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Mesg #90973 "Bad Reviews - the Funny Side"
Author Wandering Author     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Sat Jun-23-12 02:59 PM
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This opinion piece on the BBC site had me laughing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18549694

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Mesg #90974 "RE: Bad Reviews - the Funny Side"
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The article is very amusing, but the advice is not new just focused.

Love your enemies; it will drive them crazy.

There a possible bad side effect. What if the reviewer starts to become a clinger who won't let go? Might be the kernal for a book.

Murder to get rid of a him, or romance. And that makes me wonder -- things.

A bit sideways, but have you ever read Dale Carnegie's famous How to Win Friends and Influence People. I've never finished it. I always found the advice a bit sickening. I finally bought a copy a few years ago, before I fell into the doldrums, thinking that it might be a good source of characters. Some of the advice is to indulge in good old fashioned brown nosing. He backs this up with startling examples. He even branches into how to convince one's children that what you want them to do is their idea.

Thanks for posting.

Weird Jim

"Good reading is the only test of good writing"
Robertson Davies. A voice from the attic 1960

  

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Plot bunnies... Yes, I can see where this could spawn a few ideas...

As for Dale Carnegie, I've never really been able to bring myself to read it. There's something that would seem so cold blooded about sitting down to read how to 'win friends and influence people'. "A bit sickening" is as good a description as any of how that strikes me. I won't say it's the last book I'd ever read, but there are just too many books out there I really want to read anyway to think I'll ever spend time on a book that gives me the creeps the way that one does. (I'm not attacking anyone who's read it, or saying they don't have their reasons - just as I have mine for not reading it. )

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