Thursday, May 24, 2012
Whoseywhatsit Thursday: Grrrr
Incidences of similar types have characterized this week for me, from different sources but still touching on our YA world in one way or another. Sensationalism in the media, and nasty reviews of other peoples books, both points in a pattern cropping up in this seeming consequence-free environment of the Internet and media.
What started this, you might wonder. Well, ABC News ran a segment on the national televised news--NATIONAL TELEVISED NEWS!!--titled Real life Hunger Games. I watched, aghast, thinking something horrid had happened because some one took the concept of the book into the real world. YES, what happened was truly terrible. NO, it did not have a damn thing to do with the book. The only thing similar was a child and an admittedly tragic shooting with an arrow. I didn't hear one mention, not ONE, of the book, the film, the franchise. Here's the LINK.
Why the hell would they point fingers at such a huge YA franchise? Popular culture sells. People come running when they hear negative references to pop culture icons like The Hunger Games franchise. Especially if the media can scandalize something including violence. Think about the people claiming to be bitten right after Twilight released in theaters. It was all about getting attention by using a pop culture icon. Name dropping for the sake of attention.
Do they stop to think about the possible negative affect they can have on the author, the publishers and readers?? No. Look at me, look at me.
While I'm at it. I've been pointed to a couple vicious book reviews lately. I won't say what huge review site they are on, or what books because that's not what this is about. This is about the bigger picture, and an illness taking hold. People can say what they want, spray vitriol and hateful comments, and it gets them more page views.
Go ahead, crucify me. I think it needs to be said. Nasty, it seems, is getting popular.
Whatever happened to saying nothing if you have nothing nice to say?