LET’S FACE IT.  ARTISTS, MYSELF INCLUDED, CAN BE A LITTLE DRAMATIC AND VERY VERY SENSITIVE WHEN IT COMES TO OUR ART.  But one unknown author, Jacqueline Howett, apparently lost it back in March 2011 when an unknown blogger Big Al, gave her a MODEST review for “The Greek Seaman”.  I thought it was a seemingly honest and fair review, having read it and still maintained a positive interest in the work.  This is what Big Al wrote:

“If you read The Greek Seaman from the start until you click next page for the last time I think you’ll find the story compelling and interesting. The culture shock felt by the newlywed bride, Katy, who finds herself far from her native England, living on a cargo ship with her seaman husband Don is a good story in itself. Katy adapting to this all male environment with a crew of mixed nationality, most non-English speaking, is compelling. Whether Katy and Don will survive the criminal conspiracies the ship owner and captain have planned is yet another conflict that should keep a reader in suspense to the end.

However, odds of making that final click are slim. One reason is the spelling and grammar errors, which come so quickly that, especially in the first several chapters, it’s difficult to get into the book without being jarred back to reality as you attempt unraveling what the author meant. At times, you’ll be engrossed in the story when you’ll run across a flowery description of the emotions Katy is feeling about her situation or her husband. These are numerous and sometimes very good. Chances are one of these sections originally pulled you so deeply into Katy’s world. Then you’ll run into one that doesn’t work and get derailed again. Reading shouldn’t be that hard.”

He didn’t even blast her book in my opinion, but simply noted what he thought were moment-breaking flaws – awkward sentence construction and typos.  That’s when Jacqueline pulled a KANYE WEST-sized tantrum and grabbed the mic.  There was no Taylor Swift or Beyonce or even MTV crowd, just millions of internet users who heard about the F-bomb tantrum as it went viral.  I reposted some of the comments.  For the full shabang, visit Bil Al’s site: http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/2011/03/greek-seaman-jacqueline-howett.html…(Note:  all the expletive comments were apparently pulled by Howett.

Jacqueline Howett said…
You obviously didn’t read the second clean copy I requested you download that was also reformatted, so this is a very unfair review. My Amazon readers/reviewers give it 5 stars and 4 stars and they say they really enjoyed The Greek Seaman and thought it was well written. Maybe its just my style and being English is what you don’t get. Sorry it wasn’t your cup of tea, but I think I will stick to my five star and four star reviews thanks.
March 18, 2011 5:32 AM
Jacqueline Howett said…
5 stars from amazon UK.
I really enjoyed this read. It is light and easy to read but not lacking in entertainment and interest. I paricularly enjoyed being made a part of the story (or the feeling that I was) and also how discriptively it is written so that you can see the places and feel like you have visited them, which I find very important in a book. A good all round read! Very well written.
March 19, 2011 5:22 AM
Jacqueline Howett said…
4 star review from Amazon USA.
I enjoyed reading the book, The Greek Seaman. The story is about a seaman with his younger wife that use to be a ballet dancer. The seaman takes on a job on an old ship and brings his young wife along, and the adventure on the high seas begin. The story is told very well and has vivid descriptions within every page.
March 19, 2011 6:52 AM
Jacqueline Howett said…
5 stars
Another review just came in from Amazon- USA for The Greek Seaman novel.Very much enjoyed reading the book. The experiences that the author encountered while on the ship with her husband were very well written. You couldn’t help find yourself in her place as you were reading. Whether it be when she was steering the ship, seeing dolphins for the first time or experiencing a hurricane at sea, just to name a few. The descriptions of each new daily adventure she encountered seemed to effortlessly find themselves on each page for the reader to enjoy.

WOW.  Just goes to show, not only A-list artists have their tightly-wound, humongous EGOS, but apparently striving, up-and-coming authors from England, do not want anything remotely bad uttered about their blood-sweat and tears.

In contrast, let’s see how a famous artist with blockbuster movie success handled poor reviews of one of his movies:


According to moviefone.com, when New York’s Vulture had a phone interview regarding  unfavorable reviews of “The Last Airbender,” in 2010, Shyamalan was gracious in his response:

“I "Learn from me Jacqueline"don’t know what to say to that stuff. I bring as much integrity to the table as humanly possible. It must be a language thing, in terms of a particular accent, a storytelling accent. I can only see it this certain way and I don’t know how to think in another language. I think these are exactly the visions that are in my head, so I don’t know how to adjust it without being me. It would be like asking a painter to change to a completely different style. I don’t know.”

Perhaps he has a point about the language barrier, as I didn’t understand a word of what he said, but what matters is, he was GRACIOUS, even when informed that film critic Roger Ebert called the film “an agonizing experience.”