Book bloggers have gone FREAKING INSANE since the Story Siren went all grabby grabby plagiarist on everyone. And I GET it. Everyone is all up in arms, ready to throw the gauntlet over NOTHING.
STOP IT. Just freaking STOP IT.
The other day, I get an email from one of my FAV chicks Barbara from Basia’s Bookshelf, who was so VERY politely asking if I would be upset if her and this other blogger did a feature sort of like mine and Alexa’s Pages of Bookish Love (swapping blogs thing).
And she said it PERFECTLY:
“I know as bloggers, we’re supposed to be all sensitive and cause controversy and be offended a lot, but I was hoping you wouldn’t be. Are we all good? No horse head in my bed? Seriously though, I don’t want you to be offended, I know meme-stealing is a crapola thing and that’s why we want to make sure we credit anyone and everyone who may have something similar.”
Right? Lol! Dude, of course I’m glad she asked… Because say it was some chick I didn’t know, then I MAY have been a LITTLE offended. But probably not.
Here is MY opinion: IDEAS are meant to be expanded, molded, changed and built into something else. SURE, they may always resemble the original “meme”… And WHO CARES? So what???? A good idea is a good idea. PERIOD.
Case in point:
I emailed Amanda @ On a Book Bender and LITERALLY asked if I could take EVERY bit of her Clock Rewinders idea and *spoof* it for Loretta and I. And she loved the idea, now THIS concept is different if you’ve checked out either of our posts- bc I SERIOUSLY took everything and just made a new banner for me and Loretta. And at the bottom of EACH AND EVERY post I will credit Amanda & Tara bc it was in no way, shape or form MY idea and I don’t want anyone to THINK it was.
Now, THAT being said- there is a difference in taking an IDEA and making it your own (Seriously, think: Coke/Pepsi, Whopper/Quarter Pounder…) and taking someone else’s CONTENT/reviews/thoughts/WORDS and hitting COPY & PASTE. That is DIFFERENT and in NO way acceptable. But LEARN the difference people.
A good blogger friend of mine started a book to movies type feature (I don’t know if she wants to be named- so I’m not going to.) and was emailed by ANOTHER blogger who does a book/movie feature and
demanded “asked” her to NOT do the feature in question anymore.
WHAT? Holy CRAP. Alright, let’s email IMBD and tell them they aren’t allowed to announce movies coming out that may have been BOOKS first. Because “you” (whom I’ve never heard of before) do a book/movie post that two people comment on every two freaking WEEKS.
Help me. Seriously, this crap makes me want to slit my wrists in order to get away from the bullshit. My blogger friend handled it better than I could have… I’d have told her in just so many words, how many ways to “Kiss my fabulous ass.”
Then there’s THIS:
(and NO I didn’t change her spelling, or make the punctuation incorrect in order to make her sound… like she does.)
OK everyone I did add another alias for myself. On live Journal I am also known as Monster girl inc. So don’t be to confessed when you see that . I am the Mona Lisa of horror. And I will stand by that to the end. Due to another blogger calling herself Queen Zombie or Zombie queen. Which is fine you were here long before I . So it is only fair. Why am I rambling on , but anyhow I am still Lady Zombie or Monster Girl. Now on with the line up.
*from Lady Journal’s post here*
What I’d like to know, is WHY did she find it necessary to be catty and hateful? Guess WHAT chick? I don’t know you.
Someone ELSE pointed out this “cute” little post to me. And I’m SO very sorry that I apparently took the “Zombie Queen” title. But dear Lord, GROW UP. Did she really feel it was right to shit all over me by being nasty about it? Good thing it’s “fine” with her that i call myself the Zombie Queen, because I was TOTALLY seeking her permission.
Do we blog about books or who took what “alias” before we could get it? Jesus GROW UP.
The reason I felt the previous ridiculousness need to be posted, was NOT to because I am trying to be catty and hypocritical. For instance- I do NOT want the Zombie Queen‘s Zombie Princesses of Badass to go into attack/war mode… I just wanted to specifically point out that bloggers have gotten UNNECESSARILY defensive.
That this Library Lady, Lady Zombie, Monster Girl who loves horror novels felt the urge to make it known that SHE should be the Zombie Queen.
Now would she have said, “Since The Bookish Brunette currently holds the title of Zombie Queen… yada, yada.” but no, she had to act as if she couldn’t RECALL the title that she was so exasperated over NOT HAVING … “Due to another blogger calling herself Queen Zombie or Zombie queen.”
There has just been FAR too much of “this is mine”, “you stole this idea”, we have all started pitting one another AGAINST the other. WHEN did that happen?
All of the catty, high school DRAMA has TO STOP.
What did this post accomplish? Absolutely nothing. I probably even pissed some people off. But you know what? I don’t care anymore. When I STARTED book blogging it WAS NOT this way. And I HATE what it’s become.