To the people who are ganging up on spacebees, spacebees is not criticizing the plot line of the story or even the characters really. They are not saying that C.L.s books are trash or that the books are horrible and need to be burned because of those characters. They are not tearing her down. What they are stating that something has been represented wrong in the books (or at least that is my understanding of it, spacebees. I understand that what I am saying may not be completely what you are getting at, and I am sorry if I am interpreting it wrong).
Second of all, "if you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all?" Now normally, I don't like calling people out on things. I hate doing it in public. I hate doing it online. I hate when it is done to me. I hate when it is done to other people. But ladies and gentlemen, this is a discussion forum. It is about us talking about things from the series that we both love and hate, approve and disapprove of, and why. This is a site where we should be free to share things, especially including something like this.
And honestly, if I were C.L. I wouldn't be torn down by this. As a person, I would want to hear what they have to say because I would want to represent people right. I would want others to know that I respect them and who they are. She has an e-mail where you can send her things for more reasons than just fan mail. An author is an influential person. If they represent someone wrong, it could negatively impact tons of people. The actions a character takes in a book, what is said, what is thought, what is implied: all of it matters not only to plotline, to other characters, to how things are written, but also what the reader learns and takes away from it.
And before some of you start getting angry at me too, because I am sure there are at least a few, if not more, who think I am wrong about at least this topic in the forum, I want to remind you of something.
The last two chapters of "The Other Side of Envy."
Does everyone here remember what happened on the site after the book was published? How people were upset and disgusted by the use of blackface in the book? I do. I was here for that.
Did you ever think about how some people would look at that scene? What if someone had never heard of the term blackface and read this? (And let me just tell you, I live in a town in the bible belt that is 94% white. I guarantee you that a good portion of the people here have never heard that term before.) Would those people who picked up the book think it was okay to do that later? Would they dress up for Halloween in a similar fashion? I can hear some of you saying of course not in my head right now, but that doesn't make the implication or possible effect go away.
This might seem like a tiny issue, but how many people are being represented by it? And how many people are reading this representation of how a person is to be treated?
We shouldn't be saying that people don't have a right to freely express themselves here. We shouldn't be saying that it can't be said here because it will offend someone or hurt the authors feelings. The point of the forum is to express yourself. The point of the forum is to say how things are for you when you look at these books, and especially if you are a person who has an aspect of themselves being represented by a character, you have a right to say how that representation makes you feel and if there is a problem with it.
If something like this pops up in a book, any person on this forum should have a right to say something about that. We shouldn't be saying that it's mean or that we shouldn't mention something that makes us uncomfortable or that we need to limit our freedom of expression. We should be able to talk about it, and we should share it because not everyone is going to understand why something makes another person uncomfortable or how a scene could be interpreted.
And for those of you who do come across something like that, you shouldn't be afraid to tell the author or say it out loud. As someone who personally wants to write books one day, I know that I would never want to misrepresent a group or culture or society or people, and if I did, I would want to know so that I never repeat it. I would hate to ever think that the stories I told would make someone feel isolated or like I didn't respect them.
Now, I am sure there is a crowd with pitch forks waiting at my door now. But I am not going to apologize for saying something. I will say right now that I am sorry spacebees if I misrepresented your beliefs in any way or form throughout this whole thing. It was not my intention if I did. I just could not take looking at all the comments on this page that told you to be quiet about something like this or not say something, and you have every right to say something on the forum. Just like any member of the forum does about anything that makes them uncomfortable.
And for any person who has a problem with me, I am not going to apologize for saying something like this. I am sorry if you dislike me for this. I am sorry if it seems rude to you. I am sorry if you do not agree with what I am saying because you don't think we should say things like this on the forum, for everyone to see. I am also sorry for calling people out during this whole thing. I am not sorry for saying it, though, because every person should be able to share on the forum. It is a discussion forum. That is what it is meant for.
And, well, if you really agree with what was said above and don't agree with me even a little bit, I believe one of the above comments was that if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.