I've just talked to someone from a major website (you'll see) who asked me about doing a review--asked, because they have a large readership and knew that it could be "an adversarial experience." I'd wanted to bring this up anyway, so it's as good an opening as any:
I really, really want to ask y'all to let the book stand for itself. I don't want to be the kind of writer who's known for her rabid attack-dog fans. I appreciate everything, everything, y'all do and have done in terms of supporting and pimping the book. But if someone disagrees with that, or doesn't like the book, or is disappointed in it, let them. It's cool, okay?
I personally have decided not to look for reviews. If someone says, "Oh, man, you just got the most awesome review!," I'll read that, because who wouldn't be excited about that? But unlike most work posted online, the book is a finite thing. There's not really anything I can change now, you know? As such, there's not really any such thing as constructive criticism--I mean, yes, of course there is "constructive" criticism, in that it would be intelligent and supported with examples and could be absorbed for future endeavors. But if someone says, "This particular section goes on too long and repeats the same joke and generally sucks," it's not like I can go back and change that now, you know? So I'm not terribly interested in hearing about negative reviews (other than the mere fact of their existence) for that reason, just for my own personal sanity. Maybe later, once I feel braver, I'll read something negative if you tell me that it's thoughtful and would actually help me in the future as a writer. Right now? Gonna hide in the bunker, thanks. You have the right to your review; I have the right not to read it.
You are welcome, however, to discuss the book in terms of good and bad here. If there's something you didn't like or you feel didn't work, you know, you're free to say that. What I'm going to say now is with my mod hat on: threats and abusive language, towards me OR other commenters, will not be tolerated. And that's in my defense or otherwise. One warning per commenter or situation will be handed out; threads will be frozen and trolling will be deleted; repeat offenders will be banned from this community at my discretion so fast it will make your head spin, I swear to God, because I do not put up with that shit. And by "that shit" I mean the kind of comments I got last summer, when people came by to call me a "loser" and a "fag" (wait... what?) and told me that I should be "put down." Critique the work; don't critique me or other people on a personal level. And if someone oversteps that boundary, do not strike back at them. If anything, you can come get me (all comments go to my email) and I'll take care of it. I want this journal to be a safe, fun place to mock movies with affection, not a war zone. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.