Fuse #8

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Robin McKinley: Raw & Uncut

I will not piss-off Robin McKinley.
I will not piss-off Robin McKinley.
I will not piss-off Robin McKinley because if I do she will come after me with sharp pointy objects and horrible things may ensue.

I will not piss-off Robin McKinley . . . perhaps because of this.


At 2:28 PM , Blogger gail said...

Robin Who?

I always find it distasteful when authors take abusive attitudes toward their readers. I once heard a very well-known writer give a speech in front of a large audience during which he dissed a child who'd written to him. I've never felt the same about him since.

Of course, I don't get much mail.

At 3:55 PM , Anonymous elizabeth fama said...

I have to agree with Gail. When someone writes something kind or admiring to you, even if they've misspelled your name (or violated a pet peeve of yours which they could have no advanced knowledge of, such as saying that they're adults and still read and enjoy your books), you have to be polite. And if you don't have time to respond personally, you can have a form letter or form e-mail that says so, and point them to your web site.

The crude business or relationship propositions are another matter, of course.

At 4:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt her actual audience (especially since she writes mostly for children) would find any of this funny. Even reading it as an adult has turned me off her books. Such a huge difference between the tone of her novels and this rant. I almost want to ask which is the real RMcK?

There are nice ways to say no to unreasonable requests. Usually the word "no," followed by silence, suffices.

At 8:11 PM , Blogger Nancy said...

Hmmmmm, I don't know... reading this made me want to read her books. She is quite funny. And obviously venting.

At 8:29 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Interesting points. To be honest, I've never met any child that's ever read one of her books, with the possible exception of "Beauty". Her audience, as I see it, is primarily YA. But of course it is bad form to mock fans, especially if they are young and worshipful. Well noted.

At 12:36 AM , Blogger Lisa Yee said...

Oh my.

At 1:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rose Daughter has usually been shelved in the children's section in most libraries I've been to. And I'm sure I wasn't a YA age when I read Beauty and possibly Outlaws of Sherwood.

And who says teens can spell? Check out any teen gushing over say, Twilight or Shannon Hale's books. They haven't suddenly morphed into editors.

At 10:22 PM , Blogger Grace Lin said...

I actually found this really funny, and to be honest I found myself sympathizing with some of them (especially #7). I'm sure I don't get even a quarter of the e-mail/requests that she does, but I have on occasion shared some of those feelings to a (much)lesser degree. I'm impressed that she was gutsy enough to let it all out, with such passion. I think she's a pretty good writer!

At 8:51 AM , Anonymous leila said...

I thought it was a riot, and I'm a huge Robin McKinley fan.


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