Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Frustrating Review

I know I've asked for reviews before - I feel like a broken record every time I do.  But I recently saw a review of the latest Omar Bell Universe story that really set me off.  This is it:

"I'm trying to understand. It's racist, so it's not for the closed minded. Does that mean that if you're racist, you're open minded? I think the Ku Klux Klan would love this approach."

-J. Morgan from Amazon

Clearly, the reviewer never read the book, and simply reviewed it based on the synopsis, which is disappointing to say the least.  That said, I'd love to see some of you review the piece so as to counterbalance the negativity.

That's it.  Just thought I'd share my frustrations.

11 comments:

  1. Starting with Nepotism Bell comes off as a complete scumbag who won't accept anything but his own opinions, thus I believe there is some truth to that reviewer's sentiments. If there was more to the story such as a reason why Bell was so far entrenched against whites then maybe he could be an antihero but without that he comes off as just as racist and terrible as the KKK.

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    1. Well, the KKK are fucking terrible, but even some of them have "reasons" as to why they are racist. There's no excuse for being anti-(x) to that degree.

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    2. Omar Bell isn't intended to be an anti-hero. He's not a hero at all. He's the antagonist, the evil bad guy. Of course he's racist (though he does have reasons which will be revealed in an "origin" book). The story itself isn't about him; it's about how these people deal with a rapidly changing culture, their transformed bodies, and their changing sexuality.

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    3. I agree that the stories are not about Omar Bell, but he is the one character who links your stories together. So essentially, the series is about Omar Bell. I think it is great that you chose to make him a straight villain, too many anti-heroes out there. Nice to have an old-fashioned evil bad guy. That said, people (especially those who do not actually read the stories) are going to misunderstand and consider this racist. I would suggest they take a good look in the mirror and realize that is where the problem lies, not in your stories. Your body of work proves that you are not racially biased. Plus, even someone who did not know your work would have to consider that a rather misguided review. It is s slam with no substance. I always overlook reviews like that and look for a review that actually tells me something and that the reviewer clearly put some thought into. Those tend to be truer to the mark that off-the-cuff remarks.
      Don't let crap like this get to you Nikki. You are doing great work! And you have a lot of true fans.

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  2. Please take J Morgan's review, with a grain of salt, J likes to give out bad reviews. I called J on J's comment, J did not return back to me. Please check out how many reviews J have given. Keep on writing :-)

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    1. I noticed that after looking into it. Still, it's frustrating because I feel like he reviewed the book based on a one-paragraph synopsis.

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  3. Omar bell Univerce. World, where white men dont have a chance about their life and orientation. You have only three selections - life with black men like a woman (or sissy, gay etc), with women like "lesbians", because your penis useless after Great Change (How in this Universe white women would pregnant with white babies!? White men have useless penises and balls. They have "male infertility" after Great Change). And they would live with another white "boy" like him like two faggots. Thats Horrible and Sad. No white man in your captions (only in Omar Bell Universe. Other Captions great), books I'm still reading, have another chance to normal life like a normal man.
    PS: Sorry for my bad english.
    PPS: Your Captions Stories beautiful.

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    1. That's the point, though. Normality is relative.

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  4. Wow...seems I can't comment in Firefox at all....rewriting my comment in internet explorer and hopefully things will work out.

    Will not be as long as the previous one but I'll give it a go.

    You might take this as a negative review/reaction but that's up to you.

    First off, I have bought several of your stories, but I have been unsure of doing so with the Omar Bell stuff since I don't want to purchase anything I already read on Fictionmania.

    Also I have a big problem with one thing, and that is the page count and how you format your texts, for example, there are a lot of pages that only has 1 or more sentences that count as a page, chapters are usually 1 page and then another page with a sentence or two long, I've seen "chapters" that are less than a page long. Considering page count is something I look at when buying stories on Amazon....I just tend to refrain from writers with a lot of pages that has nothing on them....it's a borderline dishonest way of inflating page count.

    Anyhow your writing is interesting and all that, but yeah, got a big problem with this.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that.

      When formatting an e-book, you have to use page breaks after chapters. Otherwise, you'll have chapters starting in the middle of pages (which is just bad formatting). Because of this, there will inevitably be pages with only a few sentences. As to the chapter length, in the shorter stories, I write scenes, and I refuse to inflate the scene just to make it longer. If I've said what I need to say, I end the scene. If that means that it's half of a typed page, then so be it.

      That said, I'm sorry it annoys you. I don't even pay attention to page count when I'm writing a story; if I'm checking length, I look at the word count. The shorter stories (like the OBU stories) check in around 15-25k words while the longer (like An Experiment) have around 40-60k words. I've seen a few authors put the word count into the synopsis, so I'll probably start doing that to avoid confusion as to how long each story is.

      Hope that helps. If not, I'm sorry. I can't really do anything about the way the stories are formatted, and I'm not going to artificially inflate the chapters to make them longer.

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  5. Well, I think you know what I mean though, according to Amazon, "A tale of gender RR" has 141 pages, that includes cover and other stuff, I bought it and it has 56 chapters. I am not asking you to artificially inflate chapters, but as I have read this story there is a lot of content that doesn't need to have separate chapters but could have been included in an earlier one. Most the books I read that have 3-4 times that number of pages doesn't have as many chapters. You even beat Dan Brown who has the shortest chapters in history.

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