In today’s world where we can connect with anyone anytime, I think it’s really fun to be able to connect with our favorite authors. To me, they are bigger celebrities than any movie or television actor.
I rarely “speak” to these people other than to tell them I have read and reviewed one of their books. I’m more of an observer and lately I have been amazed at what some people will say. I’ll give you some examples, without using names, of course.
This was posted on Facebook this morning by a gay man who obviously loves this author’s books.
“Aw geez, there goes the “gay” again. Thank goodness your books are testosterone filled. Makes me feel sort of butch.”
From the same guy, posted yesterday :
“It’s nice to come home from rehearsal and get into bed with one of your books. The drawback is it keeps me awake longer than it should because I too can’t believe how much in love I am with my fiance because I get up early to make his lunch every day (and I include a note in there – geez, I’m gay”
I know we may want these “celebrities” to notice us, favorite our Tweets, and “like” us on Facebook and it’s fun to share, but shouldn’t there be a limit on how much gushing a fan does? There comes a point where we all should stop and think about what we say before we say it. I’ll be the first to admit that if I were to meet one of my favorite authors in person I’d probably devolve into a person who could only grunt and make funny noises, completely losing my ability to carry on an intelligent conversation. On the Internet, you have the opportunity to use some common sense and not make a fool of yourself and some people need to remember that, or maybe they need to figure it out for the first time.