Shelved For Life – Badly Behaving Authors #1
I’ve been fascinated by a list on Goodreads called Badly Behaving Authors, ever since discovering it after my own trouble with an author. It currently has 610 books shelved on it and warns readers to avoid other books by these authors. But what did these authors do to deserve their place on the list. Sometimes it’s hard to find out. I’ve picked a couple authors off the list at random and tried to dig up exactly what their crime was and post the evidence for it.
Do they deserve the BBA title? Does the evidence convince to you not to read their books? Let me know in the comments!
#2 The Sword and the Dragon (The Wardstone Trilogy, #1) by M. R. Mathis
74 people voted him as a BBA
Crime: M. R. Mathis got upset at Fantasy Fiction for moving his posts into small press/self published section of their forum.
#92 Grounding Quinn (Grounding Quinn, #1) by Steph Campbell
5 people voted her as a BBA
Crime: Supported a BBA (Jaime McGuire) on Twitter.
Evidence: Screenshot of a tweet on March 13, 2012
#604 Fables of the Reconstruction by Hunter Jones
1 person voted her as a BBA
Crime: I’m not sure if the person is upset the author used a REM song for the title or if the person is accusing the author of abusing Goodreads listopias.
Evidence: Goodreads DNR shelf on January 22, 2013
#208 Wings (Wings, #1) by Aprilynne Pike
2 people voted her as a BBA.
Crime: Tweeted her dislike about snarky reviews.
#116 Choices-The Darker Years by Eve Thomas
4 people voted her as a BBA
Crime: This one I witnessed unfold (the start at least). Eve Thomas spammed several GR groups and then spammed an apology through blogs and comments. And then more things happened.
Out of these five, Eve Thomas and M. R. Mathis were the only two where I could find a lot of links to explain what happened. Due to account deletions and/or links being out of date, it was difficult to find the source for the others. Also, if there are any authors on the list that you want to know what they did to “earn” a spot on the BBA list, please comment below and I’ll try to figure it out.
Personally, I think based on cover (let’s face it – most of these look self-published) and genre alone, I’d only consider reading Aprilynne Pike’s book. I’m planning on meeting her and several other authors on July 29th for a book signing…so I probably will end up buying a book of hers. The others, well, even without the controversy, I’m not interested in the books.