Comments: Dreams into reality

YEAH!!! I just read the mention. Nice!

Posted by marsha at June 7, 2005 02:57 AM

I think it was actually really shitty and passive-aggressive of him to post that little caveat. It's an arrogant awareness of his own clout -- and instead of guarding it warily, why not be a nice, normal generous person about it, and say, Please author, feel free to include that as a blurb! OR FREAKING EMAIL YOU INSTEAD OF PUBLICLY POSTING IT like a big drama queen and expecting some 'head to forward it to you. I don't know if he thought he was keeping himself real, but I think he's a bit of an asshole.

Posted by Col at June 8, 2005 10:58 AM

In defense of the asshole, he's cranky about the fact that lots and lots and lots of people give him books specifically in order to get blurbs, rather than because the book might, you know, entertain him. Since Blurb from Famous Guy + [hand waving bit] = PROFIT!, I understand how he could feel like people look at him as if he had an ATM sign over his head. Which would be, you know, all extremely depressing.

That said, you'd think that, having seen the actual blurbs on the actual book, Mr. Gaiman could have left off that last bit. On the other hand, nothing actually obliges him to tell people about random entertaining books, does it?

Thanks,
-V.

Posted by Vardibidian at June 8, 2005 08:29 PM

Yeah, I had mixed feelings about his parenthetical comment as well. My first reaction was, but I didn't ask you for a blurb (and, indeed, as Vardibidian points out, my book was published months ago and comes fully pre-blurbed), so why the attitude?

After rereading, I decided that he seemed to be expressing two separate thoughts -- I liked this book; I don't like people who ask me for blurbs -- and that it was not his intention to undercut his compliment with his joke about blurbs, even if it does kind of come off that way.

His comment the next day (in response to someone who asked him what his deal was with the blurbs, since the questioner had, in fact, only started reading Gaiman's work thanks to a Stephen King blurb) said, in part, "Well, it's not that I don't give blurbs any longer.... Several blurbs over the last couple of years, from authors as diverse as Greg McDonald, Nick Sagan, Robin McKinley and Peter Straub were actually taken from entries in this blog (not that I mind that)." It hardly makes sense that he would seriously single me out as the one person who is not allowed to extract a blurb from his blog, so I think the only reasonable interpretation is that he was joking.

Posted by Francis at June 9, 2005 01:42 AM