Dear Author wrote a topic a few days ago titled: should authors shut up and write? Ms. Joyce responds and hang on to your seats, I’ve highlighted some of the good parts and readers, some of it is rather insulting but don’t be. It’s the ego talking.
I’ve never read Lydia Joyce. Quite frankly, her books sound like the kind of novels that I’d enjoy reading since I do prefer “dark” books. Alas, but I digress. I admit to not reading the comments she made in it’s entirety and thus I started skimming and then these comments jumped out at me like this one:
Yes, there are some people who are “too stupid” to understand my books. But they don’t bring up a particular plot point they don’t like. They complain that none of it makes sense and that there are so many big, confusing words that the books are IMPOSSIBLE to understand. These people just aren’t my readers. I’m destined to piss them off just by having “big words” in a book.
I am half-way tempted to read one of her books just see all the “big words” she claims to use that seems to confuse readers. Next time I’m in the used bookstore, I’ll get a copy as there’s plenty of her books to be found there, left by stupid people.
Here’s another eye-rolling moment:
As far as “stupid” readers go–those people I ignore publicly. Why would I waste my breath talking about people who aren’t even in my audience? Why would I want to, when what I really want is to snatch my book out of their hands and forbid them from ever coming within 100 yards of another one?
Oh and I just love this one:
I don’t expect my readers to be brilliant. They are, however, not stupid. My attitude isn’t about arrogance. It’s about respect. I can either treat people like idiots and write to them like babies, or I can treat them like reasonably intelligent people and risk occasionally confusing an intelligent person as a result–particularly an intelligent person who’s used to being treated like a baby most of the time, anyway.
Oh and I also had no idea that Ms. Joyce was a member of Mensa because she goes on to say:
Yeah, I’m smart, and I got sick to death of hiding it along time ago. I refuse to do it anymore because it shouldn’t be something to be ashamed of or hated for, and I hope that my standing up will help others who have faced discrimination, too. (I guess I’m still too much of a hypocrite to post my IQ range, but I can still hope that the day will come when it won’t be any different than dress or shoe size.) There is nothing in the world wrong with being smart any more than there’s something wrong with having blue eyes or brown skin, and it is NOT “showing off” to refrain from talking down to people any more than it is showing off for a tall person not to stoop.
And to conclude this topic made up of most of Ms. Joyce’s own words (well most of them anyway), I don’t have to worry about her commenting here at my blog because:
If I address something publicly, it’s because I respect a person’s opinion enough talk about it.
Dear Author’s topic of “should authors just write and shut up” is so aptly named for Ms. Joyce and clearly sets the example of an author who should do just that. My next project for myself will be to read a Lydia Joyce book. I’m sure someone can recommend a book for me?
Edited to add: Monica’s comments here: Hypocrisy in Action.