I don’t want to go into details, but there have been some Readers Behaving Badly — readers so upset about an author’s story choices that they have resorted to threats. I’m flummoxed about this because, while I understand how readers might get mad at a book and never read that author again, that they would threaten an author and say horrific things on-line is beyond me. We’ve heard of stalkers (both physical and on-line) and general threats to all celebrities, and some of them authors, but to me, this situation goes even further, as if the characters and story is more real to some readers than life itself.
I think these types of readers are few and far between. The problem is that when they all gather in one place on-line, that they feed off each other, which isn’t always good. I keep envisioning Gaston and the townspeople in Beauty and the Beast.
All this angst over the story decisions of the talented and popular Charlaine Harris had me thinking I’ve been lucky that my readers haven’t gone to such extremes. I love asking readers questions and while I wouldn’t ask for help with major story decisions, I like discussing some of the story details I’m undecided about.