"You are your own biggest asshole"
05 / 23 / 04
If that subject line doesn't make sense, allow me to explain. There are those who others would call an ass, then there are those who represent themselves as such all on their own merit, and usually better than any second or third party ever could.
Usually I don't go to author profiles, especially in ffn. But sometimes there's a person, usually a reviewer, who makes me twitch badly, and I need to have my suspicions comfirmed.
And they were.
Also, I normally don't point out people like this, but then again, sometimes you have to warn others of the serious asshole-y potential, so they can avoid or deal with it as they see fit.
I present exhibit A. First, without reading, notice the monstrously long "bio." You'd think this person wrote their whole life story there. Second, check out their views on flaming, and why they do it. Though frankly, the first line cinches the asshole nature with the use of swearing for a ridiculously innocuous/inane item. But going back, they feel they have a right to flame, they come up with (rather flimsy) excuses for this right, then have the nerve to write GW/SM crossover fics.
Anyone, and I mean anyone, who writes overdone/overbad crossovers does not have a right to flame anyone else. Maybe that's just me, but seems like this is a target waiting to happen.
Times like this I wish I was a flamer, but I like to think I hold myself in a higher regard than people like that.
Edit Just read some reviews on this person's fics, and noticed whenever there is a flame, all of this person's "friends" jump on said flamer. So what we have here is someone wanting to be/acting like a BNF. Well, with that label, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised about anything.
However, there was one well thought out response to this person's ideals of flaming, to which nobody, not the writer nor their friends, bothered to respond to. And because I can appreciate this person's comments so much, I hope they don't mind if I quote them here.
"To whom it may concern:
It is at times like these that I become painfully aware of the ironies and trajedies in life. You are indeed a skilled author, but you should reflect upon your actions and the definition of the phrase "constructive criticism". "A well rounded critique is often the most rewarding tool for the writer." That is the final line in the "Submit Review" window. From what I have read of your "well rounded" critiques,I have concluded that you are most certainly anything but. The degredation and insults you write concerning another's works are extremely irritating.
You apparently have a tremendous amount of anger that, though I don't know the origins, cause you to become childish and arrogant. I have had the displeasure of reading a "flame" that you gave to an author that I felt had a good idea even if the writings were not up to par. Your use of foul language was unnecessary and no doubt unappreciated. A self-respecting author would take into account that people who have the courage to publicly display their ideas and stories doesn't deserve any attempt at humiliation from an angst-ridden primadonna such as yourself.
That is all I have to say on the subject. If you would like to renounce any of these implications, feel free to email me. The address should be present."
Whoever you are, miss, I love you. You make me have a smidgeon of hope that not everyone who writes/reads fic is going to become an ass.
Sorry, spammers forced my hand. Comments reviewed before being published.