Hello guys !
Today I’m in kind of in a ranty mood over all the negative vibes I’ve been sensing going around the community lately. Now, bare with me if I ramble and stop me if I’m out of line because this is going to be a post where I say things the way I feel them and if you know me, you know I have a LOT of opinions so I hope to get them across the right way.
I first joined this community for my love of books and because I have been looking at it from the outside for quite some while and it seemed like such a positive, loving and peaceful community. And it is. For the most part. Being the kind of person who likes to stay as far away from drama as possible, I haven’t been part of any feuds first hand and in almost 8 months of blogging, I’ve had 0 trolls. That doesn’t mean though that I haven’t noticed anything, it’s just that I’ve been brushing it off until now. Because I just have to say something, even if my voice is only a small one in an ocean of others.
For the past couple of months, I’ve seen alarmingly increasing amounts of hate going around. People hating on Fandoms, Fandoms hating on people, Fandoms hating on Fandoms, people hating on people because of divergent opinions, people hating on authors because of diversity, people hating on authors because of the lack of diversity and so on and so forth. Calm your hormones! Books are not supposed to attract this much hate because at the end of the day, books are just books (Yes I dare say so!) and there are much bigger problems in the world to be fighting over which character is better, who got the idea from where, what kind of topics should be discussed etcetera etcetera…
To me, and to most sane people out there, books are supposed to bring us together, to be inclusive, to spread love, to make us happy even if the topic itself isn’t that happy, to open our eyes to new things therefore making us more open-minded, to expend our knowledge and give us new things to talk about and while all of this is still standing, it’s being overshadowed by immature reactions to matters that should again, BRING EVERYONE TOGETHER. I don’t know about you, but these petty fights make it harder for me to find the motivation to share anything, and to be honest, the last couple of weeks, I really have been lacking that little spark that kept me going for 6-7 months. It is just mentally exhausting to be seeing shade thrown every damn time I log into Twitter.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not cutting my blogging journey anytime soon, I still love the community endlessly and I still am appreciative of everything it has brought me, from new friends to a new kind of confidence and even just the fact that it helped me practice my English BUT I’m just saying that hate is making it harder.
I won’t start hating on haters because that’s just pointless and you can’t fight fire with fire, but I just have a few things to say. How can a person asking for more representation bother you? How can a person’s respectful opinion bother you? How can people loving a certain book bother you? I just don’t understand how anyone can be ticked off so badly just by someone else’s tastes, wishes and hopes. I JUST DON’T. It’s like being bothered by someone else’s happiness, it’s ridiculous and we should all be better humans than this, because if we’re still fighting over books and we ARE the future, how are we supposed to fight hunger, end wars, live peacefully? I know you think it’s just a small thing and I’m overreacting but you should look at the bigger picture. Trashing someone because they just want more PoCs, Muslims, Buddhists, Gays, Trans, etc… in their books (just to give an exemple), JUST in books, may seem harmless to some, but it’s like saying you’re meaningless and don’t deserve to be heard, so if that’s not discrimination at its finest I don’t know what is.
Here’s a piece of quick advice. If you don’t like a person’s view on things, the unfollow button exists for a reason. If you don’t agree with an author’s works, don’t read them. If you don’t like a certain fandom ignore it. If you don’t want to read diverse books, don’t buy them. If you see someone advocating for more representation, leave them be. Let people be happy and do whatever does it for them. As long as they don’t attack you, why go out of your way to hurt them? You may think it’s insignificant, you may not be affected by trolls, I know I definitely am not but there are some people who take every little thing to heart and that may be way more affected by your words than you can ever imagine.
So please, be more tolerant. Spread positive vibes. Spread the love.
That’s it until next time.
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