As far as I can make out, all internet trolls have an enormous chip on their shoulder. Despite never actually managing to produce a book the general public enjoyed reading in their thousands, they feel it is their duty to tear apart any and all other books who did, always providing they get their claws on a free copy of course!
What do you learn from this? If you wish to be left alone by today’s trolls, don’t give your book away!!!
These days more and more of these loathsome individuals no longer bother to hide behind pseudonyms. Preferring instead to hide in plain sight on various writing sites on Facebook. One of my more recent books has been targeted by two of these individuals – one here in the UK. The other a writer of my acquaintance in the Eastern Mediterranean…
I can only surmise that because of their own inadequacies, people like that see those of us who enjoy some modicum of success as the enemy. They dare not attack their agent, editor or publisher for fear of retaliation, so they vent their spleen by attacking someone they’re not – the successful writer.
Here are a few verbatim examples of typical troll reviews. I have deliberately left out the title and author of each book, to focus your attention entirely on the sheer vindictiveness of the troll involved.
“The author has based a character on a teenage girl he is obsessed with. He has used her real name without her permission. If that wasn’t bad enough, the quotes in the spoiler tag below show how absolutely disgusting the whole thing is. The only other notable thing is how poor the writing is; the author doesn’t even seem to know the meaning of some of the words he uses. It would be funny if it wasn’t so disturbing. This book makes me sick.”
“Perhaps one of THE worst books in the history of literature…..this history or any other! I WANT MY MONEY BACK! Any egyptian national would be offended by this book and any person of average or above intellect (clearly not the author) would be offended by this book. Even within the realms of fantasy this “work” would NOT be considered worthy or considered at all. Perhaps it should come with a clearly stated warning that readers beware of impending rubbish upon purchase? Have i already said I WANT MY MONEY BACK!? And while we are doing that please can i have all reference of this book cleansed from my memory? I will even put thought to financial contribution to the author never self-publishing any future “works” as clearly this would benefit mankind’s future.
“My expectations kept drooping as I read the book until I could stand it no more. I felt like I was reading a narrative put together by a 7 year old without the pleasure of a 7 year old’s breathless enthusiasm. What a waste of time!”
“The story dosent really pull the reader in. The writing is ment for a very young reader. The story line is rather boring.”
“i find myself struggling to like authors who come up with those strange surnames as well as other worlds.don’t claim to be any better at tho.this bunch of aliens were real sob’s do they get their comupance(sp)?read it & you will find out even if some of the protaganists don’t quite measure up more water could have solved the problems handily”
“This has gotta be the worst book I’ve purchased from Kindle – even at 99c it’s way overpriced. Meandering storylines that just peter out and the ending is pathetic. Best advice I can give you is DON’T!
You will note the dead give away when it comes to Trolls, in particular those domiciled in the United States – Anger coupled with bad spelling…
Blaming others for their own failings does nothing to endear trolls to the hard working writers they positively hate. Since being banned from what they thought were sanctuaries for their like – Amazon and Goodreads, as I said earlier, the odd one or two have moved to various book groups on Facebook. Hopefully FB will throw them out as well…