I don’t have a cat. But if I did…

Posted Jul 18 2017, 9:26 pm

Call it a rant.

Call it a public service announcement.

Maybe call it a hard kick in the ass of reality…

You would think this goes without saying, but it’s not okay to email an author and shred them professionally (and personally) because you feel something in their books is similar to something on television or in another book.

Let’s face it. Everything is similar to everything else in some small way. Are you going to blast someone who writes vampire fiction because there’s a similarity between it and, say, The Vampire Diaries (RIP, *sniffsniff*)? No. Because if you dig hard enough, chances are you’re going to find something you feel is similar. Character, setting, plot–take your pick.

Yesterday I received an email from a reader. This person threatened to find my house and kill my cat–

(I don’t have a cat, BTW)

–and a wide array of other colorful things. Why? Because she felt that a specific aspect of one of my books was too similar to a plot line on one of her favorite television shows last season. Naturally, I must have stolen the idea.

Crazytown, right?

First off, most books are written years ahead of when they actually hit the shelf. I’m sure there are exceptions to that rule, but generally speaking, books aren’t plotted, written, sold, edited, edited again, edited AGAIN, then published in the span of twelve months. These things take time. Editors have multiple books to work on and release schedules are planned out way in advance. The book in question was written in 2013/2014 and had the unfortunate timing to pop at the tail end of a popular television show’s mildly similar plot line.

When TOUCH first came out, there were at least two other awesome books released around the same time with slightly similar aspects (death touch). Did I rip them off? Did they rip me off? The answer is no. No one ripped anyone else off. No ideas were stolen. It was just weird timing. It happens.

Second…why the hell would anyone think it was okay to email someone simply to curse and threaten and spew hate at them? Really, what IS the point? I’m all for expressing your thoughts in a review if a book doesn’t float your boat (though you should never bring the author’s personal life/family into it), but it is NEVER okay to email an author (or anyone else under pretty much any other circumstance) because your ship didn’t sail, your favorite character died, your most hated character didn’t die, there weren’t enough bunnies in the story, ect.

Please step back and take a breath if something about a book bothers you to a point where you feel the need to send an email like this. The YA community is amazing and full of such awesome people. Not every story works for every person, but it’s important to remember we’re all human and should treat each other with love and respect.

Plus, threatening someone’s pets? Dick move.

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3 responses to “I don’t have a cat. But if I did…”

  1. Jen says:

    Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry this happened to you. How could someone reach out to another and personally attack them in regards to their thoughts on a book? Let alone threaten to kill their pet, regardless of whether it exists or not. Do these people not have morals, filters, or even a heart? Ugh. I won’t ever understand why people do this. Sending hugs and strength your way.

    But on a happy note​ I just finished a reread of Infinity and then read Omega and I love the stories you write and create. Their unique in their own way and the characters pop right off of the pages and are breathtaking. I have no clue who I want more?! Cade or Noah. Ugh. The struggle is real.πŸ˜‰

    • jusaccardo says:

      Hi Jen πŸ™‚ Glad you’re enjoying the series!! πŸ˜€ I’ll be honest, Noah was always my fave…until I wrote book 3. I can’t say he’s been replaced by *INSERT SPOILER HERE* exactly…but it’s REALLY close πŸ˜‰

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