Some of you will understand what's going on here, and for some of you I can only offer my apologies. I no longer know where to go with this crap.
Apparently another Goodreads member has been banned for negatively shelving a book, or books by a particular author or something.
I don't know this reader. I think she may also be a writer, but at this moment I'm not sure.
There have been so many issues going on that I don't trust my memory to be 100% accurate on this, so I'm more than open to correction, especially with documentation. I have some screen shots, but not a lot.
The reader's Twitter handle implies her name is Angela, and that's how I will refer to her.
As I recall, Angela and several others were engaged in discovering the various Amazon book stuffers. I was one of them. We all worked together, some of us doing more and some of us doing less, to identify the books and authors who had violated Kindle Direct Publishing's rules to game the system. That was one of several issues.
There was also an issue with a specific book and it author who appeared to be engaged in some kind of racial insensitivity. That's the only term I can think of to describe it, because I wasn't involved. I don't remember who the author was or the title of the book. Angela engaged with this author on the issue. I didn't. I don't even know why I didn't; I think I was engaged in other issues.
Another person on Twitter, an author whose name I won't mention because I don't want to draw her attention, challenged Angela. I don't want to say she attacked Angela because I didn't see enough of the various exchanges to characterize their interactions as an attack. The other author was apparently outed as having several Twitter accounts and using them to challenge other people. Apparently, according to my sketchy memory, she denied having the other accounts, but there was substantial evidence presented to show that she was not being entirely honest.
While all of this was going on, one of Angela's supporters challenged me about something. I asked for clarification or additional information before I would come dow on one side or another. Twitter being what it is, with its limited space for expression, there may well have been misunderstandings. I didn't get any clarification, and the next thing I knew, both Angela and her supporter had blocked me.
I think part of the issue was that I suggested Angela and/or her supporters not keep poking the bear or risk getting bitten. I tend to do that. There's a point at which antagonism no longer generates any return on the investment in indignation.
At least one other of her supporters has not blocked me.
The other author, the one accused of having multiple Twitter accounts, has also not blocked me.
I don't know all the details of the Bane event. I know part of it, but I've not been particularly active in it.
I think everyone knows how I feel about authors who attack readers or tell readers how to review. Bane apparently was engaged in reader silencing or intimidation.
Bane is also pretty much of a nobody, I guess. Jill Mansell is not a nobody. She's now going after readers, and it's getting ugly. If Angela has been removed from Goodreads due to her shelving of Bane's books, this is further intimidation of readers. Those of us who go back to 2013 know what that was like.
A good part of the problem, however, goes back to the fact that readers are not protected. They aren't safe when voicing unpopular opinions, even if only unpopular with the authors. Bad books are bad books, even if only one reader thinks so. On Amazon, on Goodreads, on Twitter: Authors feel safe in attacking readers, and too often there aren't enough defenders.
For the most part, we've been very lucky here on BookLikes. We post our one-star, half-star, and no-star reviews and the authors leave us alone. Yeah, there were the goofy posts from Weinberg and his minions, but that was minor. I've had one author on Twitter stalk me here and get all upset because even without mentioning her name or the title of her book, I made a disparaging remark. But we aren't likely to get booted for negative reviews, and we can shelve without retaliation.
But BookLikes is not in the forefront of book reviewing. Goodreads and Amazon -- and they're joined at the corporate hip -- are. And when a reader is removed from those platforms, she's effectively silenced.
Too few of the attackers ever are.