I had not realized it was so easy. But Dylan Saccoccio, author of The Boy and the Peddler of Death (The Tale of Onora #1), has discovered the formula and is well on his way to notoriety.
First step: write a book. It doesn’t matter how good it is.
Second step: find a negative review.
Third step: meltdown online.
See? Anyone can do it.
Here’s the demonstration. Someone named Cait read Saccoccio’s book, and did not like it. Then she dared to state her negative review on GoodReads.
This was just…so unnecessarily wordy and pretentious. I just did not enjoy it at all. … So how did I loathe this so entirely from page one? I don’t know.
The fun begins. Sacoccio responds to the review.
This review is not good for my business, so unless your desire is to ruin my dreams, it would mean a great deal if you could remove this review from my work and forget about it. But if it’s your desire to hurt me financially and ruin my business, then it’s understandable why you would post such a harmful review.
Yes. The only reason one might dislike a book is personal animus against the author, and a desire to snuff out his dreams and crush him economically. His reaction is to assume Cait hates him.
It escalates rapidly. Not only does Cait hate him, she is an evil person.
Do you have empathy? Do you know what it’s like to make something for a living? Are you human? Or do you just look at other people like they’re automatons that you can slander as though your actions don’t manifest consequences? Trust this. Me confronting someone that defaces my work says nothing about me other than the fact that I address it when someone goes out of his/her way to do so. But you left a 1 Star review on someone’s life’s work, someone who is trying to warn people what’s going on in this world so that they can protect themselves and help others, and think that is a moral action. 400,000 children go missing each year in the US alone. Do you know where they’re going? Do you know who’s behind it? Do you know why the media is silent about it? Do you know how much a person risks to confront the evil that’s running amok in this world? YOU don’t know right from wrong. And that’s what a review like this says about the person that wrote it.
To leave a one-star review of Sacoccio’s writing is to demonstrate that you are not human, and is just like someone who abducts a child. Who abducts 400,000 children.
It’s not just Cait. Everyone who agrees with her is waging war on the consciousness of humanity.
I’m not embarrassed at all. And all of you who are taking Cait S’s side, what you’re doing in the bigger picture is waging war on the consciousness of humanity. The end. If this interaction prevents you from reading my work, it’s okay. I’m not offended. I don’t want your money, nor do I want you having a bad experience by reading my books. What bothers me is when people that operated at a low level of consciousness defame the work of people that are trying to help humanity, and no one helps humanity better than artists.
Time to break out the random capitalization.
NO. I don’t want you to do anything because you’re immoral. Leave this up so that every person henceforth can see ALL OF YOU for what YOU ARE. DESTRUCTIVE to consciousness and humanity. What you’ve done to me, you do to YOURSELF, because if you KNEW anything about anything, you’d know we were all connected to each other, and instead of destroying each other’s work, you’d be supporting each other, which is why I will NEVER behave like ANY of you immoral people, and I won’t go seeing what you’ve written or done in the world so I can destroy that. No, I will only defend my work against EVIL.
And today, all of you see why EVIL IS KICKING HUMANITY’S ASS, and why the human condition is SLAVERY.
THAT’S what The Tale of Onora is about, and if you can’t grasp that, then BE GONE!
But now Saccoccio brings out the big guns. The reviewer called it wordy and pretentious, and loathed it from the first page…so he posts the first page of the book to prove that she is totally wrong.
“To you, that you may awaken to understand that the whole universe is a dance of energy, and that energy is God, and that energy is you. You are something that the whole universe is doing, that God is doing, just as a wave is something that the whole ocean is doing. The real you, the energy, the soul, is not a puppet that life pushes around. The real you is the whole universe. The real you is God, destined to follow no one, destined to ignite the ether and experience life from an individual perspective and take part in the creation. So this is for you, my fellow creators, my fellow gods, and my fellow selves, that coincidence may never disguise itself with the mask of fate and torment you, that every moment be meaningful, and that no experience be lost.”
I gave up at the first sentence.
But his strategy was successful. Look, Dylan Saccoccio is now a FAMOUS AUTHOR.
Of course, no one is going to be interested in reading his books, but he’s famous.