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02 July 2007 @ 01:29 pm
In Which Kala Is *Ahem* Petulant...  
Have you ever had one of those moments in your fic that you thought was brilliant, which much planned ahead, and a handful of people either misunderstand it or down-right scorn it even though they have no idea where it's headed?  

No, no, it's no one here and present, but it seems that the reveal to the Richana, subtle as it is and will be built on more heavily in the next few chapters, has made several people vocal with their displeasure. And that just hurts. I'd like to think that all of you have come far enough with us to trust us just a little. I'm going to blow a secret here and say that it's essential to the plot and everyone knows we explain our reasoning eventually, but it's already being ranted about. Have you ever know me not to have a reason for doing something? Grrrrr... Reminds me of how some people got about the Richana when it first started. And look how that's caught on....

*throws brickbats in irriation*

Why do I feel like a crabby, spoiled six-year-old who can't be understood? *sigh*
Brian's FanFic Journalmr_beeto on July 2nd, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
I'm assuming that you're referring to the "Mann One" comment. Ignore it. Comments like that, which do little more than present harsh criticism without explanation, are not worth getting upset about. Especially when the critic is cowardly enough to post it anonymously (and thus no dialog is possible).

I think that a lot of readers out there truly fail to grasp the level of effort required to truly present an engaging, well-written epic, and are too quick to criticize anything that doesn't perfectly match their perception of The Ways Things Should Be. That doesn't mean that we're perfect, and that constructive criticism is never warranted. However, my view on that is that such comments should be private and offer suggestions for improvement, rather than just blasting away with hurtful comments.

Your story is a gift that a certain anonymous critic is unworthy of. Don't let it bother you.
Lois: I Heart Clark Kentkalalanekent on July 3rd, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
Mr. Beeto, my personal Clark Kent, ladies and... Wait, this is Brian. *snickersnort*

As I told you in the email I send eariler, have I told you recently how much your opinion means to me? And how lucky I am to be held in such esteem by you and my other favorite authors? I truly am blessed.

Thanks so much, Bri. *hugs*
Brian's FanFic Journal: Pocket Protectormr_beeto on July 3rd, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
What are friends for?

Seriously, if all your peers are solidly behind you, there's no need to worry about the troll. I've often made the comment in my review replies to fellow authors that the critique means so much more coming from peers. Your fellow authors know how difficult it is to develop a plot and write action-packed, emotionally intense scenes, and recognize your excellence as precisely that. A casual reader (or in this case, troll) just doesn't get that. And your fellow authors are all delighted with your work.

'Nuff said. So don't worry, be happy.