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The dreaded "S"

I made an observation the other day. The same people who left low ratings for Promises and Lies at GoodReads have also left low ratings for Blue Moon. Don't get me wrong, this is not "an author whining about reviews"...it's more just the observation that it doesn't surprise me. If you didn't like Sean in Promises and Lies it stands to reason you will also not like Scott in Blue Moon. They're both based on the same ... "muse" for lack of a better word.

Character "S" appears to be an asshole. He's not, but he comes off that way. He's just a reckless, devil-may-care man who shoots first and asks questions later. He's rambunctious. He has a very deep streak of honest caring and love at his core, he just has a funny way of showing it. Believe it or not, he's really sensitive. Not about what other people think of him, but he's sensitive toward his mate. I know it's only my opinion, but I think he was incredibly patient and caring with Jeff. I guess it was my stumbling as an author that I didn't show it clearly enough. Scott also cares deeply for Brad, but Blue Moon is short enough that you either see it, or you don't.

Honestly, I am also sensitive, and it does worry me when people don't see the characters the way I do. But again, this is not me whining about low ratings, I realize they come with the territory. As time goes by, I realize that any rating, low or high, means that I touched the person enough to prompt them to express an opinion. At the end of the day, that's good enough for me.

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loritoland
Jan. 28th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't worry about readers seeing a character in the same way you do. If we viewed people in the same way, only one type of person would be attractive to everyone. We would all be the same.
rowenasudbury
Jan. 28th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oh I get that! It's just my fragile writer's ego that is crushed when people label this poor "S" character as an asshole. ^^

But like I said, it only worries me. HE doesn't care at all...LOL!
loritoland
Jan. 28th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Having an asshole character is not a bad thing. Look at Brian from QAF.
rowenasudbury
Jan. 28th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's a bad thing...but apparently readers do. Oh well. I love all my flawed characters :)
knowmefirst
Jan. 31st, 2012 02:44 am (UTC)
You know this is something that just pisses me off the most. I really don't get it why people don't see beyond the tough devil may care attitude of some characters. I love those characters the most, maybe because to a point I see myself in them and I am to a point like them :D So, let them roast in their anger towards the characters and keep on writing them because even if they don't speak up, I know they are many out there that think like me :D
rowenasudbury
Jan. 31st, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
*hugs* The fact that YOU spoke up means a lot to me!!

I think I'm a realist. I want to see relationships how they *really* are. I mean, I still remember the first time I argued with my soulmate, and I thought "oh my God, is this the end?" But then it was brought to my attention that if everyone loved vanilla, the world would be a boring place. So, while I agree with everyone's right to dislike a character, I do get bugged when my boys are labeled "assholes"....because they aren't ...LOL!

I'm glad we see eye to eye though! <3
knowmefirst
Jan. 31st, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Here, here! To the assholes! *coughs* Sorry, I meant to say to the characters that are portray like assholes. *scratches head* That didn't come out right either, oh well you know what I meant :P
rowenasudbury
Jan. 31st, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
Oh dude...you made my "assholes" howl with laughter.....

*hugs*
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