Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tweet, Tweet

In that collossal black hole of information known as the worldwide web, I somehow stumbled across a “tweet” about my book, MR. MALCOLM’S LIST. A college student from Dublin said regarding it: “Liked 'Mr. Malcolm's List'. A little too didactic perhaps, but a sweet story.”

My reactions to this tweet were many and varied. My first reaction was to look up the word “didactic” in a dictionary. I thought I knew what it meant, but felt I must be mistaken because I couldn’t imagine such an adjective applied to my novel. For those of you who have only a hazy idea what the word means, here’s a definition:

1. Intended to instruct.
2. Morally instructive.
3. Inclined to teach or moralize excessively.

I really thought I had written just an entertaining piece of fluff, and had no idea it was morally instructive. I wonder just what my message was? Don’t write lists? However, she wasn’t the only one to feel it had some sort of moral (someone on Goodreads said something similar) so I must have slipped one in there without even realizing it.

I was mostly excited that a student in Dublin had even heard of MR. MALCOLM’S LIST, had read it, and had liked it. It always amazes me when I stumble across people who have read my book. Of course, since I eagerly scour the internet looking for such people I guess it’s not too surprising that I’ve found a dozen or so.

I had a not-so-pleasant experience with a review today. I’ve gotten such great, unsolicited reviews (no, I didn’t bribe these people) on Amazon.com and other sites that I was surprised how painful it was to get a less than glowing review. However, it was only one person’s opinion, and opinions are always subjective and, in this person's case, wrong.

At least, that's my opinion.