Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fiction (testing4l) wrote,
Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fiction
testing4l

Let's try this phrase on for size: "yuppie fascism"

Terry Goodkind made an interesting statement at some sort of forum. He claims he doesn't write fantasy, but instead he writes about people.

He's far from the first person to do that. Anne Rice went so far as to preface the VHS version of "Interview with a Vampire" with a 10 minute speech about the fact that she's writing about people, not vampires. Which makes me laugh a little because it suggests that "vampires are people too!".

Someone noted similarities between his "Sword of Truth" series and the "Wheel of Time" series. He responded that "[I]f you notice a similarity, then you probably aren't old enough to read my books."

Someone mentioned that they've been defending his books a lot to former fans of the series, to which he replied:
Don't be fooled. The assertion made by these detractors is a note wrapped around a brick thrown through the window. These people are not fans. There are hundreds if not thousands of fantasy books that fulfill their professed taste in books. Why would they continue to read books they claim are bad? Because they hate that my novels exists. Values arouse hatred in these people. Their goal is not to enjoy life, but to destroy that which is good -much like a school child who does not wish to study for a test and instead beats up a classmate who does well. These people hate what is good because it is good. Their lives are limited to loathing and indifference. It isn't that they want to read a good book, what they want is to make sure that you do not. Ignore them.


Here (and elsewhere), a bunch of people have commented similarly to this comment:
It is just my luck that I have read the whole serie [sic] of The Sword of Truth before reading the various answers and interviews of Terry Goodkind. He just seems to think that people who don't love him the way he is are beneath him (how awfully pretentious). Anyway, his books are good, but now that I got a glimpse of how he thinks of himself and the rest of the world I will think twice before reading another of his books. How can a writer write good books when he/she him/herself is a narcissic [sic] person, just like Goodkind? Don't be scared by his real personality and it shouldn't be an obstacle to read his books.

and
I've never heard of this person but you folk have already put me off him. The thought of purchasing anything by this pompous windbag and therefore contributing to his earnings fills me with horror!


I emphasized that statement because it is yet another instance of the phenomenon I commented on a few posts ago. People are so obsessed with the idea of "voting with their money" that success becomes a matter of being on a tightrope and attempting not to offend anyone, lest they decide that someone "like you" could never write a "good book".

In the simplest form, these are textbook statements of an ad hominem fallacy. You're claiming that someone's work isn't good because of who they are. These say, "You can't write a good book because you don't agree with me."

Reader:
You are a pompous windbag if you ever judge someone's work by what they believe in.
You are attempting to curtail someone else's income because they exercise their right of free speech in a way you don't agree.
You are attempting to prevent someone from earning money in a particular way because they had the audacity to disagree with you.
Furthermore, you have likely produced nothing and you are trying to destroy someone else's work because they disagree with you.

I wonder if we'll start censoring achievements based on the things people believe. Perhaps we'll start rewriting the textbooks. Some suggestions:
Thomas Edison didn't really popularize the lightbulb because he hated academics.
Nikola Tesla didn't really create Westinghouse's AC transformer because he hated fat people.
John Travolta was never in a good movie because he's a Scientologist.
Mark Twain never wrote a good book because he maliciously poked fun at people.

Do you really believe you're somehow making the world a better place this way? You really think that by forcing your beliefs upon people by refusing to let some people profit improves the universe?

If you believe that, you are more egotistical, self-righteous, and incapable of seeing reason than I am. I accept that I can be wrong when I say something. You are committing yourself to action which cannot be taken back because of the things you do.

I am coining the term "yuppie fascism" for this belief and I expect that many people are going to earn this label in short order. Some among my friends list have already earned it.
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