hers for sometime, and as someone who follows her Facebook page with enthusiasm, I have to say that you have completely misrepresented her. It saddens me to see so many comments by people who say that they won’t read her books after reading this article. For those that feel this way, let me just say that I would recommend going to Anne’s Facebook page and finding out for yourself what she is really like. She is someone welcomes criticism of her work and regularly posts both positive and negative reviews on her page. She provides a forum for civil discussion, not just on her books, but on important issues that go far beyond literature, such as LGBT rights. Anne Rice is someone who I respect as a writer as a human being. I hope those of you who have a negative opinion of her based on this article to find out about the person she is for yourselves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Nyx.Myst Tina Mistalski

    Actually, that’s inaccurate. Anne Rice posts links to all sorts of discussions on her Facebook page. She always says that comments are welcome and to be polite and respectful… on her Facebook page. Anyone that choose to take their comments out of Facebook is not Anne Rice’s responsibility.

    In reference to the review, please note that the reviewer has now completely changed her story to make herself look better because she’s received a negative response. The reviewer originally wrote that she bought the book to read it, never mentioned it being used, went on to say that she cut the book up with a scapel because she hated the book so much, that she used the pages to make objects out of the pages, and went so far as to post pictures of the objects she made. Why is the reviewer’s disrespect of Mrs. Rice’s work acceptable yet the backlash she received is not? Like all reviewers, bloggers, etc. she wanted attention for her post. She got it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bamka Kate Jett

    Well, setting aside that “good” and “religious” aren’t one in the same–I remember her being on the Colbert Report ( http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/411885/april-05-2012/anne-rice ) and talking a bit about her relationship with Catholicism. As Daniel Reasor said, she pretty much just got over it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Meshadek D Jason Adams

    She posts dozens of reviews and asks that we remain civil and respectful while we comment to her about our opinions and impressions.

    It would be helpful if you had a clue about what or of whom you speak before you stick your keyboard in your mouth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708545181 Lee Stone

    Umm, you shouldn’t post things to the internet, not to mention allow commentary, if you can’t handle people critiquing it. Anne Rice asked her page for comments with the presumption of improving her craft. If you ask me, the “wah wah poor blogger” should be exceedingly grateful for all the traffic and attention she has garnered.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708545181 Lee Stone

    She didn’t get angry.. Obviously folks here lack an ability to conduct due diligence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Meshadek D Jason Adams

    Anne posts reviews to her fans constantly on FB, both positive and negative. If you scroll through her history you will see dozens. She’s not our mother or censor, though, and is not responsible for what her fans do out in the bloggersphere… If you can’t handle criticism, either polite or nasty criticism, you shouldn’t put your thoughts out there in the first place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.macphereson Michael MacPhereson

    Yeah, I think I’ll have to disagree with you as I have seen Ann Rice post many, many reviews of her books… negative and good. You have no proof of any malice or intent to “sic” fans on the reviewer. Saying this is actually slander. At the end of the day, I read the article, I didn’t quite agree… but I didn’t disagree completely with it. And I didn’t comment afterwords. However, idiots will be idiots. They will open their mouths even when they’re in the wrong. That goes for the loudest fan Ann Rice has… to the blogger/journalist that has no proof of any kind that decides to write a story about it anyway. It’s all the same, people being mean… for the sake of being mean.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Meshadek D Jason Adams

    If she singled out this blogger, you might have a point, but Anne shares reviews every day, both good and bad, and this one just happened to hit a nerve on the other end when people responded.

  • Anonymous

    Kathyrn, your analysis of the situation is very myopic and condemning of people who are Anne Rice fans. Are you a fan of anything in specific? I’m just curious, why are you insinuating that Anne Rice fans, in particular are like “locust.” I happen to have many other fandoms, thank you very much!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/debby.berg Debby Berg

    Look here folks, there are a lot of Anne Rice fans. She doesn’t “sic” them on anyone. If they wish to take exception to a bad review, then that is their personal business. The assholes here are the people who think that their opinions go out to nobody but fans who agree with them. So get a grip. I am a fan of several authors and I take exception to bad reviews of their work on occasion. I rarely go to the trouble of making commentary on other people’s barely familiar opinions. If this blogger (and I have NOT read either this article nor the review) thinks that they will only get positive reactions from their work then they are seriously misjudging the power of the written word. I have no opinion about the blogger. But I do think that the commentary here is over the top and not taking personal responsibility for the power of their own words.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708545181 Lee Stone

    Totally agree!

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    I think you misunderstood the review and anne’s intentions. She posts good reviews and bad ones constantly to get even more feedback from her readers,

  • Anonymous

    Also, I am not a cretin either. Moreover, I happened to defend the blogger on my blog, and offered a much more moderate viewpoint.
    I am not going to call fans of this page, cretins, because I happen to understand that most people are complex, including the original blogger that I happened to enjoy reading.
    Check out my blog post, then judge:
    http://fantastyfreak.blogspot.com/
    Sincerely,
    A Cretin and locust of the highest order (as you so eloquently and categorically described a huge chunk of people as)

  • http://www.facebook.com/debby.berg Debby Berg

    P.S.-I liked Pandora and all the Vampire autobiographies. I told her so. I did not participate in any attack and neither did anyone I know who is also on her FB fan page.

  • Steel Indigo

    Can you read what people are telling you? She did not sic anyone on this person. She does this all the time, her reviews good or bad and other writers and articles of interests that have nothing to do with writing at all. The fans were disgusted by the way this lady did the review. It wasn’t so much she didn’t like the book or that she used it for her crafts it was a gloating overblown personal attack on Anne. This is why she got all the comments. Many have read other reviews that were negative and said nothing at all, but this one was really a bottom feeder type of review. She doesn’t know Ms. Rice personally and hasn’t read her books really and what she said made people angry. The lady apologized and I believe most stop posting. The fans have just as much a right to review or respond to what she said that was clearly out of line. She had a comment section and if she doesn’t want that to happen…remove it. She can literally insult Anne and yet she doesn’t like it when people comment on what “she” wrote and the quality of it. Everyone posted on their own and they were not told to do anything but come back and have a discussion with HER period. Many chose to do other than that. Too bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ksanchezayala Karina Sanchez Ayala

    Any bloggers, tweets, Facebook status updates, posts going onto a public forums are putting themselves in the open for either criticism or praises. If the blogger’s skin is so thin perhaps said blogger should consider writing in a private journal so as to not bring attention to themselves…. just saying

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasmine.maitland Jasmine Maitland

    Anne Rice didn’t tell people to slam the reviewer, she asked for comments.
    She has said in the past, while posting bad reviews to get comments, that she likes to read the bad reviews so she can find out what people DIDNT like and possibly adapt as a writer.
    I myself read Pandora as the first of the Vampire chronicles, (for the record, the other books are listed in the front of the book) My copy actually says right on the cover that it’s a “Vampire chronicles novel” I had no issues with understanding the story even without having read all the others, I still don’t know what order you’re “supposed” to read them in.
    Regardless, Anne Rice isn’t a bully in this situation, some people get very defensive when someone insults their favourite author and can say some very colourful things. At no point did Anne Rice say “Find this woman and lynch her!”
    This post is pretty sad and basically says to me “A friend of mine didn’t like this book and cut it to pieces, the author asked for the opinions of her fans on the review and the reviewer didn’t like that her review was hated by the fans of the author, so now I’m writing a blog post so everyone can see the drama that came of this.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/aemilius.resurrection AEmilius Resurrection

    This is preposterous beyond words. A masterpiece of victimization, if anything. Mrs. Rice always posts all sorts of reviews on her page. And as a writer she has a special interests in the negative ones. I think reviews matter, as long as they’re a form of constructive input. Even, or ‘specially’, the negative ones have to be taken into consideration to figure out what didn’t quite work for audiences and critics. Never in my life have I seen Mrs. Rice resorting to her fans to ‘defend’ her against these reviewers or anything of the sort. I guess it unavoidably and even ‘naturally’ happens sometimes with fans, but holding her responsible for it is ridiculous. She always encourages discussion of these matters ON HER PAGE, never sets fans up or acts as if they were her minions.

  • Ayan Lang

    *chinfist*

    Interesting point of view from a blogger who just wrote an entire new blog post dedicated to this kerfluffle and then linked back to it on Rice’s FB page. Don’t sprain your wrist fanning those flames, honey.

    I’m sorry you “have no patience left for bloggers that think the internet belongs to them,” but in point of fact, the correct ownership ratio of Internet:Bloggers is… one to one. Everyone gets one equal slice of Internet. It’s kind of magical that way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Andrew-Walton/100002085933282 Robert Andrew Walton

    you know what. this whole article is ignorant. ok, first off, Anne Rice posts all reviews she finds of her work, even if it is not a good one. she has NEVER made any comments of her own saying anything of the sort, “inviting” us to do anything. in fact, if anything at all, she embraces the opinions of the reviewer who did not enjoy her book. now, your article here must have been ignorant of both Anne Rice’s fan-base she posts these reviews to, as well as any comments she might have made, when in fact im on that thread and she did make comments and they were quite embracing of others opinions. so please, before you straight bash on an artist of that caliber, please, please, do a little more work. oh and p.s- if you like i can copy and paste the ENTIRE thread of all EVERYONES comments from that post of the review, or even just all of hers.

  • AuntBea

    She never called for anyone to go after the blogger, she politely asked for peoples opinions, something she does all the time. You who have jumped into the bully ring against her (Anne Rice), the writer of the article included, have failed in doing your homework and in that failing have been made the fool by accepting, as fact, what this writer has written. Some of you are as big a bully as the ones who bullied the blogger. If you had to say who you really were and show your true face would you say, with the same nastiness, what you have said here.

  • Guest

    here’s a letter FROM ANNE RICE herself, if this isn’t bullying, I don’t know what is.

    “Seldom do I really answer those who criticize my work. In fact, the entire development of my career has been fueled by my ability to ignore denigrating and trivializing criticism as I realize my dreams and my goals.

    However there is something compelling about Amazon’s willingness to publish just about anything, and the sheer outrageous stupidity of many things you’ve said here that actually touches my proletarian and Democratic soul.

    Also I use and enjoy Amazon and I do read the reviews of other people’s books in many fields. In sum, I believe in what happens here. And so, I speak.

    First off, let me say that this is addressed only to some of you, who have posted outrageously negative comments here, and not to all. You are interrogating this text from the wrong perspective. Indeed, you aren’t even reading it.

    You are projecting your own limitations on it. And you are giving a whole new meaning to the words “wide readership.” And you have strained my Dickensean principles to the max. I’m justifiably proud of being read by intellectual giants and waitresses in trailer parks,in fact, I love it, but who in the world are you?

    Now to the book. Allow me to point out: nowhere in this text are you told that this is the last of the chronicles, nowhere are you promised curtain calls or a finale, nowhere are you told there will be a wrap- up of all the earlier material.

    The text tells you exactly what to expect. And it warns you specifically that if you did not enjoy Memnoch the Devil, you may not enjoy this book. This book is by and about a hero whom many of you have already rejected. And he tells you that you are likely to reject him again. And this book is most certainly written — every word of it — by me.

    If and when I can’t write a book on my own, you’ll know about it. And no, I have no intention of allowing any editor ever to distort, cut, or otherwise mutilate sentences that I have edited and re-edited, and organized and polished myself.

    I fought a great battle to achieve a status where I did not have to put up with editors making demands on me, and I will never relinquish that status. For me, novel writing is a virtuoso performance. It is not a collaborative art.

    Back to the novel itself: the character who tells the tale is my Lestat. I was with him more closely than I have ever been in this novel; his voice was as powerful for me as I’ve ever heard it. I experienced break through after break through as I walked with him, moved with him, saw through his eyes.

    What I ask of Lestat, Lestat unfailingly gives. For me, three hunting scenes, two which take place in hotels — the lone woman waiting for the hit man, the slaughter at the pimp’s party — and the late night foray into the slums –stand with any similar scenes in all of the chronicles. They can be read aloud without a single hitch. Every word is in perfect place.

    The short chapter in which Lestat describes his love for Rowan Mayfair was for me a totally realized poem. There are other such scenes in this book. You don’t get all this? Fine.

    But I experienced an intimacy with the character in those scenes that shattered all prior restraints, and when one is writing one does have to continuously and courageously fight a destructive tendency to inhibition and restraint. Getting really close to the subject matter is the achievement of only great art.

    Now, if it doesn’t appeal to you, fine. You don’t enjoy it? Read somebody else.

    But your stupid arrogant assumptions about me and what I am doing are slander. And you have used this site as if it were a public urinal to publish falsehood and lies.

    I’ll never challenge your democratic freedom to do so, and yes, I’m answering you, but for what it’s worth, be assured of the utter contempt I feel for you, especially those of you who post anonymously (and perhaps repeatedly?) and how glad I am that this book is the last one in a series that has invited your hateful and ugly responses.

    Now, to return to the narrative in question: Lestat’s wanting to be a saint is a vision larded through and through with his characteristic vanity. It connects perfectly with his earlier ambitions to be an actor in Paris, a rock star in the modern age.

    If you can’t see that, you aren’t reading my work. In his conversation with the Pope he makes observations on the times which are in continuity with his observations on the late twentieth century in The Vampire Lestat, and in continuity with Marius’ observations in that book and later in Queen of the Damned. The state of the world has always been an important theme in the chronicles. Lestat’s comments matter. Every word he speaks is part of the achievement of this book.

    That Lestat renounced this saintly ambition within a matter of pages is plain enough for you to see. That he reverts to his old self is obvious, and that he intends to complete the tale of Blackwood Farm is also quite clear. There are many other themes and patterns in this work that I might mention — the interplay between St.Juan Diago and Lestat, the invisible creature who doesn’t “exist” in the eyes of the world is a case in point.

    There is also the theme of the snare of Blackwood Farm, the place where a human existence becomes so beguiling that Lestat relinquishes his power as if to a spell. The entire relationship between Lestat and Uncle Julien is carefully worked out.

    But I leave it to readers to discover how this complex and intricate novel establishes itself within a unique, if not unrivalled series of book. There are things to be said. And there is pleasure to be had. And readers will say wonderful things about Blood Canticle and they already are.

    There are readers out there and plenty of them who cherish the individuality of each of the chronicles which you so flippantly condemn. They can and do talk circles around you. And I am warmed by their response.

    Their letters, the papers they write in school, our face to face exchanges on the road — these things sustain me when I read the utter trash that you post. But I feel I have said enough.

    If this reaches one reader who is curious about my work and shocked by the ugly reviews here, I’ve served my goals.

    And Yo, you dude, the slang police! Lestat talks like I do. He always has and he always will. You really wouldn’t much like being around either one of us. And you don’t have to be.

    If any of you want to say anything about all this by all means Email me at Anneobrienrice@mac.com.

    And if you want your money back for the book, send it to 1239 First Street, New Orleans, La, 70130. I’m not a coward about my real name or where I live. And yes, the Chronicles are no more! Thank God!”

    ANNE

  • Lisa Vollrath

    “Comments most welcome.” is what Anne generally writes on every item she posts. She posts articles, images, and reviews for discussion on her FB page. She does not encourage people to post on the original items, but some people do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darkdragonweaver Dale Mulkey

    here is hoping you and trash like you grow up and decide to finally become adults. mrs rice sicked none on this pathetic cry baby. and your posters who are calling her names and acting like trash should be slapped. if you had brains and knew how to find her facebook page you could see for yourself exactly what she says for yourselves but your to lazy and would rather believe the lies from some waste of life that got her feelings hurt by being told the truth

  • http://www.facebook.com/darkdragonweaver Dale Mulkey

    maybe you should find out the truth before you resort to name calling you pathetic pile of trash. have you looked at her posts, have you bothered to see for yourself? no you take the word of a cry baby that cant stand recieving what she gives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beth.roth.3 Beth Roth

    Anne’s post was thus: “Punishing Pandora And A Surprising Opinion on Anne Rice” by Miss Articulate is a review by some one who loathed the book so much she cut it to pieces. Comments most welcome.

    This is not a call to arms, this is not a request to go attack a blogger. This is an author asking for feedback from her fans after a negative review. Anne posts reviews frequently, both good and bad, and always welcomes comments. Miss Articulate just got sensitive because Anne’s fans responded. Fans do that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darkdragonweaver Dale Mulkey

    your proof of the stupidity of lazy people. you didnt bother to look at ms. rices page or try for facts. you took the word of a spoiled little cry baby who cant stand feed back of her own. you are no better then this blogger crap pile

  • http://www.facebook.com/somethingmonstrous Dallas Elizabeth Laird-Gauthie

    I’m sorry, but not every fan is a cyber-thug with a mean streak. I resent being referred to as a cretin, and I’d appreciate you refraining from bad-mouthing perfectly decent people just because you’ve got a chip on your shoulder. Grow up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darkdragonweaver Dale Mulkey

    she doesnt need to be humanized, the pathetic little cry baby is upset because she is getting told what people think about her just like she did for mrs rice. if she cant stand the heat she should get out of the kitchen

  • http://www.facebook.com/darkdragonweaver Dale Mulkey

    nicole im glad your not going to read her books, as you have proven your inability to understand the english language it will be impossible for you to comprehind her books anyway. your inability to find the truth before posting your slander and stupidity show you have no right to be called an adult. you madam are pathetic

  • http://www.facebook.com/darkdragonweaver Dale Mulkey

    the author didnt attack this snivling little toad readers did. her crying proves she thinks she is better. she can say bad things about people but noone has the right to talk about her. she is a spoiled little pile of trash that should be forced to publicly apologize and be humiliated and made to never talk again

  • http://www.facebook.com/darkdragonweaver Dale Mulkey

    actually unless you are a mental midget there is no way you can blame ms rice for this period

  • http://www.facebook.com/darkdragonweaver Dale Mulkey

    poor little cry baby, go run to your mommy let her know you cant handle being in the real world but would rather do your lying in private

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    “Oh boohoo sweetie.”

    Oh yes, this adds to intelligent discourse and helps the overall problem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darkdragonweaver Dale Mulkey

    your to stupid for words, if you had a brain you could find her fb page and see exactly what she does, but your to stupid you would rather follow the cry babys and make yourself look like a fool

  • http://www.facebook.com/darkdragonweaver Dale Mulkey

    and here is another pitiful little excuse for an adult that has no clue about reality or fact. try again

  • http://www.facebook.com/darkdragonweaver Dale Mulkey

    its perfect since kayleigh herself is nothing but a spoiled little brat that cant accept bad comments. if she cant deal with real life maybe she shouldnt be a blogger

  • Ayan Lang

    Mikaela, how is your opinion that the review was “pathetic drivel” more valid or worthy of sharing than the reviewer’s opinion that Pandora was awful?

    “do we NOT have a RIGHT to our opinion ???”

    Hath not a Blogger eyes? Hath not a Blogger hands, organs,
    dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with
    the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject
    to the same diseases, heal’d by the same means,
    warm’d and cool’d by the same winter and summer
    as an Anne Rice fan is?

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheRealOdaus Andrew Stuart
  • http://www.facebook.com/TheRealOdaus Andrew Stuart

    Incoming wave of fans. =)

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, this review was completely warranted, given people wrote degrading comments about her husband’s recent death as something to blame for the quality of the book. To me, that was the true bullying at that time.

  • http://twitter.com/MikeBrendan MikeBrendan

    In my mind, if Anne Rice were to truly act professionally about this blog review, she wouldn’t have said anything. Responding to any reviews with more than a “thank you,” or “sorry you didn’t like it” — if even at all — comes across reactionary, thin skinned and unprofessional.

  • http://www.facebook.com/janelle.thomas.75 Janelle Thomas

    Kathryn you just sunk to the same level as the people you are criticising. You lumped all fans together as “stereotypically, a bunch of mindless, reactionary nutcases who are looking for a fight”. Are you not a fan yourself of anything? If you are a fan of something or someone you also belong in that bunch. Those are your words.
    You admit that you don’t even know what Anne Rice wrote yet you seem to feel perfectly entitled to write your own knee-jerk reaction and call people you don’t even know names.
    The fans who wrote nasty things did that of their own accord and they alone are responsible for their actions.
    I am a huge fan of Anne yet I did not feel the need to write anything negative on Miss Articulates blog. I am perfectly capable of thinking for myself and I have never seen Anne ask anybody to attack anyone on her behalf. I am sure she can take care of herself.
    Why do you feel the need to attack people and call them names?
    Have you not just done the exact same thing you are complaining about?

  • http://www.facebook.com/karina.burana.9 Karina Burana

    As I undestood it, this isn’t the first time she “encouraged her fans to have a look at a bad review”. And apparently, this isn’t the first time her fans descended on the reviewer in question. And as people whoa are sctually fans of Rice have pointed out in the blog’s comments, Rice doesn’t call fans who behave like that out, even if other fans ask her to do so. That is implied approvel.
    For me it looks like a handy way of bullying someone while at the same time washing one’s hands in innocence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karina.burana.9 Karina Burana

    I see: Blogger buys a copy of an Anne Rice book that’s on its last leg for the purpose of découpage, but decides to read it first. Book’s terrible so she reviews it and places the pictures for the finished art project (you know, the reason she bought that 20 pence copy that was falling apart in the first place), jokingly linking the processing of the book to how much she didn’t like the content.

    And she did that in the full knowledge that the author would post a link to her blog boosting page hits. (Okay, given the reputation of Rice to fly off the handle for negative reviews and the joy she seems to get from googling herself that gambit might actually work. Hmmm.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/karina.burana.9 Karina Burana

    (Continued)
    But let’s get to the part that pisses me off as someone who adores books as physical items in their own right: It’s her property, and if she wants to cut it apart or even burn it, that’s none of your business. Not every single book is some sacred entity. It wasn’t the last of its kind, it wasn’t of any historical value and its not somebody’s religious script.

    As someone who lives in a country where books WERE systematically burned as a tool of oppression and to annihilate the cultural impact of Jews and critics of the system (yes, I mean Germany) I have trouble expressing how much this simplistic kindergarten view on book burning makes me rage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SynthPhyle Brian Pollard

    See, what screws up your defense of Ann Rice is that Miss Articulate ISN’T A REVIEWER. She wrote a blog about how she decided to go ahead and read a book that was already close to falling apart that she bought with the INTENT of turning it into an art project in the first place. She happened to point out a large number of flaws in ms Rice’s writing style that many of us have noticed before. So she didn’t like the book, and wrote about it. So what? She doesn’t review books for a living, so what purpose was there in ms Rice linking Miss Articulate’s blog other than inciting her fans into an attack? Especially considering her snide little comment about a ‘spirited discussion?’ Ann Rice was being a bully by proxy, and doing it in such a way as to keep her hands clean. Not cool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SynthPhyle Brian Pollard

    Maybe we’d give your defense a bit more credence is Miss Articulate was a professional reviewer… but she isn’t. She just wrote a blog about an art project that turned into a ‘book review.’ Ann Rice essentially sicced her fans on someone who has no professional interest in her. It wasn’t a review site. It wasn’t Amazon. In this instance, Ann Rice has jumped the shark in a BIG WAY. Blogs. Are. Not. Reviews. Unless, of course, said blogger actually makes a living writing reviews, and Miss Articulate obviously does NOT. And Ann Rice, no matter how horrible an author she is, is smart enough to know that difference.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SynthPhyle Brian Pollard

    The girl bought the book with the intent of turning it into a craft
    project in the outset. Her ‘cutting it to pieces’ had NOTHING to do with
    the fact that she didn’t like the book. And Ann Rice KNEW that when she
    shared the link.

    Miss Articulate is NOT a professional reviewer, and I’m sure that Ann Rice KNEW that, as well. Is Ann Rice so sensitive to the slightest whisper against her that she’s compelled to be a bully by proxy?

  • duchess

    What personal attack? I saw a critique of Anne’s writing, nothing more. I didn’t see anything on the blog that was a personal attack, i.e. an attack on her character, her morality, her personality, her ethics, her person, or her family or property and possessions. I really think people need to understand what “personal attack” really means. Disagreeing is not a personal attack; neither is not liking a particular book or writing style. The blogger’s comments indicate she was open to real discussion as she did engage in discussion with some about the sequence of the books in the series for example; the vitriol and personal attacks against her were unwarranted.

  • http://twitter.com/whichwritewitch sabrina Price

    When you post anything to the internet you open yourself to anyone and everyone seeing it. I’m sure the girl will now see an upswing in her blog readers. So she wins in the end as Anne would know. Anne Rice puts up so many reviews on her facebook why is this one being made news? Because the blogger I’m sure used it as publicity. Welcome to America the land of no bad press.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SynthPhyle Brian Pollard

    And you weren’t paying attention, if you even READ the original blog. She didn’t cut up the book BECAUSE she didn’t like it: She bought a worn-out, almost-falling-apart copy with the express intent of turning it into an art project BEFORE she read it. What would YOU rather somebody do with a book that’s falling apart? Throw it in the trash, or turn it into something long-lasting?

  • duchess

    I would imagine Anne knows precisely how many followers she has, given that even I can see that on her page. As of my comment here, she has 740,392 followers on her Facebook page. That doesn’t even take into account the number of non-followers who will see the post because a one of their Facebook friends comments on it or shares it. Who’s distorting the situation? Seems to me like you are attempting distortion of your own by trying to downplay Anne’s knowledge of her own Facebook account statistics and by bringing her age into it. She’s not a frail old woman who’s being picked on; she can more than handle her own as she’s proven many times before when critiqued.

  • Laura W

    Disrespectful? Making art with a book destined for the trash is disrespectful? In what universe?

    This is disrespectful? http://www.themarysue.com/jodi-harvey-brown-book-sculpture/#0

    This? http://thisiscentralstation.com/featured/mysterious-paper-sculptures/

    This? http://www.offbeatearth.com/dont-like-reading-other-uses-for-books/

    In the immortal words of Inigo Montoya, “I do not think it means what you think it means.”

    Books get thrown out all the time. They wear out, or they become obsolete, or there just isn’t room for them in a collection. Giving them new life as something beautiful seems very respectful to me.

  • http://www.according2robyn.blogspot.com/ According2Robyn

    Shorter Anne Rice swarm:

    “Don’t blame Anne for siccing us on Miss Articulate! She didn’t do that. We made the decision to be insufferable assholes ALL ON OUR OWN.”

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Ah, then I’ve done all I planned to do (by posting on Rice’s page and being ignored).

  • http://twitter.com/dgyoung3 Don Young

    She links to nearly everything she finds about her books, good or bad. And, always asks for comments. FACEBOOK comments. This terrible piece of writing neglects to mention that fact.

  • Renee I.

    I participated in the discussions on Anne’s fan page and I’ll say the same thing here. I originally found her actions to be an innocent albeit naive by product of soliciting feedback. She has over 700,000 fans and asking them to all be polite to a small time blogger is blatantly unrealistic. I wanted to believe the best of Anne. I said, well she has a point and you should consider it. However, through the course of discussion some of her comments made me honestly question her intentions. She very much started throwing around comments like “nobody comes to that author’s defense” and “authors have no right to respond” . I am not her and will never know her true intentions, but I at least wonder if she was in fact trying to give this little blogger a taste of the vitriol she has felt she’s received over time while hiding behind some “well I asked them to be nice” disclaimer. I think she needs to learn from this experience and stick with people on her power level or the bullying analogies will not be unfair.

  • http://twitter.com/onomatopoetry onomatopoetry

    Jeez, did the crazy fans come here too? It’s surprising that Rice still has fans, considering everything she has written since Queen of the Damned has been sup-bar, but that’s not the point. OF COURSE she sicced her mislead fans on the poor blogger. She knew exactly what she did, she’s done it before (a few years ago, on amazon), and even if it wasn’t on purpose, an author with her relative fan numbers AND her history should damn well know better than to even take the risk of having this happen to a singular blogger. Rice has shown a frighetning lack of common sense when dealing with the internet, and should be ignored.

  • http://twitter.com/moxiesix Moxie Six

    “Don’t sprain your wrist fanning those flames, honey.” This is fabulous! Thanks for calling the poster on her hypocrisy.

  • http://twitter.com/moxiesix Moxie Six

    While Rice never directly requested any of her Facebook followers respond uncivilly to Miss Articulate’s post, she publicly condoned their vehement response when she thanked them for the “spirited discussion” and her hope that “Miss Articulate is pleased with the numbers who have discovered her blog.”

    One can only maintain plausible deniability if one does not publicly applaud the outcome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mel.perryluce Mel Perry-Luce

    Brian, Miss Articulate reviewed a book on the internet with the express purpose of others reading her opinions on the book. If she didn’t want others seeing and responding to what she wrote, putting it on the internet was clearly not a good move. As far as Miss Rice inviting comments on Miss Articulate’s review of the book, the mere fact it was on the internet invites comments. She just gave it a bigger audience. Inviting comments and discussion is not bullying. If it was, teaching students would be considered bullying. Did people decide to be bullies, yes. You will get that anywhere on the internet though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mel.perryluce Mel Perry-Luce

    This is the first time I’ve seen this website. I was excited when I first found it, but I will be leaving never to return. I abhor blogs like this that distort and ignore the truth. I implore you Miss Polo, in the future please try to actually do a little research before posting such rubbish. Maybe the next woman who finds your page won’t be utterly disgusted with your deliberately provocative and misleading stories.

  • http://twitter.com/JuliaErrens JuliaErrens

    IMHO, if you’re going to vehemently shut down fanfiction of your works as uninformed dross, you don’t get to parade your online army around from the comfort of the vanity room inside your fortress of darkness whenever it suits your petty ego. What an absolute pit of a person that woman is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    You should read the rest of the comments on this page. Anne posts reviews both good and bad all the time and wants to get extra feedback from the fans on the page. A few people have posted her exact wording when she shared the review.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    Most of the people criticizing Anne are not even on her page and have no clue what was said and done.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    Actually she added the intent to destroy after Anne posted the link.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    She posts good reviews and bad reviews… constantly. I’ve seen her become very friendly with someone who wrote a bad review. All she ever asks for is feedback and for everyone to be polite.
    “”Punishing Pandora And A Surprising Opinion on Anne Rice” by Miss Articulate is a review by some one who loathed the book so much she cut it to pieces. Comments most welcome.”

    here is another one, I just scanned the comments and found no attacks…

    “Good Morning, People of the Page. This strangely negative article on “Interview with the Vampire” by Josef Hernandez drifted in this morning. Comments on the article most welcome.”
    http://www.examiner.com/review/interview-with-the-vampire-by-anne-rice

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    She didn’t attack or ask for an attack on this blogger. Regardless of her religious beliefs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    I agree, I posted a very civil response to this blogger and encouraged her to give anne a third go. She said she would. This really wasn’t the drama mine field certain people have made it into.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    She posts good reviews and bad reviews… constantly. I’ve seen her become very friendly with someone who wrote a bad review. All she ever asks for is feedback and for everyone to be polite.
    “”Punishing Pandora And A Surprising Opinion on Anne Rice” by Miss Articulate is a review by some one who loathed the book so much she cut it to pieces. Comments most welcome.”

    here is another one, I just scanned the comments and found no attacks…

    “Good Morning, People of the Page. This strangely negative article on “Interview with the Vampire” by Josef Hernandez drifted in this morning. Comments on the article most welcome.”
    http://www.examiner.com/review...

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    She posts good reviews and bad reviews… constantly. I’ve seen her become very friendly with someone who wrote a bad review. All she ever asks for is feedback and for everyone to be polite.
    “”Punishing Pandora And A Surprising Opinion on Anne Rice” by Miss Articulate is a review by some one who loathed the book so much she cut it to pieces. Comments most welcome.”

    here is another one, I just scanned the comments and found no attacks…
    “Good Morning, People of the Page. This strangely negative article on “Interview with the Vampire” by Josef Hernandez drifted in this morning. Comments on the article most welcome.”
    http://www.examiner.com/review...
    Also a lot of the responses to this blogger, including mine, were more than civil, and guess where I found the link (her page). I encouraged her to have another go at Anne’s books and she said she’d go for it. Anyone who’s famous has fans from all walks of life. From angels to aceholes. She can’t stop some bad eggs from leaving their own bad reviews to someone else.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    I’m pretty sure she added the intent to destroy after she received the comments on her blog.
    And she may not be a paid reviewer, but she reviewed and on the internet for all to see.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    No one takes the time to research! lol.. If they did they’d see your point perfectly!

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    Erica, you should look into what really happened.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    Anne was also “open to real discussion”… that is the only thing she requested when posting the link to the blog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    No one can control their fanbase. There are angels and devils everywhere, a lot of the comments to this blooger were perfectly civil.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    I saw that she changed her story as well. Funny.

  • Maggie O’Connell

    Actually, Miss Articulate was suprisingly polite dealing with the trolls.

  • sioushi

    This is an insightful comment. Anne Rice *is* responsible for the comments of her fans because they’re taking place *on the public forum provided by Anne Rice* in response to *a link provided by Anne Rice*. (I’m not even referring to comments left on the actual blogger’s page; I mean the Facebook threads are unacceptable too.) Letting the more outrageous and unhinged commentators whip each other up into greater and greater froth without moderating the comments, or calling out specific commentators who crossed the line, implies she’s okay with it. She is happy to be publicly represented by fans who call this blogger a deranged Nazi and wish her herpes, death, and trolling. If she weren’t, she would have issued a statement to that effect.

    The only reviews Anne Rice has any business responding to are those in the New York Review of Books or Publishers Weekly. This is a lone reader’s opinion. She has(d) 100 followers; Anne Rice has 750K. It’s like President Obama singling out a high school kid who wrote a paper criticizing his presidency.

  • duchess

    But in her Facebook thread, she did nothing to suggest she had an issue when the name-calling and personal attacks against the blogger occurred both on her own Facebook page and on the blog itself.

  • Anonymous

    “shocked at the uprising”
    “I’m shocked, SHOCKED to discover that GAMBLING is being run in this establishment!”

  • http://twitter.com/All4Av Avalon

    I thought the “reviewer” bought the book with the intention of cutting it up, but decided to read it instead and then cut it up? So cutting the book up wasn’t a reaction to her opinion on the book, but the original purpose all along?

  • http://twitter.com/All4Av Avalon

    You can’t control your fanbase, but you can tell them off or praise them. If Miss Rice had rebuked the fans who got aggressive/insulting and praised the ones that were polite, maybe she wouldn’t look like such a bully. But instead, she praised the “heated discussion”, which definitely gives the
    wrong idea.

  • Lee ;-)

    She started her initial review by saying ‘Last night, I took a craft knife to Anne Rice’s Pandora and I took out every page. I was left with the gutted remains of the cover itself and threw that away. It’s the first time I have ever desecrated a book in such a way and I can’t deny that it wasn’t made all the more enjoyable by how much I really and truly loathed that book.’ Never once during the entire review did she state that the book was purchased solely for tor a craft project and her reading/reviewing was secondary! it was only after she received criticism that she added an edit which stated she bought the book for craft purposes first and foremost. which in my opinion is backtracking! My opinion has and always will be – That if you are prepared to criticize then be prepared to be criticized in return.

  • Lee ;-)

    Guest your a fool, only someone guilty would feel bullied by the telling off!

  • Lee ;-)

    So if you were an artist and painted a picture that someone looked at and then destroyed, and then gloated about that destruction… you would not call that a personal attack!! really!!

  • Lee ;-)

    Rubbish. If you read Anne’s Facebook page you will see that Anne encourages discussion and has on many occasions asked people to be polite and fair. She posts many things – book reviews, gay rights issues, child cruelty issues, political issues and most importantly Human Rights Issues. How many bully’s do you know that are concerned with Human Rights? and she does this all under her own name and not some faceless geographical avatar which is more likely the person(s) who are buly’s because at the end of the day bully’s are cowards that don’t put their name to the acts they commit..

  • Lee ;-)

    Thae86 – why are you commenting if you don’t know the facts?? seriously?? she wrote a review, people criticized her review and then she changed her story by adding an Edit! and cried I am the victim! but why I bother to explain when you can’t be bothered to check your facts I don’t know!

  • Lee ;-)

    Did you actually read the review?? I ask this because you and many people are under the impression that she bought the book for a craft project!! on the initial review she never mentions a craft project her opening comment is ‘Last night, I took a craft knife to Anne Rice’s Pandora and I took out every page. I was left with the gutted remains of the cover itself and threw that away. It’s the first time I have ever desecrated a book in such a way and I can’t deny that it wasn’t made all the more enjoyable by how much I really and truly loathed that book.’ she also closed her article with the comments ‘ I also get the feeling that Pandora depends on the other vampire novels that surround it to give it substance. There are endless references in the opening chapter about what’s been happening in the vampire world, which never really seem to matter to Pandora’s own story so they don’t seem relevant. Perhaps Anne Rice felt she didn’t want to go over common themes that she’d visited in previous vampire stories but it certainly makes this one the weaker for it. There’s no substance to the relationship between the characters or the world around them and when the book ended, I didn’t care what would happen to them after.
    And that’s why I took a scalpel to my copy of Anne Rice’s Pandora and started making decopatch with it instead!’

    It was only after she was criticised that she added an edit stating the craft project was the real reason she had the book!! convenient?

    If you are prepared to criticise someone or something then you should in turn be prepared to be criticised!

    Oh and always check your facts!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1462777535 Deb Knight

    Is Anne Rice even relevant anymore?

  • duchess

    No I wouldn’t. My work is an inanimate object. If someone destroyed one copy out of millions, fine. Mass-produced books have a finite lifetime anyway and any author of Anne’s stature would surely realize that. But your analogy is a bit wrong. Anne didn’t claim it was a personal attack; someone who is unaffiliated with her or the book claimed that. Critiquing a work or destroying an old, worn copy of that work isn’t a personal attack. Perhaps read the blogger’s post to see some really personal attacks against her character, vicious and spiteful name-calling, and wishing that she’d contract a venereal disease. That’s personal attack that has nothing to do with critiquing her review. THAT’S what I meant by personal attack.

  • http://mangabotblog3000.popanime.net/ Brand

    Still, seems like an insane shit storm reaction to some random blogger’s review.

  • Anonymous

    …I sense sarcasm.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly.

  • Anonymous

    “I guess it unavoidably and even ‘naturally’ happens sometimes with fans, but holding her responsible for it is ridiculous.”
    Why?

  • Anonymous

    No, do not agree with that word, which is misogynistic. You don’t like her; great.

  • Anonymous

    Mind if I ask what the summary of your post was? :p I’m interested if you’ve been ignored.

  • Anonymous

    Um, you should be able to speak and exist without harassment. Linking this to “this is the way the internet works” or some other apathic hand-waving is quite tiresome, to say the least.

    And no, I can’t think of harassment ever being a good thing. Then again, I do not know this blogger personally.

  • Anonymous

    Criticism and/or praises is different then harassment. The harassment is what I take issue with. Whether or not this blogger’s “skin is so thin”, I don’t know. I do not know her personally; though I do find it interesting that you and (what I assume) a few other Rice fans on here are jumping to that conclusion. Can you mind read?

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Oh, it was purely antagonistic. I wrote “Waah, someone didn’t like my book, I’ll cry into my bed sheets made out of money and tell my fans about it so that they can bully someone with an opinion.” Got two likes and not much else. It’s fine, I don’t particularly care if I get any attention from it, I was just curious if the backlash would have been immediate and venomous. I’m wondering how she found that review.

    Most of the comments are outrageous. She’s been compared to the Nazis for destroying a book, for example, and someone said they were glad the Mona Lisa was protected so that she couldn’t destroy that as well. I wish I could shock people via the Internet.

  • Anonymous

    “Actually, that’s inaccurate. Anne Rice posts links to all sorts of discussions on her Facebook page.”

    That’s not the point; I’m not sure why this is constantly brought up (as I have seen by scrolling through the new comments).

    “Anyone that choose to take their comments out of Facebook is not Anne Rice’s responsibility.”

    Wrong. Any person who has a fan base inevitably has more power in their words then the average person. When they suggest something, regardless of their intention, there are consequences to it.
    I’m not interested in what the reviewer was thinking/feeling when they posted and/or changed their post. You and other fans feel it’s disrespectful to cut up a book; I can see that. If someone I knew cut up a book of Stephen King’s I would be a bit upset. Bottom line though; all I care about is the harassment, which I don’t believe would’ve happened on the scale that it did, had Mrs. Rice not suggested it and linked it on her Facebook page.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, they are. You know what they’re not responsible for? When they are harassed because of their words; that is NOT acceptable. Bullying, abusing, harassment, stalking, these things are never justified (I’m not saying Rice fans have been doing that; I honestly don’t know, since I’m not the blogger in question).

    “The problem here is that the bloggers feet they should be protected from the consequences of their own actions and that Anne should be eviscerated for allowing people to read their reviews.”
    I do believe you are missing the mark. The “problem” (which shouldn’t be a problem, but we live in a garbage culture that likes to hand-wave any excuse for harassment) is that someone posted their opinion with the idea that they wouldn’t be harassed for it. That SHOULD be the norm.

  • Anonymous

    “She posts dozens of reviews and asks that we remain civil and respectful while we comment to her about our opinions and impressions.”

    Again, intention…not being magical.

    “It would be helpful if you had a clue about what or of whom you speak before you stick your keyboard in your mouth.”
    Ditto. More then welcome to ask me what I mean by this, rather then your dirty fighting technique.

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    i don’t like the word either actually, but the word in and of itself is not misogynist. Use of it can be. I know several other women who use it flippantly to describe their bits. I personally dislike the word because it sounds mean-spirited and ugly, and thus I reserve using it for mean-spirited people.

  • Anonymous

    “Welcome to the internet.”
    The internet is a tool; nothing more or less. The ones who choose to harass are responsibile for their actions. Phrases like this try to dismiss that responsibility.

  • Anonymous

    “Miss Articulate just got sensitive because Anne’s fans responded. Fans do that.”

    Fans responded, and some were bullies who harassed. They are responsible for their actions; harassment should never be tolerated. THAT is the issue here.

  • Anonymous

    ” If she didn’t want others seeing and responding to what she wrote, putting it on the internet was clearly not a good move.”

    Some of the fans that responded to what Mrs. Rice posted went and harassed the blogger in question. I doubt it’s that she couldn’t handle critiques of her own critique; the harassment is the issue here. And regardless of what you’re a fan of, that is not okay.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, so she just wanted to open up discussion on her own page? Does she state so somewhere? Also, I’m confused why she would post personal information of the blogger (and link back to her blog and piece).
    (I know it’s hard to convey in text, so I hope I don’t sound sarcastic, because I really am asking)

  • Anonymous

    “Honestly, if you blog a review, do you not expect it to be consumed by people on the internet, and then have no response? It is idiotic to think that you can post whatever you like on the internet and be safely removed from any negative reaction. Especially when you say yucky things about someone that iconic and celebrated by a huge fanbase.”
    There is never a good reason for harassment. Period.

  • Anonymous

    “When you put yourself out in the WORLD WIDE WEB… you have to roll punches.”
    Nope.

  • Anonymous

    Is this another Us vs. Them type situation? I’m confused. Personally I like to comment where it’s more inclusive; I believe The Mary Sue fits that bill (my personal experience, and privilege, I’m sure).

  • Anonymous

    Oh goodness.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for asking, though I gather you are assuming a breakdown in communication. I’m commenting because I don’t agree with how some of the fans responded on this blogger’s page. They harassed her; that’s not justified. Ever. Wishing herpes on someone (really?) is terrible. (Also disappears people who do have herpes and are struggling with it) It IS a fact that there was harassment. So yes, I would say the blogger is a victim of that.

    (Also looking at the blog page, lots of gendered slurs aimed at the blogger; that’s always nice /sarcasm)

    (Edit to add) What is cool though, is I’m seeing Anne Rice fans respond on her blog and apologizing for the bullies. Rawk on.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    But she can. She’s not some new person on the scene. She’s fully aware of what fandoms can do. She needs to be careful with what she shows to her fans and what she just takes a step back from. And this is a case of stepping back.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    Um. Firstly, I don’t believe I’ve called anyone a name. I have made a point. Generally speaking – and this behaviour is all too easy to find – you have groups of fans who violently react to any criticism of what they like. This is not name calling, this is not slander, this is publicly verifiable fact.

    Secondly, I haven’t seen what Anne Rice wrote because:
    a) I don’t use Facebook
    b) I have absolutely no interest in Rice, her work or the genre she writes in
    c) Why do I need to, to comment on the events that have happened?

    What Anne Rice said is, truly, rather irrelevant. She brought this review – and craft project – to the attention of her fans. Whether she willingly and knowingly did so to encourage a negative reaction or whether it’s an accidental by-product is another thing entirely. She’s been at this game too long to claim ignorance over how fandoms react.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    That is not what I said. Fans come in all shapes and sizes, as well as all moods and inflammabilities. You have fans who constructively engage with each other, and those who will violently attack (mostly textually) those who criticise what they like.

    Have you not seen YouTube comments lately? That place alone is full to the brim of people like that.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    By posting that review in a public place, she highlighted it.

    And your quote proves, pretty much, that Rice did misrepresent the review (and craft project) straight from the off.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    I have not insinuated anything of the sort.

    In most fandoms you have a group of mindless, violent, aggressive bullies who will loudly attack those who criticise the topic they have chosen to like or the polar opposite.

    Not all fans are like that, certainly. I’m not like that, I doubt you’re like that, or even most of TMS’ visitors are like that. But you cannot deny on any reasonable level that people like that do not exist.

    And if you do deny that, I invite you to go read some YouTube comments on popular videos.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    If you weren’t abusive to the reviewer then, no, you’re not one of the “mindless stereotypical nutcases”.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    But you can distance yourself from the fanbase, or at least the most vitriolic aspects.

    After such a public display of negativity that has worked its way back to Anne Rice, the very least she should and could do is distance herself from the behaviour of the fans.

  • http://www.teamugli.com/ Jericho McCune

    “Maybe the next woman who finds your page won’t be utterly disgusted with your deliberately provocative and misleading stories.”

    I’ve not known The Mary Sue to be provocative and misleading. They certainly aren’t on this count. Fortunately, I don’t think their fanbase will suffer from the loss of you.

  • Anonymous

    What possible reason is there for a best selling author to post links to small time bloggers expressing their personal opinion about a book she’s written!? That is only done by someone so insecure she wishes to use her fans as bullies to make herself feel better. No self respecting author would do that!!

  • http://twitter.com/Tele_Marigold Tele

    Miss Articulate write a REVIEW of the book regardless of whatever reason she bought the book for. You cannot get away from that fact and that in doing so she became a reviewer. She then chose to put her review on the internet making it open for debate over her opinion to anyone who sees it.

  • duchess

    Again, the “attack” was on Anne’s literary work, her writing style, and a mass-produced copy of that work the blogger had purchased (therefore it was the blogger’s possession/property, not Anne’s). It was not an attack on Anne as a person and was no where near as vile as the backlash the blogger experienced for expressing her dislike of the book. If Anne feels it was a personal attack as an artist/creator of the work, then your analogy is more appropriate. But my comment was in response to a third-party (Steel Indigo) claiming it was personal attack. This third party is not affiliated with Anne on a personal level (to my knowledge) and not responsible for that piece of literature being produced, so the assertion that this review and subsequent use of the pages was a personal attack and an affront to literature is presumptuous on Steel Indigo’s part.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    4 dislikes? I read her article when Anne Rice posted it and it did not say she went to the store to get a book to make a craft out of it. She decided to make a craft after she read it. She changed her story after the Anne Rice army.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    They’re not going to listen anyway. Everyone is too stubborn these days. Besides every post I see that she makes, she is always asking everyone to be polite and to behave. lol

  • duchess

    Bullies come in all forms and aren’t limited in their range of topics. Look at both sides of any human rights issue and you will find bullies on EITHER side. And before you point out my lack of avatar, yes I have no avatar. That doesn’t automatically negate what I’ve said; and just because you have a picture (one that I don’t know for a fact is you) doesn’t make your point valid. The message is what counts, not the avatar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    Exactly Lee! She didn’t say she bought the to destroy it until after the reaction from Anne fans. I read her original post as well. You are totally right and I am glad I am not the only one on here that read her original blog, before she changed her whole story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    Why would someone “dislike” that… it’s true! I read the original blog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    Actually Rebecca, I’ve read other negative reviews posted online that Anne links to and I have not seen the attacking on these other posts. I’m sure they are out there, but how can she be responsible for other people’s reactions? Yesterday I posted a link here to another negative review Anne posted and there was no attack on this person that I could see.
    She as always asks for comments (feedback) and for everyone to remain polite. She did not know that people were going to attack this blogger. And I think it is not right to assume that a writer or other artist should have control over their fanbase. I’ll say again she never told anyone to attack. I read the original post of Anne’s and the original article that miss artic. posted (before she changed it). There was no call to arms.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    In the original article she never stated that she bought the book for the specific intention of using it for crafting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1040683755 Steve Gray
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amanda-Pike/1147648549 Amanda Pike

    Hi, Dale! I saw your hateful comments on the Pandora review and that blog that talked about the Pandora review. Funny that your name always comes up in the Rice-fan lynch mob! To quote a South Park episode “We must be dealing with someone who has… No life at all.”

  • Ava Peterson

    Every opinion matters. THATS why she would post it. The negative reviews exist along with the positive. Posting that link opened up the conversation with her fans. Allowing them to express to Anne whether or not they felt the same as the blogs author and discuss it together

  • http://www.facebook.com/ParanormalAP Kathy Kelly

    Anne Rice is incredibly supportive of self publishing and blogging. If she only posted her positive reviews she would be slammed for that. Look, the truth is if you post a review, you might get attention from it. I don’t think AR tried to destroy anyone and she definitely gave her some PR. No biggie. You all are reading a whole lot into it and getting your panties twisted just because someone famous decided to use the internet the way you do every day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ParanormalAP Kathy Kelly

    wow..way to over react about an opinion piece on the internet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ParanormalAP Kathy Kelly

    Don’t you think calling something a “snide little comment” is adding your own interpretation? Whats the big deal?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ParanormalAP Kathy Kelly

    Yes, every day Anne Rice posts something and asks for comment and always asks that they stay respectful. She is on FB more than I am and its always the same “Check out this good/bad review, please be respectful”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ParanormalAP Kathy Kelly

    well said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ParanormalAP Kathy Kelly

    Anne Rice does not have a kennel of fans that she sends out for the express purpose of bullying. SOme people are assholes and act like assholes. The vast number did not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ParanormalAP Kathy Kelly

    No, that is your interpretation. I’m not saying it is wrong. I’m not saying it is right. I am just saying it is not substantiated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ParanormalAP Kathy Kelly

    I see nothing wrong with this. She responded. If you felt comfortable with what you wrote and you felt that it was an honest review, how could you have a problem with this? I think t is refreshing that an author responds to this kind of criticism, it shows that it matters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ParanormalAP Kathy Kelly

    So, because she didn’t say anything about the specific thing that bothered you she was responsible for it? Come on… this is a bullshit argument.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amanda-Pike/1147648549 Amanda Pike

    In all honesty I think most people would be lost to start in the middle of The Vampire Chronicles. Pandora mentions characters and events left very vague, like Lestat’s coma, Armand being alive, and even who David Talbot is, yet he’s the one collecting the story from Pandora. No, with any book series it’s always wise, that the first time you read them, it’s in order. To believe otherwise is arrogance or the necessity of those who could not get them in order to begin with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amanda-Pike/1147648549 Amanda Pike

    A painter only has one master copy. This woman didn’t destroy the only copy of Pandora in existence. She destroyed a battered copy, one of MILLIONS, that were printed in the same batch. I don’t condone destroying a book but do NOT compare destroying a MASS MARKET paper back, of which there are many, many other copies. to the destruction of a painting. HUGE difference.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amanda-Pike/1147648549 Amanda Pike

    Many forums punish you for “responding to trolling” but this isn’t a forum we’re talking about. We’re talking about her own blog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amanda-Pike/1147648549 Amanda Pike

    You claimed she changed her story. It’s hard to take seriously the reply of a liar.

  • http://twitter.com/ImpureTale ImpureTale

    Why is it that whenever Anne Rice pops up in the news anymore it’s because she’s had a psychotic meltdown over someone’s negative review of her trite works?

  • duchess

    Yes her review is online and up for debate. However, attacking her personally, name-calling, and wishing she contracts an STD is way beyond “debate”. As for “reviewer”, she is by no means a reviewer any more than any of us are if we blog or use Amazon or Yelp or other such reviewing sites. She’s not a professional and to hold her to some standard “form” of review is ludicrous, especially considering the format of her review came from her personal blog.

  • Lee ;-)

    feel free to miss the point! I have often noticed that people who feel the need to vilify others, often have blinkers on! and if I want to compare a painting with a book, I shall! Who are you to tell me what I can or cannot do?

  • duchess

    I don’t have an argument of any kind. I simply stated a FACT (that Anne didn’t say anything on that specific thread on her Facebook page about the personal attacks on the blogger)…THEN I moved on to clarifying my original comment further for Lynette. I’m not trying to argue anything about Anne at all. So call bullshit all you want.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Sica3820 Jessica Marrie Clifton

    I did not read the original review and the link no longer seems available. I do, however follow Anne’s Facebook page. Let me tell you what I have learned. She is the only celebrity who interacts with her fans regularly in my opinion. She asks opinions on a variety of topics including tv shows and favorite movies. Before her last book about werewolves came out she asked for opinions about them as well. She uses her page as a direct dial in to her audience. Is it really so far fetched that she would want that same sort of feedback from reviews and that maybe this is why she reads the layman reviews? Just a thought.

  • duchess

    Your point is that an artist feels a connection to her work, that their work is an “extension” of herself. Yes, we get that. My point is a third-party (Steel Indigo and other commenters who claim it was a personal attack) cannot make that distinction for the artist. The artist herself is the only one who knows if she feels that way. I know many artists that don’t feel that way, so the idea that it’s an extension of self and therefore a personal attack isn’t universal to all artists. To claim otherwise is foolishly presumptuous and arrogant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    Heather, love your posts :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    Brian, she added that after the fact. It was not a part of the original tale. I believe she said she decided to rip it up after she read it and decided it was no good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    Lee! I love that you have this all copied! I need to repost it for those who didn’t even know how this began. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/celticlady2628 Lynnette Benni

    Thank you Lee for copying some of the original text.
    =people are under the impression that she bought the book for a craft project!! on the initial review she never mentions a craft project her opening comment is ‘Last night, I took a craft knife to Anne Rice’s Pandora and I took out every page. I was left with the gutted remains of the cover itself and threw that away. It’s the first time I have ever desecrated a book in such a way and I can’t deny that it wasn’t made all the more enjoyable by how much I really and truly loathed that book.’ she also closed her article with the comments ‘ I also get the feeling that Pandora depends on the other vampire novels that surround it to give it substance. There are endless references in the opening chapter about what’s been happening in the vampire world, which never really seem to matter to Pandora’s own story so they don’t seem relevant. Perhaps Anne Rice felt she didn’t want to go over common themes that she’d visited in previous vampire stories but it certainly makes this one the weaker for it. There’s no substance to the relationship between the characters or the world around them and when the book ended, I didn’t care what would happen to them after.
    And that’s why I took a scalpel to my copy of Anne Rice’s Pandora and started making decopatch with it instead!’

    It was only after she was criticised that she added an edit stating the craft project was the real reason she had the book!! convenient?=

  • http://twitter.com/drbathroom1 drbathroom

    Why would she even bother posting bad reviews from bloggers(people that are not even paid for their opinion and have a pretty small audience). Why in the world would she not expect rude comments towards the blogger? One disclaimer isn’t going to do shit. Maybe she just doesn’t understand the internet? Secondly, why can’t people just accept that maybe there’s people out there that can’t stand
    Rice’s style of writing no matter what book it is? And just guessing by the size of comments in this section, was this post shared on some sort of Rice site?(only half joking about that)

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    A liar, really?

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    Your sarcasm is touching, really. So, what you are saying is that those that feel offended may comment on what is occurring, but those that feel offended on the opposing point may not?

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    And hypocrisy. Once again, I feel the need to point out that disrespect is not coming from just one side here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.taxer Carmen Dominique Taxer

    You sensed quite well ;)

  • duchess

    Anne Rice is not the ONLY celebrity to interact with her fans. Many celebrities have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram accounts and interact with fans on a daily basis. For example George Takei has (as of this comment) 4,026,210 followers on Facebook (in comparison to Anne’s 740,898 followers) and he STILL takes time to respond to comments regularly. He also will respond to any vitriol or controversy and will acknowledge his own fallibility in what he posts. For you to state your so-called “opinion” about Anne being the ONLY celebrity to interact with her fans is just downright false and is an attempt to exalt her to some sort of higher status for no reason other than idol worship.

  • duchess

    Not speaking for Ayan, but what I understand from her comment is that you criticize “bloggers” for continuing to post about this issue for their own personal agendas, all the while keeping the controversy alive. That is EXACTLY what you are doing as well. No one is saying you can’t comment. All I see Ayan saying is that you seem to lack self-awareness and the irony of your own comment is lost on you.

  • http://discord-inc.tumblr.com/ James Fletcher

    Well that explains some of the more irrational and repetive comments.

  • Anonymous

    So the “please be respectful” and linking the piece kinda sounds to me like “go and comment here”. Intended or not, it’s hard not to take it either way.

  • Anonymous

    “Anne Rice does not have a kennel of fans that she sends out for the express purpose of bullying.”
    I don’t believe she did, either. Intent, however, is not magical. Here’s another: “With great power comes great responsibility” If you are a well-known public figure, you’re going to have a bigger and well placed soap-box for people to hear you. You have a responsibility with how you interact with your fans.
    I agree that some were assholes (which is why I’ve also been stating this whole time that “some” were. I’ve also seen fans comment on the blogger’s piece and apologize for the assholes; I think that’s awesome). The assholes are also responsible for what they posted. However, I believe Anne Rice, since she has a more powerful voice then the average person, has a responsibility too (see above, etc).

  • Anonymous

    (I tried posting, but not sure if it went through or not. Sorry if I double post)
    Are you suggesting that harassment is acceptable?

  • 00000

    Never reading anything by Ann Rice. Don’t care if the books are good or not, but I will not support such a childish person’s temper tantrums.

  • http://twitter.com/sephirothii Daniel E. Jacobs

    as a part time writer and most time fan I know people are going either like my work or not and I am going to be the same way… I write and hope those that like, do so, and those that don’t at least come with open minds. when they say something some about a character or a part of a story that I go… “yah I can see that” I grow, and those that are going to hate I don’t worry about… but I am not going to HATE people that don’t like my work even they just don’t like it. they say it written well or but it doesn’t work for them or whatever. I am not going to send people after them or be pissed off. you can’t do that. The world is full of different people with different taste. I don’t like hunger games, it isn’t a bad book I just didn’t like it… there are books I love that others can’t stand. it just how the world flows.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helen-Grubb/30114692 Helen Grubb

    Meh, I agree with the blogger about her work

  • http://www.facebook.com/janelle.thomas.75 Janelle Thomas

    Kathryn you did call people names, these are your words from your above post:

    1. Fans are, stereotypically, a bunch of mindless, reactionary “nutcases”.
    2. the bunch of little “cretins”
    3. a bunch of knee-jerk reactionary “thugs”

    Before you comment on events that happened you should look into it first so you can see both sides of the story, that way you can make a fully informed opinion. How can you expect to be taken seriously if you don’t know the full story?

    Miss Articulate has a blog, she posts her opinion on the internet expecting it to be read by people world wide. In doing so she opened herself up for public opinion both good and bad and from what I’ve seen she is handling it very well. She may not of expected it to be re-posted by a famous author but it was and there was a reaction. That’s how the internet works.

    Since you seem to not of investigated this matter much were you aware that Miss Articulate tweeted “Anne Rice go to hell” and posted a link to the picture of her decoupage? She put that out there in the internet world herself and then deleted it when the back lash started.

    Her own behaviour was not very nice. I do not condone the MINORITY of Annes’ fans that wrote nasty comments but I still believe your own comments were quite rude and insulting to people who are fans of anything.

    You also did not answer my question, are you a fan of anything? Do you belong in the same stereotypically, bunch of mindless, reactionary “nutcases” that you accused other fans of being in?

    Also where has Anne claimed ignorance? Can you please post a link to her saying this.

  • http://www.mycultlife.com My Cult Life

    Honestly, whoever wrote this article has no idea what really happened. This is silly. Anne never told anyone to comment. She shares reviews, good and bad, ALL the time.

  • http://twitter.com/Loerwyn Kathryn

    And if you actually think about what I said, again, I did not say all fans of any subject are reactionary, violent, hair-trigger thugs waiting for someone smaller to jump upon. I said that there are people like that, enough to create a stereotype. If you don’t believe me, then go look at any large discussion forum based on a single topic, go look at the YouTube comments on a music/gaming video. There’s so much proof out there that people can and will act like that. But at no point have I ever said that everyone is like that.

    And as has been pointed out, Anne Rice has ~800k followers. So, by the powers of logic and sound reasoning, Anne Rice must have a number of violently defensive fans who will attack those who criticise or do anything ‘against’ Ms Rice. And the blog post in question proves this, again, to be true.

    As for where Anne has claimed ignorance? Well, one just needs to look at her behaviour in the past. And the fact she highlighted a craft project which involved the dismantling of one of her books, which is sure to elicit some outrage from some of her more devoted fans. After all, it’s not just a book that’s being cut apart, it’s one of Anne Rice’s books! Sin! Sacrilege! Heresy! And so on. So this person with 100 followers just got in the sights of someone commanding 800k. Whether you think Ms Rice can control her fans or not is irrelevant (note: she can’t, but she can put things in their line of sight).

    So when this all kicks off, and it did, it gets traced back to Anne Rice posting the link to the review, i.e. the door was open but Rice put the big neon sign on the doorway.

    And I’m a fan of things, yes. That has absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/janelle.thomas.75 Janelle Thomas

    Your words:
    “Fans are, stereotypically, a bunch of mindless, reactionary nutcases who are looking for a fight. If they’re not fighting against criticisms of their chosen subject, they’re fighting amongst themselves over said subject.”

    These are your words and this is what I took offence too and I wasn’t the only one. If you did not mean all fans then you should of said that. It looks like you are now back pedalling.

    When you called these “stereotypical fans” nutcases, cretins and thugs you became no better than the people you were criticising.

    Yes Anne Rice has hundreds of thousands of fans “So, by the powers of logic and sound reasoning” if a blogger posts a bad review of her work and tweets “Anne Rice go to hell” then it is naive to not expect a backlash from Anne Rice fans. Miss Articulates blog is public and anyone can read it. She made the choice to put her words out there, how can you expect people to not read it? Who cares who put up the neon sign, she wanted her opinion read and that is what happened. She is taking ownership for what she did, why are you having trouble with that?

    Would it have been different if another famous author posted the link to the review of Pandora on his FB page? The results might be very similar because chances are they share some of the same fans.

    Your words:
    “As for where Anne has claimed ignorance? Well, one just needs to look at her behaviour in the past.”

    Did YOU look into her past, properly? You previously admitted:

    “I haven’t seen what Anne Rice wrote because:
    a) I don’t use Facebook
    b) I have absolutely no interest in Rice, her work or the genre she writes in
    c) Why do I need to, to comment on the events that have happened?”

    Have you looked into her past now?

    If you had you would see that in one week alone Anne posted on her FB page the links to 5 reviews, positive and negative, on various books of hers. She also posted links to reviews, all positive, on four other authors. In one week!

    She didn’t just “highlight” Miss Articulates because it was also a craft project, it was just another review among many.

    And yes whether you are a fan of something or not does matter. It is the point I was trying to make when you said “Fans are, stereotypically, a bunch of mindless, reactionary nutcases”

  • Larry Kollar

    I’m an author, of course with nowhere near the fanbase of Anne Rice, but I have delusions of future grandeur. :-)

    I’ve had glowing 5* reviews, and 1* reviews that sting, and sometimes I’ve wondered if people read the same book I wrote (they might have an alternate-universe Kindle, like in Stephen King’s “UR”). I’ll link to some reviews I like on Twitter. The only reviews I feel comfortable responding directly to are those that ask “when is the next book coming out?” Those, I answer with “thanks,” a title, and expected release date. I’ll talk to just about anyone on Twitter, G+, or my own blog; those are designed for that.

    I do appreciate fans having my back, and there are a few. But things like this are the reason why I wouldn’t point them to negative or tepid review. Anne Rice is just inviting book bloggers to trash her work for the click-bait.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1131864054 Amber DeJong

    I was talking about the girl on the blog, not anne, I’m not stupid, obviously you can see how many likes anne has.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1131864054 Amber DeJong

    Also I think it’s bullshit the author of this doesn’t mention that she constantly posts both positive and negative reviews of her works for discussion.

  • duchess

    From your comment: “a blogger wrote a nasty disrespectful blog and then put it on the
    internet and IT WAS SEEN BY ANNE WHO I IMAGINE HAD NO CLUE HOW MANY FOLLOWERS SHE HAD”. The word ‘who’ refers directly back to Anne. Proper sentence structure and punctuation does make a huge difference when your expressing yourself through the written word. I never said you were stupid. I just think you thoughts were faster than your fingers. That’s why it’s important to read what you type before you hit post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheChainsawKitten Tanya Taylor

    Ann Rice books over hyped crap as far as I am concerned. Fuel for emo vampire girls who fancy themselves a bit ‘cooler and serious’ that those girls who like the sparkling vampires. Have you read some of the tripe these idiots post? I was appalled and ready to take a flame thrower to these idiots on twitter when they were ripping Bram Stoker’s Dracula because it was ‘newer’ and trying to ‘copy’ Ann Rice. *head desk*. This seems like another shout of “MAKE SURE I STAY RELEVANT” attention whoring from Ms Rice to me but what do you expect out of a woman who crapped all over her fans and decided to be “Christian” for a while then came back. She acts more like her 16 year old emo fan girls than a grown woman.

  • http://twitter.com/Tonks07 Mandy

    As much as I enjoy Anne Rice’s vampire series that woman just does NOT have any idea on how to interact with her online fandom (IDK how she is IRL) but online she seems to have been continually full of fail. From harrassing reviewers to siccing lawyers on the fan fic writers and sending her fandom underground. Someone needed to give that woman a lesson on PR 10 years ago.

  • http://twitter.com/Tonks07 Mandy

    OMG that craziness surrounding the vs female genital mutilations vs male circumcision was unreal. It about drove me to unfriend her page with all the harrassment and the…let’s say passionate people commenting. The sudden hate against her for not focusing on male circumcision was bizarre. Her FB is definite a venture at your own risk kind of page.

  • http://twitter.com/Tonks07 Mandy

    She got some news recently as she had a new book come out. The Wolf Gift I believe it’s called. So not ALL bad news. #justsaying

  • SyntheticPhylum

    Which matters why? Yes, she apologizes for not mentioning it from the get-go, but it doesn’t change the fact that she’s just a blogger, and NOT a paid, professional book reviewer. In that sense, there was absolutely no reason for Ann Rice to do what she did, siccing her fan-base on a college graduate who DARED to express an opinion other than blind adoration of Ms. Rice and all of her works.

  • SyntheticPhylum

    So, posting your OPINION, which, in this country, we are all free to do, in your own PERSONAL blog (NOT a professional blog!), about a book/comic/movie/album, whether you like it or not, MAGICALLY transforms you into a reviewer? Wow. At any rate, the behavior of many of Ms. Rice’s fans was reprehensible, And I’m pretty sure that no matter WHAT Ann may say to try and keep her hands clean, she KNEW what would happen when she posted what she did on her Facebook page. NO ONE IS THAT IGNORANT when it comes to fandom reactions on the WWW. The fact that, in its own way, this whole scenario hurts Ann Rice more than it hurts Miss Articulate is delicious irony. Ann Tries to bully, by proxy, someone who was ‘vocally’ critical of her work, and it shows to the rest of us just how insecure and shallow Ann Rice, and many of her fans, really are. Reacting to a BLOG like it’s as relevant as the New York Times Book Review is simply hilarious, though the manner in which Ms. Rice’s “Spontaneous Flame Mob” behaved is simply horrible, and it makes me sad. Grown-ups should know BETTER. Ann Rice should know BETTER.

  • SyntheticPhylum

    The “big deal” is that it was an irresponsible indirect attack against someone who had the audacity to express her opinion about one of Ann Rice’s books on her PERSONAL BLOG. And, since Miss Articulate thought the book was crap, Ann TOLD her fans to go, read, and comment. Yes, she told them to “be respectful,” But EVERYBODY KNOWS that won’t happen! Which is why I’ve been calling this incident “bullying by proxy.” Ann keeps her metaphorical hands clean, but the attack dogs are sent off to try and tear their prey to bits. Ann knew what would happen; there’s no conceivable way that she wouldn’t. And, in the eyes of the rest of us who watch from the sidelines, this event REDUCES Ann Rice. It makes her smaller, more petty. Pouncing on a little personal opinion blog like it was a Masters of Horror review was just pathetic and sad. ESPECIALLY about a book that is 15 YEARS OLD. Is Ann so desperate to drum up people talking about her that she sics her fans on someone who is probably young enough that she hadn’t even hit puberty when the book in question was released, and probably WASN’T EVEN BORN when the series began? So yeah. It’s a kinda big deal.

  • SyntheticPhylum

    No. She EXPLAINED that the destruction was why she bought the book in the first place AFTER the flame war began. Based on the sheer number of people who condemned her as EVIL for DESTROYING A BOOK (which was already falling apart when she bought it). The reason was always an art project. She just neglected to mention it at the outset, since she probably wasn’t expecting Ms. Rice to unleash her personal Hounds of Hell about a little opinion piece in a personal blog. I certainly wouldn’t have expected what happened, if it had been me! Hell, maybe I should write a blog about my opinions of most of her body of work! That’ll be fun!!

  • SyntheticPhylum

    Ann Rice is not a newbie when it comes to the Internet, the Blogosphere, or Social Networking. She KNEW what the effect would be when she made the post in her Facebook about Miss Articulate’s blog. She KNEW what sort of HELL she would unleash. So, yeah; Ann Rice is a bully by proxy. Her weapon of choice was the most rabid of her fans. And her target was a tiny little personal blog from a college graduate who wasn’t impressed with one of the WORST books Ann has written since the Sleeping Beauty series.

  • SyntheticPhylum

    I saw that she clarified a fact about WHY she bought the book in the first place. That is neither changing the story nor lying about it. Wow. That’s some terrible,horrible lying, now isn’t it?

  • http://twitter.com/All4Av Avalon

    …Please do :D

  • http://twitter.com/TechnoMistress Lisa Liscoumb

    Actually, if you leave your keys in the ignition it is your fault – you are inviting the incident to happen. Even your insurance company will agree with that and will likely not pay any resulting claim.

    I don’t know what was in Anne Rice’s mind when she posted the link to the blogger’s review. I’m not a fan of her writing and, as such, I don’t follow her FB page although I did have a look with all the kurfuffle that’s going on. (Yeah, yeah, morbid interest.)

    I do wonder why she posted a link to the blogger’s profile though. It seems to me, and this is only my opinion, that it was unnecessary and only served to fan the flames further.

  • http://twitter.com/becksbissel Becksbissel

    First of all, you’ve linked to Nola Cancel’s Examiner articles, which are always so far up Rice’s a$$ that it beggars belief. Secondly, she has time and time again sicced her crazier fans on hapless Amazon reviewers and skewed the rating system by having them downvote bad reviews and threaten people.

    Time and time again, people have BEGGED her to tell the fans to stop. Each time, she refuses and says they’ve brought it on themselves. She is, manipulative and ridiculously thin-skinned.

  • Cerberus

    I am torn. On one hand Rice should have been the bigger person and let it go. On the other hand if the blogger can’t handle the attention then why is she blogging?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1131864054 Amber DeJong

    Fair enough. You win :)

  • http://twitter.com/Amiz4Eva Amiz4Eva

    Yeah, but it’s not like she is receiving attention for her blog piece. She’s just getting biased hatred and insults, and people likening her book-cutting to some sort of Nazi act. I doubt she was expecting such hatred and anger for writing such a standard book review.

  • http://twitter.com/Amiz4Eva Amiz4Eva

    Not since the 70s. lol

  • http://twitter.com/Amiz4Eva Amiz4Eva

    The same should be said for Anne Rice. If her past actions are any indication, she doesn’t seem to be able to handle criticism herself.

  • http://twitter.com/Amiz4Eva Amiz4Eva

    She didn’t get angry because she didn’t have to. She’s an adult with a brain; she knew exactly what sort of response the blogger would receive if she posted a link to a negative review asking her FANS to comment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ParanormalAP Kathy Kelly

    I don’t particularly like her style at all. But my point is that I don’t think it was her intent and I just don’t see what the big deal is..the blogger posted her opinion, the author posted it and people responded. That is the internet. I’m not arguing with you because I don;t know why she would bother to do it, I just don’t think its a big deal that she did.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ParanormalAP Kathy Kelly

    I just disagree. I think you are overstating and you seem really tense about it. And I still don’t think it is a big deal.

  • Anonymous

    To make this clear, the blogger didn’t read a book of Anne Rice and decided that it was so bad that it should be a crafts project. She simply picked up an old book for her crafts project, decided to read it before cutting it to pieces and then left her opinion of the book. The comments she got was not because people had an opinion about her blog, but because Anne Rice send her rabid fans over to her with false information. Through all this, the blogger took the whole thing with aplomb. And just because you are in the net it doesn’t mean that you are a free target for this kind of abuse.

  • Anonymous

    Coming from the same country, I can’t agree enough about this. I bet there are a lot of Anne Rice books which landed on the trash over time, simply because they started to fall apart, or because the owner needed space and wasn’t in the mood to search for alternative means to get rid of his old books. I’m sure Anne Rice’s “legacy” will survive when one book gets turned into an arts project.

  • Anonymous

    If she only wanted to destroy the book, she could have done so. Changing is into a piece of art is something you don’t do at a moments notice. And even if she had the intention all along: She is by far not the first reviewer who did that. The angry video nerd and the blockbuster buster destroy what they review all the time jokingly on camera.

  • athenia45

    What a shame! Out of all the Anne Rice books I’ve read, I really, really love Pandora!

  • Anonymous

    ” a hag and wishing that she’d contract a venereal disease.” That would make her the perfect protagonist for Rice’s next novel.

  • Anonymous