>Um, is it just me, or did anyone else not receive the email that Wendell is
>referring to? All I got was what Joan forwarded that had a brief comment from
>Ms. Yolen, and not much more. Something that brief certainly could not produce
>such insight into Ms. Yolen's thinking process.
Here is is, courtest of JAne who tells me it's the first real hate mail
she's ever gotten.
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My First REAL hate mail
Posted by Jane Yolen on July 7, 2003, 2:09 am
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Thought you might be fascinated by this. And while I was tempted to
write:" Dear Ms. Sims, I thought you should know that some crazy person has
somehow gotten hold of your computer and has been sending out bizarre
mail..." I didn't.
I am currently about 30 pages into the piece of trash "book" that you
have called "Sword of the Rightful King." ÔøI do not know where to start
on my soon to be brutal criticism of this disgrace to literature.
ÔøFirstly, what were you thinking changing the story of King Arthur? Ôø
If you're going to change the story, then change the story, but make up
your mind and don't steal character names to make your failure seem more
impressive. ÔøSimilarly, if you have decided to keep the same character
names, then KEEP THE SAME CHARACTER NAMES. Ôø I don't know if there was
some ancient tale that told of Merlin's name being Merlinnus, but I really
couldn't care less. ÔøAnyone who would read this book (or be forced to
read this book in my case) would not know that Merlinnus was his real name.
Ôø In the event that you were just in a goofy mood and thought you'd have
some fun with names, I think you are even more of a disgrace to young adult
authors than I had before. ÔøI do not really see a very clear
definition of what age group this filth should be applied to either.
ÔøYou say that it is a book intended for young adults, and I guess that
you are probably pretty close, atleast you found a mean between the two
ridiculous extremes I'm about to describe to you. Ôø The writing style,
type face, and crazilly large margins seem as if intended for young
children, and maybe you have no control over the publishing, but you do
have complete control (ignoring the influence of editors) Ôøover the sort
of language used in the novel. Ôø As opposed to the childish writing style
employed in this trainwreck, I have already, by page 30, noticed several
things that would not be appropriate for children under 16 to be reading in
literature. ÔøI am referring obviously to your use of the word "damn"
constantly, and your placing innappropriate, unnecessary, and really quite
disgusting sexual themes where ever they can be put. Ôø I am appalled to
think of children who have read this shameful production of
garbage and having been influence
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