Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Reply to a Review on Barnes & Noble

Someone reviewed my book on Barnes and Noble, giving it a 1 star review. Hopefully I'm not breaking any rules by posting their review here:

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I read the free version of this book in its entirety.  The autho

I read the free version of this book in its entirety.  The author is a good person at heart, I am sure, but seems to suffer from serious mental issues. The fixation on Avril Lavigne, his assertion that a dead grandma made him &quot;horny&quot; and caused his addiction to masturbation, his constant ranting against the mormon church, his assertion that the church should have &quot;given&quot; him a wife and his confessed acts of violent  towards others indicate that he needs ongoing help. I think if the author wants to tell a story that people will want to read then maybe a book about what it is like to live with mental illness, how working in the system is good and bad, how to find happiness and hope while living with mental illness. That is a book I would buy. 
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Here is how I reply to this review:
Thank you for recognizing that I try to be a good person. Yes - I have suffered from serious mental issues. The fixation on Avril Lavigne was actually a positive part of my life, it kept me interested in life and was really quite helpful. I could have committed suicide you realize: she was my bright light.
My dead grandmother being involved in my masturbation is not always accepted as a true story, but it is true that I only started masturbating right after she died and I am truly of the belief that a ghost could sexually molest the living. I think it is entirely possible that I was so freakin' horny because of her.
Constant ranting against the mormon church. Just so you know::: I used to completely support the church, so then they gave me miracle powers. Then they wanted me to disbelieve in miracles and deny the holy ghost. Why wouldn't I rant against that?
Yes ---- my LDS patriarchal blessing said I would be sealed/married to a woman of my choice. This has never happened. If you are saying the church had no obligation in this matter, then why did the church bless me with that?
Yes --- maybe my violence was wrong, maybe I did need help for that. But it's not my fault my classmates hypnotized me to be a murderer.
Thank you for telling me what a good book to read would be like. I would just like to mention that your review completely passed over all the miracles I mention in my story. Wow.
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That is my off-the-top-of-my-head response to that reviewer. If my fixation on Avril Lavigne was wrong, then why don't I just go kill myself? I mean --- she was HELPING ME. You said I need help and she is helping me, so there you go.

UPDATE::::: 8/09/2013 6:27PM

Though it seems harsh that I would receive a couple one star ratings, it is also true that I could be typified this way because of Finch, and their song about falling like a 'bad star'. Of course, this might not sell books, but all in all I don't even find this review hard to read.

Yes - I suffer from mental issues, the but reviewer says "I want to read about what it's like to live with mental illness, how working in the system can be good and bad, and how to find hope and happiness with a mental illness".   To tell the truth, my book is about these three things, so I did fulfill the reviewer's needs (as far as I can tell) --- is the only difference that I am suffering from mental ISSUES and not ILLNESS???

Yes --- it can be understood that I have mental issues, but the reviewer seems to think my book isn't actually about having a mental ILLNESS. I am actually not hurt by this review, even if it is only one star rating, especially as Finch would typify me that way.

The review that did hurt however was that Amazon.com review where I was given one star and was told i'm crazy. So--- are you trying to say you hate crazy people? And please, back up your position with more information based on the book. That reviewer was actually trying to be insulting.

So --- though it's a one star rating, this barnes & noble review doesn't feel hurtful. In fact, it almost seems to claim that I'm not even mentally ill - that I have mental issues. If the reviewer does think I am mentally ill --- then my book is exactly what the reviewer claimed to want to read.

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To paraphrase this review:

"….The author is a good person at heart, I am sure, but seems to suffer from serious mental issues.  ……    I think if the author wants to tell a story that people will want to read then maybe a book about what it is like to live with mental illness"

If my book isn't about what it's like to live with mental illness - then I'm not mentally ill, I just have mental issues. If I am mentally ill, then the book is everything the reviewer wanted it to be.

Juxtapose that with how I am hated because I'm crazy for no explanation or reasoning, as the other 1 star reviewer did.

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