One of the things that bothered me the most about my crappy book review was this statement:
“If you want to write a story of decision then make the protagonist have a real choice. … When three quarters of the book is about the two girls you know how it is going to end.”
Because… the REAL choice had nothing to do with sexuality. And I mean, obviously, the reviewer didn’t understand that (or much else, apparently) but I’m wondering if my real meaning was lost in all the bi-phobia.
The main character’s two options for love interests were:
- A teenage fantasy of forever love and dramatic declarations
- A comfortable friendship with romantic underpinnings
And while option 1 is what the MC thinks she wants because her entire culture tells her to want that, option 2 seems like the better choice.
I’m not saying it doesn’t matter that option 1 is a boy and option 2 is a girl. That plays into the whole cultural influence factor. But it’s not just “should I choose the boy or the girl? Whoops, now I’m a lesbian forever.”
The other thing that REALLY REALLY bothered me, although more because maybe the reviewer is a little twisted, was this gem:
“Have some of the girls be mean to the guys or even molest some of the other girls.”
Um… there was no molestation in the story. There was a sexual assault by a boy, AGAIN because that plays into the cultural influence of boy/girl dynamics, and it was not graphic or gratuitous at all. So to REQUEST girl on girl molestation is… well, it’s freaking twisted, man. WHO SAYS THAT? Ugh, there’s not enough ick in the world already?
I promise that this is not about getting a bad review and dwelling on it. This is about just… a really nasty, bi-phobic, ignorant, disgusting review and I am so disappointed that no one else of the hundred plus people who downloaded and/or read the book haven’t commented on it or written a less horrid review to combat it.
Ugh, I hate it when nasty people get away with such yuck.