With Ridley as the center of attention and Ann Somerville making an appearance, you KNOW this is too good to miss. Make popcorn. Lots of ‘em!
On a more serious note, that stupid “let’s out mean people” blog is exactly the kind of drama that gives blogging and Goodreads a bad name. Outing people – what gives them the idea that this is the right thing to do? Even if Ridley is the meanest person alive, she still has the right to say what she does as long as (a) it’s her personal online space or (b) the owner of the online space allows her to say what she wants.
The Web is an anarchic place with only rules imposed by the people who own that particular slice of Web. There is no rule saying that you have to be nice on the Web. So if your skin is too thin to take the heat, don’t pout – get out. Maybe check out real life once in a while.
Edited on add: On the other hand, I personally don’t understand the Wrath of the Angry Reader that causes her to organize online movements to spam blogs everywhere and try to drive an author out of business (this is why I’m personally disturbed by online vigilante action). Sometimes what happens between an author and her editor or publisher or the cat that she kicked should be handled by the author and the other relevant parties, which may not include the reader. It’s like people lobbying to drive Author X from ever writing again because Author X allegedly plagiarized Author Y – this is a matter, I feel, best left between the two authors and their lawyers, as well as their publishers. There should be boundaries between readers and the authors that should not be crossed. Crossing these boundaries because the reader in a fit of hubris believes that she is entitled to control the author’s fate can result in bad things, such as drama of this nature. Perhaps it’s time we folks step back and ascertain whether we are all going over the line.