Some may not be aware of the recent post in TheGuardian by YA author Kathleen Hale which detailed her stalking of a blogger who didn’t love her book and the varied reactions to it. Some book bloggers, reacting to a subset of authors who see Hale as their hero, have chosen to have a blackout. What that means varies from site to site, the most common being not publishing new reviews for some period of time. For those who are learning about this for the first time here, this post at Bibliodaze and the several links it contains, will send you as far down the rabbit hole as you care to go.
We won’t be participating in the blackout. (If you want us to, pretend that we’ll be refusing to review any books published by Harper Teen, Hale’s publisher. Forever. Not that we ever would have any way.)
I’m not going to go into my rationale for not blacking out. However, I will say that despite that, we support those who are doing so, and thought a quick post expressing solidarity with our fellow bloggers was in order.