Dear Bookcaps

I want that hour of my life back.  That’s right, the hour I spent reading The Fantastic Mr. Anderson.  I bought this little biography of one of my favorite directors, Wes Anderson,  hoping it would give me some insight into his career and influences.  I was sorely disappointed.  I believe the review I posted on Amazon pretty much sums up my feelings on the subject.

“This book is truly awful. If you want a well-researched, well-written biography this is not the one to get.  It’s filled with typos, misspellings, and terrible sentence structure. It looked like a first draft.  Seriously, how did this get published? The bibliography consists of IMDB, Wikipedia, and Youtube.  If you’ve seen the films, this book doesn’t tell you anything you didn’t already know.  And if you haven’t, I wouldn’t trust this book as it lists Olivia Wilde as having played Ms. Cross in Rushmore.  It was actually Olivia Williams.  And Bill Murray did not play Henry in The Royal Tenenbaums. He played Margot’s husband, Raleigh St. Clair.  My advice, steer clear of this one.”

And that’s being kind.  You claim to be writing these books to help people learn about little-known subjects.  I fail to see how this helps anyone.  I imagine the Wikipedia pages are better written than this book.  It astounds me that it was even published in that condition.  A simple proofread would have made a world of difference.  Not to mention actual editing.  Obviously, that never crossed your mind.  I’m also shocked that you had the nerve to charge money for it.  Now that I think about it, I want my three dollars back too.

 Sincerely,

Kim

Seriously, what is going on with publishing these days?  Obviously, the internet has made it possible for anyone to publish whatever they write, whether it’s good or not.  That’s not a bad thing.  But when you are being paid to write, I expect something more.  And that goes for news organizations and entertainment magazines as well.  I have read articles about one of my favorite bands where the info is just plain wrong.  Things like ages and when and where things took place.  A quick trip to the Wiki would have cleared that right up.  But this professional writer (professional, y’all) just couldn’t be bothered.  If the facts about my favorite band were wrong, how can I trust the things printed about someone I’m unfamiliar with?

And don’t even get me started on proofreading.  It is sad the state of news articles online.  They are riddled with typos, bad diction, and awkward sentence structure.  Do these people have Journalism degrees?  If so, did any of their classes actually require them to learn to write?  I really think it comes back to laziness.  It’s five minutes out of your life to read over what you just wrote and clean up the typos but that’s just too much to ask.  It must not matter to your boss either since it got published that way.

Okay, rant over.  But come on, man.  If you’re going to write, please have some respect for the art and do it justice.

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