Plus: the curse of being funny on Twitter, and the best thread of the year
This was so enjoyable to read! I feel like everyone fears 3 stars because it suggests mediocrity, which is such a human fear (for perfectionists anyway). With so much choice of content, it also doesn’t help out sheepy brains decide what to consume. :b I guess the impulse is you may as well go for a 4-5 star or 1 star cause it will hopefully provoke some sort of reaction.
This reminded me of a less-than-enthusiastic review I gave to an original theatrical production a few years back and the playwright/lead actor badgered me for a long time to change my review because he couldn't use it to convince other theatres to stage his play. One of his final emails was filled with a lot of deliberate misspellings and a lament that he was suffering from some disease so I should go easy on him.
Excellent read. As the recipient of a number of one star reviews in the past (turns out Americans aren't keen on either Geordie dialect or council estate profanity...who knew?) this made me laugh. I'm not a fan of Taylor Swift either but I'm going to read that thread now...
Great read. Before I click all these Succession links I wanted to say that once I tweeted a (very sweet!) joke about the Avatar episode of How To with John Wilson without tagging anything or anyone and the Avatar fans still found me. 😒 But to one of your other points, my initial contact with my agent was because she liked my Twitter voice - so there are instances that it can be a good introduction to a writer, but I agree that it shouldn't then set any expectation for subsequent work. Every version of our written selves is specifically curated, whether we notice we're doing it or not.